I'm surprised you've scrolled through this build thread's pages. Personally, I find it a bit tiresome reading my very own vehicle's thread, and I'm the one posting about it.'Have always been a fan of these kinds of threads. It's especially fun scrolling through pages of an XV "living the life". Mine will not likely see as much fun so vicariously it is.
My favorite mods through page 14 are:
Twist-tie flap (Who needs zip-ties?)
Anime stickers (at least 3hp a piece)
AWD tow warning (practicality is a beautiful thing)
Thanks for including personal reviews of your purchases and other advice. I'm sure some of this will come in handy at some point in my XVs life.
By the way... I had my rear "diffuser" wrapped matte black because I've seen a handful of XVs with paint rubbed off and I never understood why a vehicle actually capable of some off roading would have exposed paint along the scrape zone. It's practical and helps finish the look (for me).
Unfortunately, the RallyArmor mudflaps have been, over time, completely ripped off. Off-roading heavily will bring about their inevitable demise from the vehicle. Although they performed admirably, I unfortunately cannot recommend them for those who push their vehicles to their limits off-road. By pushing to their limits, I am not referring to high-speed gravel road use expected in rally racing (which they do fine at), but rather off-roading that involves maxing out the capabilities in terms of approach angle, departure angle, breakover angle, and especially ground clearance.
The anime stickers I slapped on with an understanding that they'd be silly. Considering my modifications are silly as is, it wasn't that hard to really go along with them and add some imaginary HP
From my understanding, there are some people with the preconceived notion that all Japanese unibody vehicles are FWD. The stickers are designed to at least provide some warning to tow truck drivers that the vehicle is, in fact, All-Wheel Drive. Most people who ask about more information about my vehicle in person are completely unaware that the Subaru XV Crosstrek comes standard with AWD. And then they are even more caught off-guard when they find out it is equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission.