Expedition Portal has started a new project vehicle, a 2003 Subaru Forester 2.5 Automatic. These vehicles have a great reputation for economy and durability, proven suitable for nearly all improved dirt roads and even serious long-distance exploration. It is the split personality family hauler, dog hauler, Costco hauler, Scandinavian Flick performer and dirt road challenger.
Why the Forester?
This vehicle can easily serve daily commuting duties and provide high 20mpg economy while still being able to travel on remote dirt roads and even mild Jeep tracks.
What are the plans?
1. We are currently researching full underbody skid plating and various rally bits to protect the undercarriage.
2. We are also researching a small 1-2" coil spring lift to provide additional ground clearance and load capacity.
3. We are researching suitable tire sizes to provide an additional .5" of clearance while having minimal affect on fuel economy. Taller, but not wider (maybe even narrower than stock). A slightly more aggressive tread pattern and a blocked shoulder.
4. We are also going to work on communications, recovery points and gear, tools and spares, storage and loading/lashing, lighting, etc.
Once its finished, we have a few fun trips planned for it.
Updates and more pictures soon. First I need to tighten the e-brake cable a bit