Last post on Feb 04, 2012 at 4:32 PM
You are in the Subaru Forester
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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#1387 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [xwesx]
Dec 24, 2008 (11:45 am)
Yup, it was two yards. They brought in a small front loader and gave me two scoops.
I usually get 3 yards, but that's wood chips or mulch.
This was the first time I hauled pea gravel. It sure was HEAVY. I had to do half wheelbarrow loads to be able to transport it properly.
At least the stuff lasts a lot longer than mulch does. Still looks good 3 years later, all over my back yard landscaping.
#1388 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [xwesx]
Dec 24, 2008 (3:15 pm)
Juice borrowed my 5x8 utility trailer to do that. It weighs just under 700 lb. empty, and is rated for 3000 lb.
#1389 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [rsholland]
Dec 24, 2008 (3:32 pm)
Well, okay then. I stand corrected. Apparently the Forester is good for hauling trailers that are grossly over-weighted, for short distances at least. I bet that trailer weighed close to 5000#, if not more, loaded with two yards of pea gravel!
Then again, I towed a few different vehicles, including a 1985 Chevy conversion van, with my '96 Outback. I bet that van was well over 4000#. I only towed it about 8 miles though, and only up a couple of slight grades. I think the car probably only had around 150,000 miles on it during that haul. And, even at 220,000 miles, it had no transmission problems whatsoever.
I know what you mean, AJ, regarding the weight of the gravel. I had ten yards of gravel delivered to a site once when I did landscaping in Anchorage. For the first day, I shoveled and hauled the rock with a wheelbarrow. After a day and, maybe, three yards moved, I brought my three-wheeler with a trailer. Same amount of shoveling, but no more hauling the wheelbarrow! It sure is a good workout for the forearms, though.
#1390 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [xwesx]
Dec 29, 2008 (11:13 am)
Wow, I had no idea it was that heavy. I think I would have done 2 loads each just one yard if I'd known.
It did feel very heavy, and my Forester was a clutch so I did have to slip the clutch a bit. Still, 5000# would nearly triple the weight that powertrain was dragging. I also felt it in stopping, but fortunately I had no emergency stops to test it.
After that I could barely even tell when I had just mulch or wood chips behind me.
#1391 of 1436 Photo of trailer with 3 yards of wood chips.
Dec 29, 2008 (11:20 am)
For reference...the level of pea gravel was more than half of this amount.
#1392 of 1436 Re: recomendations for extended warranty [ateixeira]
Dec 29, 2008 (1:20 pm)
I had the trailer weighed empty at the county landfill, using their scale. I think they said 675, but I'm not sure how accurate that is. Those wooden sides that I added could be 150 pounds, if not more.
#1393 of 1436 Looking for a stainless steel catback exhaust
Dec 29, 2008 (3:17 pm)
I have a 2006 Forester X that I'd like to put a catback stainless exhaust on. Now that I live in the salt belt, I need something that will last for a while. The OE rear muffler has been painted with 1200 degree stove paint 3 times now but the salt just eats it off. I'd like a new system with a mellow sound, not obnoxious. I'm too old to be running around in a car that sounds like a teenager's.
Any ideas on a source?
#1394 of 1436 Re: Looking for a stainless steel catback exhaust [erikwi]
Jan 09, 2009 (1:10 pm)
The aftermarket caters to the Impreza, and I don't think they're quite the same. It won't be easy to find what you want, especially since the type of people that usually buy aftermarket exhausts want more noise.
#1395 of 1436 Re: Looking for a stainless steel catback exhaust [erikwi]
Jan 10, 2009 (11:56 am)
Non-turbo Subaru models don't have great support when it comes to performance aftermarket exhaust. I have a SS catback and downpipe exhaust for my Forester XT thru www.cobbtuning.com , but I don't think they will have one for a normally aspirated model like yours.
#1396 of 1436 Re: Looking for a stainless steel catback exhaust [ateixeira]
Jan 11, 2009 (11:52 am)
Guess they don't expect nonturbo owners to want to modify their cars. Oh, well, that's life.