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Old 11-25-2017, 08:16 PM   #221
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On Thanksgiving Day in the wonderful USA, I enjoyed a day of mountain pass driving, off-road driving, and some shotgun shooting with my younger brother and his friend.

At first, I ran these Eagle RS-A Plus tires with 34 PSI front, 32 PSI rear.

I actually noticed improved off-road grip with the Goodyear Eagle RS-A Plus tires compared to the old Goodyear Eagle Sport tires. And I got some use out of the Primitive Racing skid plates, as I heard them scrape on some spots.

Before the off-pavement action happened, I took a couple quick pics at one of the refueling stations. This is with the tires "clean".
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Then, I took a handful of pictures while at the Bureau of Land Management area. Off-roading, wilderness and the outdoors to enjoy, plus the freedom to shoot some guns. I wish there were closer Bureau of Land Management areas to the SF Bay Area. Regardless of the distance driven, it's totally worth it.

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Then on Friday night, I went to various SF Bay Area, South Bay touge roads.

I adjusted the tire pressures to 40 PSI front, 37.5 PSI rear to match the factory Subaru tire pressure specification proportions. I know this isn't a direct translation to equal circumference, but for now, it will suffice until I get expert feedback. The handling is more crisp, but ride comfort is slightly reduced and breakaway is more-sudden.

The limiting factor to these tire pressures is that the maximum tire pressure rating is listed as 44 PSI, so I felt that the 40 PSI front and lower pressure rear seemed reasonable.

I love these new Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires. They actually have less dry grip and are more numb to respond, but they are quite predictable and match the car so much better! The previous Goodyear Eagle Sport tires felt too pavement-biased for my uses, and I felt like it was more suitable for a Subaru Impreza than a Subaru XV Crosstrek.

These couple pictures I snapped on the pre-drive inspection, just before hitting up those fun, twisty mountain passes and canyon roads.

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Old 12-05-2017, 05:33 AM   #222
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I finally got around to getting those wheel caps.

I also got myself some made in USA blind spot mirrors, they're also adjustable.

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* MAXI VIEW BLIND SPOT MIRROR - 1 PAIR
* Subaru Forester center cap assembly-steel wheel P/N 28821SA020 - qty 4
* [replace] Subaru rear side marker bulb P/N 784920080 - qty 2

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Ah, they look complete now!
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Since my right rear side marker bulb was out, I replaced both rear side marker bulbs.

Old side marker bulb
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New side marker bulb, Toshiba brand automotive light bulb
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What the taillight assembly looks like when hanging off its resting place
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:05 PM   #223
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Hey, stupid question. (221 pages deter me from doing homework and finding out for myself) Is this the same car you've always had?
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Hey, stupid question. (221 pages deter me from doing homework and finding out for myself) Is this the same car you've always had?
Yes, this is the same exact vehicle I had when this journal was first started.
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Old 12-09-2017, 10:41 PM   #225
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Since I am intending to get the Mann Engineering lift springs installed, I figured I'd add these to the mod list. The XV Hybrid rear sway bar returns to the list after being removed from the list.


* Mann Engineering Stainless Steel Brake Lines for the XV / Crosstrek P/N MESUB-SSBL-GPXV-BLK
* Subaru XV Hybrid/XV Crosstrek Hybrid rear stabilizer bar P/N 20451FG010 (18 mm diameter vs gasoline/petrol model's 16 mm diameter)
- Subaru 18 mm stabilizer bar bushings P/N 20464FG010 (qty 2)
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