Stock Outback at Rausch

2011 Subaru Outback


After some convincing I was finally able to go off roading with my Jeep friends in my Subaru Outback.

Of course I was quite a bit skeptical about going wheeling with my pretty much stock Outback. The only useful modifications I have are full Primitive Racing skid plates so maybe I am crazy for thinking I could handle anything besides a highway. After seeing some evidence of their actual capability by Grant Wilson I figured I might as well give it a go. Overall I would say things were pretty successful, but that is mostly thanks to my friends being great spotters. I felt confident on everything with them directing me. I would say that is the number one thing you need when going out for the first time.

It’s funny seeing the face people make when they see a stock Outback rolling through any sort of off-road terrain. It usually leads to them taking their phones out and snapping a few pictures. No pressure there…

No doubt the biggest drawback to the car is getting over big rocks or deep ruts.  I had to take things extremely slow and really carefully pick my lines. I started to feel bad for my friends after a while just because I had to move along so slowly.

The big thing I took away from this trip is that you don’t have to have the best rig to have fun. Sure a lift would have helped and I do plan on getting tires, but I don’t need them to do a lot of stuff. They will be a help in exploring the things I can’t now and just doing the things are already can in a smoother safer manor.


2 thoughts on “Stock Outback at Rausch”

  1. Did the same thing as you with less than 1000 miles on the clock. Got really lucky and stock tires survived two week-long trips on the unmaintained roads at Big Bend NP. Then I added ADF 2″ lift, WRX wheels (like Grant) and 245/65/17 BFG KO2’s. The problem: I didn’t buy a fifth wheel. Caught a rock on the inside of one of the BFG’s and cut a 3/4″ gash right at the top of the sidewall. Was able to plug it and make it to pavement, but ended up having to go almost 200 miles on that tiny, cheap, temp spare donut. AWD light flashing all the way at 50mph.

    Needless to say I now have a full size, matching spare and likely will add another for extended trips.

    Rock On!

    • Yeah, you gotta have that spare tire! I ripped a hole in a sidewall VT last year and was glad I had it.

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