Let me throw this out here real quick:
Considering a trip, perhaps next summer after beefing up/doing lots of maintenance, to the Arctic Circle or perhaps as far North in Alaska as possible.
Car in question is a 2002 WRX with, currently, 106k. Is this insane? Just wanted to bounce it off some likeminded people.
Last edited by 22AudiQ; 07-20-2010 at 10:10 PM.
Do you remeber the TCL thread about the guy that was in the military? He was staioned in FL or something souteast and they transferred him to Alaska? He drove his GC Impreza coupe and documented the whole trip, very cool.
I say make sure all of your manitenance items are taken care of, grab some cds and go for it.
I do remember that thread! This'll be a bit more extreme. Do a quick google search of the Dempster Highway. Goes all the way into Inuvik and well into the Arctic Circle. I have three buddies who are interested in coming (a Ranger and an FJ as possible support vehicles) and we're hoping for next July perhaps. Any earlier or later and you're almost sure to encounter snow, from what I've read.
So far I'm planning for:
New timing belt/water pump (Being done tomorrow)
New struts and strut tower mounts (Sitting in my basement, waiting for $)
New rear wheel bearings (needed badly right now)
New rear rotors and pads (needed due to wheel bearings...)
All new fluids (just before we leave)
Skidplates (Can someone tell me what I need to look for if I'll be doing some major dirt and gravel driving? Have a few options to have them made/bought.)
Gravel catcher in lower bumper opening to prevent radiator punctures (a DIY creation using expanded metal sheets... may post results/process.)
Roof rack for spare tire/gas? (Will this screw up my roof at all? Are these made for 02 WRXs?)
My concern is that the Dempster Highway is known to shred tires, roadside repairs can take "weeks" and gas stations are rare, so I'm trying for every precaution necessary. I've read that this can be done in RV's and someone reported doing this in a CRX, so I suppose it's not TOO extreme. Still, 4000 miles of remote driving will be interesting.
Has anyone done anything close to this or have any advice? Any recommended service for the car/upgrades?
I would definitely do skidplates and the diff guard. I'd also try to protect your head/fog lights as well as doing what you can to protect the radiator and AC condenser.
Given Subaru's notoriously bad paint, I'd also consider getting StonGuard applied all over the front bumper/hood/a-pillars/mirror/leading edge of rear fender as well as installing the rally mud flaps to keep the chips down.
For a trip like that, I'd also think about going to a -1 wheel setup to allow for a 215/60/16 tire--something with more sidewall and perhaps some more reinforcement that is less likely to suffer punctures than a UHP 17" tire.
I've also heard of people damaging rubber brake lines, but having had a braided stainless line fail on me in a panic stop recently I wouldn't go with them.
I'd also bring a couple of OEM air filters as replacements. Cheaper/easier to replace than cleaning/oiling a K&N or similar.
Skidplates are for sure. Thinking I'm going to do the 3/16" plates for ultra protection.
Also, going to probably purchase the mesh foglight covers (the cheapy "JDM" ones from ebay... why not?).
The paint is already a bit rough. I work at a marketing firm that also does production work... and so I have access to lots of vinyl. May do graphics up the side or on the hood for decoration/promotion/protection.
I may be throwing the BBS's on Craigslist to help fund the trip (heck, I'm a poor college student...) and go to my stock 16" wheels. Even considering some 15" Team Dynamics Rally wheels or something smaller for more sidewall (and more ease of replacement if something happens).
Stainless steel lines are already on the car. Will look into it further!
Good thinking on the air filters.
Thanks for the advice. Anyone else? I may turn this into a thread of its own in TCL.
Starting to price some things out for the potential trip.
Does anyone have any advice for obtaining sponsorships? Would like to talk to Rally Armour and some various Subaru brands to see if they'd be interested in putting their name on the car/giving me some free stuff. Might be a good PR stunt. I dunno! Just attempting to stretch a college budget.
sounds like a sweet trip
my three brothers .my dad and I took a trip from oregon to guatemala
we bought an 85 diesel suburban for $600, I did a tune up, put in a stereo, new tires. a roof rack and we took off the transmission wasnt the best but we babied it.
my younger brother and I stayed for six months teaching english and drove the suburban all over guatemala then all the way back with out any problems.
the only things we did were regular maintenance in guatemala, mostly brakes and filter changes.
the biggest problem we had was a stuck thermostat so we took it out. fun trip that ill never forget.
I really wish everyone would update their location in their profile!
Someone buy my car already!!
Always looking for free firewood to feed my hungry wood stove!
Just came out of a B5 Passat wagon w/V6 and 4Motion, now in Leggie GT (LTD) like Beanboy's. (but silver)
Got it to replace the money hungry VW. The only offroading I plan on doing is the unpaved lane and driveway to my house.
I second that about the Aussie rear bumper, as my hitch bottoms out on me more than I care for, and if anyone has seen the Aussie hitch setup, you'll see why.
Hidden Hitch my a55.
Ill probably have more luck posting this in here.
I found a 2007 Outback 2.5i manual w/ 51k on the clock.
I'm going to take a look at it this weekend. Anything I should look for; red flags?
This will be my DD so it will be to be dead-nuts reliable. Input?
Oh - one last thing. What would be a respectable price that you would offer? Dealership is asking $17,981