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Testing Vehicle Information
1,186 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
The June Outback of the Month contest is live, but with some much needed updates. Please read carefully below, as voting especially, has changed.

  • You no longer vote via LIKES. The last week of each month going forward, a poll will be added to the thread with all the entries and you will have 7 days (or 5, depending on how quick I am to get the poll up and how well the thread is moving) to cast your vote. This is a more traditional way of running things and based on feedback, will be a welcome change.
  • You must own the submitted ride.
  • You can enter 3-5 pics of your ride. I would strongly suggest submitting pics with no people in it (dogs are fine) or at the least, crop them out of it.
  • Feel free to give a little backstory on your ride. Whether that be the modifications it has, how you came to own it, or just a fun story. Don't be afraid to share your ride's story.
  • If you have won in a previous month, you can no longer enter for the rest of the year. However, if you have a second car that meets the above criteria, you can enter that.
The winner at the end of the month will win a free 1 Year Premium Membership for the forum and a custom flair under their username. If the winner is already a premium member, their subscription will be extended an additional year.

Winners will be featured on the sites gallery, found here.

Congrats to our May Outback of the Month winner, @SmokewagonXT!



Testing Vehicle Information
1,186 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Two things.

The poll will go live on the 24th.
This is the final month without a theme. Starting in July, I will be rolling out themes to spice up the contest.


'06 OBW, 2.5i, 4AT, Champagne Gold Opal (hate that colour!)
127 Posts
Given that it's my b-day month and I just finished off with the upgrades, I'll throw my hat into the ring!

2006 OBW, Champagne Gold Opal, 2.5i, 4EAT.

If you wish to read the fleshed-out stories, you can do so in the Gen 3 section, but basically, I got this car in 2018; my parents bought an '01 OBW (blue) in 2004 off lease and when I was fully-licensed in 2012, I took possession of it. The car lasted on many trips, hauling the boat, driving down to Cincinnati (and Buffalo!) for Bengal games, lots of drives with my wife (then G/F) on our Friday date nights and it was the car where I really learned how to drive and where I came into my own; we only scrapped it, due to the fact that the exhaust was modified (without a Catalytic Convertor) and it would've failed the Emissions Test, here in Ontario (it was completely abolished just a month or two later. Go figure), not to mention the HG was leaking for 12 years at that point (but still running strong). This was also in June; on June 1st of 2018, after dreading that we would need to get rid of it, we made one last trip with the boat (Balsam Lake. Caught a nice pike that day and my dad caught 2 very nice Walleye), but on the way, there are a few used car lots and there was my OBW. My dad was all, "see? it looks good! You should take a look at it," but I hated the colour so I was super-dismissive about it. On the way back, we drove past again and my dad said, "here, I'll run over and take a look." He peruses it for a good 5 minutes, then comes back, "the sticker is $3,995.00. That's a good price, but we need to take a look at it, of course. The body is immaculate." I got annoyed with the constant prodding and said fine, you talk to the guy (my dad does all the negotiating in the family; he is beyond-awesome at it).

He calls the number of the lot the next day and the owner informs my dad that he got it at auction and hasn't been able to take a look at it yet, but that his mechanic would the same day. Fast-forward to the next day and he calls my dad back, saying that, "everything looks good, but there appears to be an oil leak somewhere and I know how these things have HG failure. I got it at auction for $1,000.00, so name your price." We offered $1,500.00 (the oil pan was slightly loose and that was the leak!), he took it and into the Mitsubishi Dealership my dad worked at (at the time) it went, for the next month (along with the old blue one, to be parted out on mine {whichever parts were interchangeable} and eventually scrapped). It was brought up to certification and on July 18th (2 years to the date that I proposed to my wife), the car was ready and I picked it up. HATE THE COLOUR. GRRRR.

But! Driving it and sitting in it, super-comfortable and within 2 days, it instantly became my favourite car I've ever driven and it still is, to this day. Have done a few longish trips with it, but we'll be driving to Eastern Canada this summer and that will be around 7,000 km or so, in 16 days (only 3 are really long days; the other 13, we won't be in the car long). To get it up to code for the trip, in the past 4 months, I have done:

  • New Driveshaft
  • New (better quality than last) pads and rotors, plus my calipers were de-seized and restored to how they were before.
  • Air filters both done and beefed-up on quality of both.
  • Cleaned out some of the engine (oil leaking in and around the spark plugs)
  • Falken Wildpeak AT-Trails
  • New roof racks (what brought me to this site)
  • Tinted Windows
  • AVS window shades
  • Front JDM Lights
  • Rear JDM Lights
  • Faux-STI pedal covers (just cheap...ish lookalikes lol), as my feet ALWAYS slipped off the stock pedal covers.

Have also added some stickers, emblem overlays and a few other cosmetic things, here and there.





Upcoming things to do:

  • Gentex Mirror upgrade (all the parts arrived in the past 20 hours, so will do soon!)
  • Seatbelt Tensioner (have the airbag light on constantly)
  • Head Gasket (it's leaking... I'll be doing this next year)
  • Bushings and links for the front and new bolts for the rear (have all the parts {save for the bolts}, will also do this in 2022)
  • Right-front CV axle (has torn, no sounds or vibrations, etc., yet)
  • Strut towers starting to rust a bit. Did undercoat this year, but will monitor how it goes.

That's it! That's my submission :)


The blue guy, in one last pic we got of him:


2021 Outback Limited XT
59 Posts
I was a Subaru Legacy wagon owner back in the early 90's before a long run of Toyota 4Runners & Tundras. On February 1, 2021 I made the switch back to Subaru with a brand new 2021 Limited XT. In just the first 4 months of owning the car, my wife, dog and I have already put 10,000 miles on it. Just in time for the June photo contest we spent the Memorial Day weekend exploring the backroads and canyons of the Steens Mountains and Southeast Oregon. These are a few shots from that trip. Admittedly, the best pictures feature my wife and dog as well, but I'll keep these mostly focused on the car as instructed to do. This trip was particularly notable because my wife told me that we finally got the sleeping arrangements dialed in and she had the best night of sleep in the car yet. And as many of you can probably relate, it's important to get that right!

Method 501 wheels
Yokohama Geolander G015 235/17/65 tires
Rallitek overload springs with 1" lift
front Sport Grille
Thule Vector M cargo box
trailer hitch
black badges

The portrait:

The action shot:

The hero shot:

The camp shot:

2020 OB Limited XT
155 Posts
Hanging out above the Silver Island Loop, looking across Utah in to Nevada. Stock 2020 Outback Limited XT, other than the overlays. My wife was running 100 miles around this entire mountain. She finished in just over 32 hours. We went out in the Subaru to pick her up.


2003 Subaru Outback 2.5
240 Posts
I never actually planned on buying my base 03 Outback. I was just kinda looking on Facebook marketplace on June 8th 2020 I messaged the seller and one thing led to another. No mods per se. I did find the cup holder thing, cargo net, cargo area cover thing, tweeters, net hooks and leather shift knob from a Limited OB.

I've driven it to St George, Utah and drove up Four Peaks. No climbing power but it's still fun.


18 Posts
My 08 outback. I installed a 2" lift kit, struts and shocks. Falken a/t tires. I also Installed ditch lights and KC off-road lights to help light the roads at night. I also Installed an awning on the passenger side and mounted two kayak racks. One for me and one for a friend if I decide to bring with. It's my first Subaru I've ever owned. I wanted something fuel efficient that could go off the beaten path with. And the funny thing is that I got most of my ideas off Pinterest lol. I've owned the car now for 2 years and absolutely love it.

2001 Outback Limited H6 3.0 VDC
68 Posts
Hey all!

Entering my 2000 H6 this month, I hope you guys like it. Here's the story:

TL-DR - Project car/daily. Lots of maintenance to get it running like new as not cared for by previous owner who had it from new. A couple of personal touches along the way. I want to lift it by 2-4 inches and put chunky offroad tyres on it!

So, I bought my OB in November last year (my first car!). I have always loved subies and I always knew I would own one, so when I found this OB for $1000 AUD with no major problems, I knew I had to get it.

She's just ticked over 225,000km, but unfortunately when I got her she had not been looked after too well by the one owner it had had since new. Classic case of just taking it to a mechanic and getiting them to do the bare minimum.

Here's all the maintenance & mods I've done so far:

  1. Out with the old and in with the new! All of my fluids have been flushed and changed; engine oil, coolant (flushed 7 times to get rid of muck), diff fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid.
  2. Every filter has been changed and replaced, like this disgusting cabin filter which had about an inch of dust/bugs/s**t on it.
  3. New tough 4WD brake pads and rotors (and aforementioned fluid).
  4. Laser iridium spark plugs. Hopefully I'll have to change them in 150,000kms. That'll mean she's still running!
  5. Replaced a faulty O2 sensor.
  6. Replaced a failed transmission mount.
  7. Front shock absorbers replaced as they were on their way out.
  8. Removed the rear anti-roll bar for better flex.
  9. Sticky on-road tyres; I'll be getting some knobblies at some point this year, I just don't have the money for it yet.
  10. Front bumper has been chopped to remove the fog lights and allow for a better approach angle. I think it looks better too!
Interior has been fully detailed (it's in an absolute state at the moment because I just went offroad and haven't cleaned it yet!), and the exterior has been clay barred and glass has been polished with an orbital polisher. Paintwork needs work though but it's good enough for the moment. For me, it's more important the internals are looked after until I have the cash to make 'er pretty(er).

Here's what I want to do in the future:

  1. General maintenance. Often overlooked, extremely important. Things like the timing chain, head gasket, and other less common items that need to be done to a car of this age.
  2. This center diff lock mod.
  3. This rear diff locker.
  4. Underbody armour like this skid plate and one for the rear diff. Can't find one right now...
  5. A snorkel or a cold air intake. I'll have to choose between being able to swim or having the sweet noise of a CAI.
  6. I'd like to mount a winch to the front so that I can get out of any sticky situations.
  7. 4 inch lift, and everything that goes along with it. HD suspension, shockies, etc. Might get some spankin' new subaru OE axles and rebuild them at the same time.
  8. Massive offroad tyres. Big as I can go; I'm a guy with an angle grinder and a dream. And not much money. Emphasis on the angle grinder. And lack of money.
  9. Detatchable front and rear anti-roll bars. This is so she's a bit safer on road, and flexy off road.
Long term it would be fun to completely rebuild the engine and put some forged components in there, maybe turbocharge or supercharge it too. That's if she lasts long enough!

Now for the photos! If you skipped to this point, there's a TL-DR up the top.






I hope you guys liked this post. I really love the builds I see on this site and I hope you like mine as well.

Take care of yourselves guys and keep enjoying your OB!


6 Posts
2016 Outback Premium 2.5
Owned by us since April 2021 and we are enjoying the adventures. Only mods have been upgrading the tires to Pirelli Scorpion A/Ts. This was the first test of the tires and it was not a severe test, just some fun on 30 miles of Arizona dirt road. I am still working out details of selecting the right cargo box, awning and hitch setups.
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