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.