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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-19-2014, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Anza Borrego Desert

2nd time visiting Anza Borrego.

Pictures are from the second day, Fonts Point - Vista del Malpais - 17 palms - pumpkin patch. took me about 5 hours or so. (the first day we did 'the slot' hiking and camped in Tamarisk grove campground.)
Mostly sandy wash. on my way to vista del malpais(trail called 'short wash'), sand was very deep. I even passed a abandoned stuck mini-van, kept the momentum and outback did just fine.

I planned routes using Google earth, exported as klm files and imported them in GaiaGPS($19.99) app. The app is great, you can pre-load maps and layer google earth routes on the map.

Borrego springs

short wash to Vista del malpais

17 Palms (can you spot the outback?)

Arroyo Salado Trail

Pumpkin Patch

My outback is 2013 3.6R Limited with new Yoko Geolandar ats tires.
also equipped with Yakima loadwarrior(+extension), full size spare tire on top.
after this trip, i'm thinking about getting skid plates. no damages but scraped bottom a few times.

hope you enjoy the pics!
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Awesome pics, awesome terrain - I would love to embark on an adventure like that!
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sweet pics. 1st one belongs in a Subaru catalogue!! I would watermark these if I were you
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Beautiful pics. I spotted the Outback way off in the distance.
What was the temperature?
Is that a fence line at the back of The Pumpkin Patch?
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Hi Blacky,
in the afternoon, it was around 81~85, with a slight breeze, it was very comfortable. this winter is unusually dry and warm i think.

and yes, pumpkin patch is in the middle of Ocotillo wells vehicle recreational park, so it was fenced all around.
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Nice pics! PM me, if you want, if you ever come to AZ with similar plans.

One observation and one question for you:

Skid plates. I got Primitive Triple Armor. Impressions after little use:

-Eats 0.5" of ground clearance not counting the heads of bolts.
-Definitely reduces the stress/increases the pleasure.
-Effect on ground clearance in real life is unclear: on the one hand, there is a bit less to work with from an already low starting point. On the other hand, I find myself more willing to go to the clearance limit now. In any case, I am fairly determined to get some sort of lift to at least return to 8.7 (and increase lowest unprotected point to 9.2).

Spare tire: Did you try fitting the full-size spare in the donut's place? Is there anyway it can fit? Say, if it is deflated+sitting higher thus eliminating the storage space between donut and cargo floor? I figure if it fits I can order one tire shaved to 9/32 and call it a day (assuming I should be fine with up to 3/32 difference between it and the others). Also what wheel are you using for it?

Thanks in advance

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Hello MiddleAgeSubie,
I'm thinking about primitive triple armor as well, I dont think I mind too much about 1/2 inch loss. is it easy to install? did you have to drill any hole to install plates?

when I had a flat tire, I put the flat in the donut well, it kinda fitted in it, slightly raised the trunk panel. even if you deflate tire completely, you have to remove styrofoam storage piece, and end up using trunk space for my recovery gadgets(tow strap, air pump, flat tire fix, etc.) I'd rather remove donut and use the extra space for storage.
plus, it'll take forever to inflate completely deflated tire.

I bought a used legacy aluminum wheel for $150. it's still more expensive than new steel wheel but it's much lighter.
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Thanks, so basically it could work, but would not be very practical as a permanent solution. Wheel: I guess I will go with a steel wheel. Do you rotate all 5?

The Triple Armor is easy to install though I do not do things myself. No drilling required. The dealer agreed to do all three for 100+tax. Of course, they first asked for something like 25. Since I pay with Subaru rewards, it cost me the tax on 100$. I was there watching--seemed really straightforward and fast. The only one that requires you to be careful is the rear differential plate--it is explained in the instructions. The parts fit perfectly, no adjustments have been necessary. I was a bit worried about having a plate under the transmission during 4 months of 100+ temps but the mechanic said not to worry.

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