Softroading Vehicle Mods

Some softroading excursions may be feasible in a basic two-wheel-drive sedan. That said, if you're making a habit of exploring the unpaved and often unmaintained backroads of our public lands, you're probably going to go farther and experience fewer mishaps in a vehicle which comes stock with increased ground clearance and 4-wheel or all-wheel drive. Here are mod details on an assortment of softroaders for some ideas on ways you can optimize your vehicle for wilderness exploration.

My 2012 Subaru Forester

2012 Subaru Forester 2.5x

LIFT
1" (front) / 1.375" (rear) by Anderson Design & Fabrication

WHEELS
Black Rhino Boxer  15x7  5x100  +15 offset

TIRES
BFGoodrich T/A KO2 215/75R15

LIGHTING
Rally Light Bar by Rally Innovations 
Hella Black Magic lights
Inexpensive no-name LED offroad lights
(which I tinted yellow)


ROOF
Thule Summit roof box
DIY roof rack ( video overview here )
X-Bull traction boards
Fuelpax by Rotopax 3.5 gallon
DIYcamp awning system (see a brief overview about halfway through my Cascade Lakes-to-Waldo Lake Backcountry Route video)

@oregon_crosstrek's 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2018 Subaru Crosstrek

LIFT
1.5" (front) / 1.875" (rear) by Anderson Design & Fabrication

WHEELS
Method Racing 502  15x7 5x100 +15 offset

TIRES
BFGoodrich T/A KO2 235/75R15


FRONT BUMPER
Custom steel bumper with winch mount & recovery points by Hughes Fabrication

UNDERBODY PROTECTION
Skid plate/sump guard by Primitive Racing

LIGHTING
Lightbar by Cali Raised LED

ROOF
Slimline platform rack by Front Runner
Awning by Cascadia Vehicle Tents
Gas pack by Rotopax
Recovery boards by MaxTrax

@silver_rd1's 1998 Honda CR-V RD1

1998 Honda CR-V RD1

LIFT
1" (front) / 1.5" (rear) by Aerogenics

WHEELS
Rota Grid 15x8 +20 offset

TIRES
General Grabber AT2 215/75R15

LIGHTING
Safari Bar by Westin
Lightbar & pods by Nilight
Custom HID retrofit, 55W 5.5k
Custom taillight guards

ROOF
Curt 64" roof basket
Axe & machete by Gerber
Quick Fist mounts