I like them.
(As for you mudders out there, you're welcome to have your fun as well.)
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mine is already 8.7" off the ground... dont know if i would want to lift it anymore
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I think it's cool in a unique way but never understood why you wouldn't just buy a truck that's just as capable stock for the same price? Then instead of lifting the car to be as capable as a stock truck you could use that money to make the truck even better. I mean don't get me wrong, it's still cool, but it seems like kind of waste to me. Then again, the more fun things in life aren't done for reasons of practicality.
^ I'd say the Subaru would have a much flatter bottom then a truck, trucks looks like they have a lot of ground clearance, most have way too many hang-up points that limit you from sliding over rocks... you could probably bolt a flat piece of sheet metal to the bottom of a Subaru.
Truck 4WD can be pretty low-tech... some even have open diffs or manual locking. Subaru's have a sophisticated system that can find traction with one wheel. Not as robust, but very capable... I'd say the truck would be better for a seasoned off roader, but to have fun or participate in a rally event I'd take the Subaru system.
There are people who amateur/pro-level rally their cars on this continent... most of the lifted Subaru's are probably rally enthusiasts.
When I had my Audi A4 I really wanted to lift and and put bigger tires on it... the only limiting thing on a car AWD system is the clearance... Obviously there are people who just want to do it for the fun of it. The better question is why not buy a lifted Subaru instead of a truck?