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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    Several people suggested simplifying the shirt design so here's another idea: Would get higher quality logos if we go this route assuming BITD is cool with us using them. Also still trying to find out what other cars have finished.
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    We talked to them at staging for quite a while, really cool what they're doing. Definitely a challenge to finish in a Beetle, too bad they didn't this year.
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    Yeah I don't consider it a rally just quoting the title of the article. That's why I'm asking, trying not to overstate it. I guess I don't consider Cherokees to be cars. Assuming Beetles have too and some American rear wheel drives but I'd like to know. Figure we're at least the only Japanese...
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    first idea on shirt design: very open to suggestion
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    Our car sits about 2" higher than stock and is about 1" wider per side in front. Yes, stock the CV axles are usually level in the rear and only about 5 degrees in the front so they last forever as long as you don't rip a boot, especially if your tires don't leave the ground often and you don't...
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    Since we raced in sportsman there are basically no rules. Originally built for 7100/7200 in which we could certainly run bigger tires. Larger tires would probably only be practical with less wheel travel. In general you'd want lower gearing too although we do have a low range in this car that...
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    To put a rough number on it I think you'd spend at least $20k to build the car. At a minimum: Long travel/heavy duty suspension Off road tires Heavy duty skidplates Thick core radiator Tablet for GPS Safety - cage, fuel cell, rollover valve, seats, harnesses, window nets, rear lights...
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    Hahahhaah. I would like to know if we're the first/only Subaru/station wagon/car/etc to finish the Vegas to Reno to brag that up on the shirts. I assume a Beetle has done it in the past although I would have been impressed if they'd done it on this year's course. Also if anyone knows a program...
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    The trans is modified but a stock STI trans would have done the job. We have broken a gear in the five speed in a past desert race but the STI 6MT would probably last many years of desert racing without touching it.
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    We've never been to baja but we've never been close to getting stuck in the silt beds in Nevada. One of the few things the car does well I guess.
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    215/75/15 so about 28" diameter. Try to straddle the ruts when we can but in the narrow washes we usually wind up driving in them. The skidplate plows gravel and rocks for miles. Also since our car is 2' narrower than the trucks and buggies making the ruts it's often hunting side to side.
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    I could certainly supply some pix and info if you can put me in touch with someone who posts those. 295k miles now that we're home, about 293 while we were doing the race. Odometer wasn't working for a while and reads low so it's almost certainly over 300k actual miles.
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    Suspension is all custom fabbed 4130 plate front control arms, tubular rear links. Inverted struts front and rear using a lot of Fox components but also a lot of custom machined/fabbed parts. 10" travel front, 12" travel rear. Drivetrain is a stock 2002 EZ30D six cylinder, STI...
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    Thanks again to everyone at BITD who helps make the Vegas to Reno happen, I know it's a huge amount of work. Truly an adventure and an epic challenge. My long time off road racing partner in crime and I drove my 99 Subaru Outback to Vegas last week. We entered and completed the Vegas to Reno...
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    Thoughts on and questions about V2R from the Subaru guy

    Yes, we noticed that portions of the course we'd raced on were much smoother when just trail riding a few years later. Almost unrecognizable. Does anyone know what video or photo services are covering this year's race?
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