Where to Start Modding your Subaru?

When it comes to modifying your Subaru, the question we often hear is, "Where should I start?" or "What are the best mods for this or that?" The answer may seem simple, but it's a crucial step in the process. At Flat 4 Offroad, our philosophy is clear: before diving into modifications, take the time to drive your vehicle in its stock form. Why? Because understanding your vehicle's baseline performance is essential for making purposeful modifications that align with your goals.

Driving your Subaru in its original state allows you to identify areas where improvements are needed and where modifications can make a real difference. It's about experiencing your vehicle's capabilities firsthand and pinpointing what upgrades will enhance your driving experience the most. Too often we find people rushing into modifications without fully understanding their vehicle's capabilities or their own needs.

So, before you embark on the modification journey, hit the road and embark on an adventure. Take note of what works well and what could be improved. By doing so, you'll be better equipped to make informed decisions about which modifications are right for you and your Subaru. After all, the best modifications are the ones that serve a purpose and improve your adventures.

Now, if you're already knee-deep in your adventures and seeking guidance on where to start, look no further. The top three upgrades we consistently recommend are tires, skid plates, and lifts – conveniently available in the Explorer section of our store and what we are going to be talking about today.

When it comes to tires, the options vary depending on your driving conditions. Here in Alberta, many drivers seek tires that perform well on the trails yet hold their own in snowy terrains. Enter P-rated all-terrain tires with the Snowflake rating like the Toyo Open Country ATIII or Falken Wildpeak AT4W – perfect for Subarus, offering exceptional daily driving traits. Unsure about size, well that can be a whole different blog post but don’t fear, we're here to help! Send us a message!

Toyo Open Country AT III on a Subaru Forester in the Snow
Toyo Open Country AT III Playing in the Snow

Next up, skid plates – a great modification to start with for protecting your vehicle from trail hazards and ensuring your fluids stay put. Start with engine skid plates, safeguarding your engine's vital components against the harshest impacts. For the hardcore adventurers, we also recommend additional skid plates, including transmission and rear differential variants. Our recommendation? opt for 1/8th or 3/16th thick aluminum skid plates for optimal protection without the added weight.

LP Aventure Skid Plates getting installed on a Outback Wilderness
This Subaru Outback Wilderness is getting protected with LP Aventure Skid Plates!

Last but not least, – lift kits. With a ton of options available, from suspension lifts like the Ironman 4x4 ATS or Flatout Suspension Coilovers to strut top setups from ADF and LP Aventure, it's easy to find the perfect match for your needs. Looking to retain your ride's current characteristics? Consider the LP Aventure strut top setup we offer. And for those eyeing both lift and enhanced ride quality, B8 Bilstein upgrade struts are a game-changer and a great opportunity to replace those leaky struts.

Bilstein B8 shocks on a Subaru Crosstrek
This Subaru Crosstrek is getting a Bilstein B8 Upgrade!

With an array of options at your fingertips, don't hesitate to reach out. And while you're at it, take advantage of our mobile installation services here in Alberta – because adventure waits for no one!

Now that know what to do, it's time to hit the trails and explore like never before. See you in the next blog post!

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