View Full Version : Bill's little Superu

Tue 22nd January 2008, 11:53 PM

Scroll down linked page (http://thesuperu.com) for slideshow of the evolution from basic used subie to it's current state waiting on the 2" body lift to arrive. :D

Wed 23rd January 2008, 05:50 AM
Thats real nice. where did you get the snorkel from and what state do you live in? what you have done is some of the things i'm wanting to do.

Wed 23rd January 2008, 06:37 AM
I believe he's in the US....

Outback bloke
Wed 23rd January 2008, 06:54 AM
Freekin' hell you have spent some money on it. You might have issues with your skid plate and your new lift kit though.

Wed 23rd January 2008, 09:29 AM
Thanks for all the feedback. It's not as much money as it seems. Or maybe it was so gradual, that I lost track!

The snorkel is a Safari Snorkel meant for a Toyota Prado 120 Series.

I'm on the North East coast of the US. This is my daily driver and serves as the family vehicle for camping trips. I'm planning to build a sturdier trailer with matching Subie wheels that will hold an Ezi-Awn Family sized rooftop tent in the next year or so.

And finally, I figured I may have to make some minor changes to fit the skidplate once the body lift is in, but we'll get her sorted out.

Btw, I love this site. You guys rock down under! Hope to get down there one day for a nice loooong vacation.

Wed 23rd January 2008, 09:42 AM
my post got deleted for some reason...

Still think it looks the goods, any details on the motor? Have u got any more offroading pics?

Wed 23rd January 2008, 10:52 AM
Hey AndrewT. I thought there was a post missing.

The STi decals were sent by mistake when I ordered some of the others so I decided to add them on since eventually I want to do an engine swap with a built wrx engine. Promised the Mrs. I'd hold off until after we passed the 100k mile mark. ;) It's up to 89k now, so 2009 might be the year for a swap.

Here's a shot with a better view of the snorkel.

Here's the end of the sand trail at one of our favorite beaches. We were told we were the only car to make it down last season. Mostly jeeps and lifted pickups. The trail itself was heavily rutted and the sand was very loose. This year should be a lot easier once the 2" body lift is in.


Will try to get around to loading up the Christmas Eve mud run pics. Messy fun for the whole family! :D

Wed 23rd January 2008, 11:46 AM
What does the hood scoop do?

What is the current engine, 3.0L H6 or the 2.4L H4
If its a 6cyl and you wanna upgrade, there are supercharging kits out there for them

I like the silver subaru logo on the sides, it matches the silver bumper/flares/siderunners very well.

This is my 1000th post!

Wed 23rd January 2008, 06:56 PM
Very nice looking Outback you have there Suberu I like the Subaru logos
and Welcome to the Forum.

Thu 24th January 2008, 03:20 PM
thats a monster !!!!!!!!!!!!! wow

whats with the kangaroo decals??

again wow!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D:-D:-D

Thu 24th January 2008, 10:29 PM
very nice setup outback you have there mate, looks like you can go offroad for some time with all the stuff you have on bord there, the car looks great. Love to see it when you have the llift kit in the car, keep the mods coming and the pics.
Looks like you have lots of fun in that car. What dose the wife say every time she sees you have come home with something new on the car all the time?

Fri 25th January 2008, 02:38 AM
The scoop actually provides a heat exit for the engine compartment as the lights up front block a fair anount of air flow through the grill. I have a Cusco style scoop in the garage that I'm going to fit this summer.


The design of this scoop is specific to increasing airflow into and out of the engine compartment, so it should do a nice job of keeping things cooler.

The kangaroo decals just seemed fitting on a car named Outback!

My wife has been amazingly good about the whole build and has seen the utility in many of the additions. Especially the fridge/freezer for camping and the big lights for lighting up dark wooded trails! She really enjoys being outdoors and getting to places with otherwise limited access. Plus, it's a big hit with my 3 boys!

Sat 26th January 2008, 10:13 AM
Very impressive mate, how many watts are the lights in front of the grill, whats the diameters as well?

Sat 26th January 2008, 10:38 AM
The lights are:

Lightforce 240 XGT - 100w - 240mm
Lightforce 170 Striker - 100w - 170mm adjustable from pencil to flood

I run the 170s with the amber filters as fogs and swap the wide/spot clear combo filters when I need full bright light. The 170s are also adjustable by hand from spot to flood. So far, the stock alternator and Optima AGM dual purpose yellow top battery have been sufficient, but I think a second battery and an isolator may be in my future. Especially, if I need the winch for more than the occasional pull! :D

Wed 30th January 2008, 11:18 AM
Question: How well does the alternator cope with all those lamps on and say the rear demister as well? There's some serious current draw when all those lights are on, how many watts are the other foglights I can see there too?

Wed 30th January 2008, 03:48 PM
well 100w at 12v is 8.3A, so to be safe we will say 10A (in fact at 14.4V a 100W light will draw 10A)

So 4 x 100W lights will draw about 40A, i dont know what size alternator the US outback has, but thats probably getting close to its limit

Tue 19th February 2008, 12:23 AM
That is a great Outback!

Tue 19th February 2008, 01:59 PM
well 100w at 12v is 8.3A, so to be safe we will say 10A (in fact at 14.4V a 100W light will draw 10A)

So 4 x 100W lights will draw about 40A, i dont know what size alternator the US outback has, but thats probably getting close to its limit

itll handle them EASY. Ive ran 4x130watt spotties with my old ea82, no worries, also with the massive stereo going.


Tue 19th February 2008, 02:17 PM
nice little rig you got there. well put together!

Tue 22nd April 2008, 09:33 AM
Upon further review, the big lights looked like Mickey Mouse ears, so I reversed the mounts and brought them a bit lower.

Still need to finish wiring up the small ones, but much happier with the look.


Bring on the night. :D


cool banana
Thu 1st May 2008, 02:42 PM
Again..Nice Car!
The front towing point...what type is it and how have you mounted it? Any close ups and info would be greatly appreciated.

Sun 26th April 2009, 02:45 AM



more to come...

Outback bloke
Sun 26th April 2009, 03:28 AM
EE710533992AU AUSTRALIA SLOVENIA Your item arrived at the international processing centre in SLOVENIA - LJUBLJANA at 16:11 on 18 Jul 2008, and is awaiting clearance for delivery processing.

Yes, you read that right! My lift kit took a detour to Slovenia!!! :-)

It is no wonder things get lost at times. The car is looking good. Bigger tyres now maybe?

Sun 26th April 2009, 06:53 AM
The car is looking good. Bigger tyres now maybe?


I just put a new set of Yokohama Geolandar AT/S on today. 215/65/16. They are bit bigger than stock, but leave me enough room between the tire and the Rally Armor mud flaps so snow and slush won't get jammed up in there too often.

Sun 26th April 2009, 10:09 PM
Looking real good now mate, with the lift kit in it makes the car look like a off roader,
it just looks a lot better now that it's sitting up a bit, the hole car looks BIGGER.

Nice job mate, looks good.


Sun 3rd May 2009, 09:57 AM
Finally getting a few minutes to post up some additional pics.

One of four rear carrier spacers.


The installation starts with a trolley jack under the rear carrier. Loosening the carrier bolts and lowering the carrier about 3 inches. Spacers go in, bolts go in hand tight, rear A-arms are loosened, spacers installed, bolts snugged up. Struts out, spacers on.


Gearbox spacers go in next. Same process, lower with jack, install spacers, bolts in, back up.

Front installation is pretty much the same as the rear.

It helps to have friends around to lend a hand with putting things back together.


Or in the case of the steering coupler, pulling them apart!


Of course, it helps to keep a positive attitude and a smile on your face!


Issues encountered were a stripped bolt hole, four rear carriers bolts that had to be cut down and a steering coupler that had to be cut and re-machined.

Results with 1" suspension lift via King Springs and 2" body lift via Ausubaru spacer lift:


Thanks to all who gave their time, support, encouragement, took some of these photos and provided advice along the way. Will keep everyone updated on the next adventure we take with the Superu!

Sun 3rd May 2009, 03:34 PM
Certainly does look better now! What exactly was the issue with the steering coupler? Seems very strange!

Sun 3rd May 2009, 07:17 PM
looking good there mate, how is the ride now with the lift kit in? You mite find it a bit of a harder harder ride now, but to much I hope.


Sun 3rd May 2009, 08:11 PM
wow that looks great there... it'll be a head turner!

Sun 3rd May 2009, 10:59 PM
That is one tough looking Outback, more so now that its got the lift!

Keep up the good work, can't wait to hear what you think of the lift and see the pics of your next outting!



Tue 5th May 2009, 05:43 AM
Certainly does look better now! What exactly was the issue with the steering coupler? Seems very strange!

Steering coupler was too long. Not sure if there was a difference between right hand and left hand drive Outbacks, but there was no way to make it fit without cutting it down and welding it back together. It's good now! ;)