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Hi everybody

Been lurking the site for a couple of weeks after buying my first Subaru. Just trying to soak up all the info I can before deciding on any mods.
Went with the Touring in the Abyss Blue....Very easy on the eyes, lol.


So far, I had the dealer install the LP Adventure bumper guard and skid plates before I took delivery. They offered to install the 2” lift at the same time but I passed. Wanted to see which setup was better suited for my usage.

Glad I waited (but not really, lol). Now I have to actually decide on which way to go. Haha.

I already preemptively ordered bushings and a mount kit from @traildogck after seeing that I’ll almost definitely need them after either lift setup. (Rather have them on hand, just in case). He was very helpful, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Thank you!

Still looking at the LP 2” lift but also very heavily leaning towards the Eibach lift springs with Primitive subframe spacers. I plan on doing some towing. Not sure how the LP would stack up against the Eibach set up in regards to this. I feel like it would be more solid and less problem (or chance at a problem) down the road. No pun intended.

Then comes the tires and wheels. Trying not to sink all my spare change into the vehicle up front but it appears I’m headed that way. I’m trying to decide between the Toyo Open Country A/T 3 and the Falken Wildpeak A/T. Also, trying to decide if I should stick with the stock size (245/50/R20) or going up to the 255/55/R20 on the stock wheels and buy new ones in the future or get the 245/60/R18 (which keeps the exact specs on the stock wheels but gain an inch of sidewall), or getting the 255/55/R18 which the diameter is 1/2” smaller and gives the illusion of a bigger lift but keeping the relative same tire/wheel size.

I’m planning on moving to NoCo in the next couple of months and would like a set up that I don’t need to worry about once I get there and to be able to use it for towing, camping, trails and to handle the winter weather comfortably. It’s been 20 years since I’ve driven in a CO winter (I remember them to be mild near the cities but a bit more challenging in rural areas (which is where we plan on ending up).

Any guidance or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Really looking forward to seeing what Subaru’s can do!
 

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I see you made it past the sign-up gatekeeper and they let you through the firewall huh?

I was going to tell you email @Robert.Mauro directly and he would help you out. I think lurkers can see signatures, right? Otherwise you wouldn't have found me.

I think you are on the right track with the Privative springs regarding towing. Keep in mind that when empty, the PS will be stiffer. I put Primitive HD springs on Frankie (2006 OBXT) , with Koni adjustable dampers and it took a little to get used And when the car is loaded it rides and handles superbly. I know they are different cars and different products, but spring rates make a big impact. Some would say that impact is NVH.

The choices you made regarding the CKE products are the right choices. The 75a bushings will allow a little more compliance out the sway bar connections and will be more durable long term. I also suggest everyone hold on to their stock rubber as a back up. The 60s (soft) CVT transmission insert will help quell some of the new driveline vibrations that can develop from higher spring rate resonance and modified driveline angles. There is also a new super-soft insert primarily for non-lifted cars.
 

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You are right about the CO winters, Especially NoCo. When the big storms hit, the winds and weather patterns can make things interesting. This is my 1st winter since 2001 (when I moved to the Western Slope) where I am NOT running studded winter tires. My last set lasted 6 years, and living in Denver, I decided to go with just a dedicated winter ice tire.
 

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I see you made it past the sign-up gatekeeper and they let you through the firewall huh?

I was going to tell you email @Robert.Mauro directly and he would help you out. I think lurkers can see signatures, right? Otherwise you wouldn't have found me.

I think you are on the right track with the Privative springs regarding towing. Keep in mind that when empty, the PS will be stiffer. I put Primitive HD springs on Frankie (2006 OBXT) , with Koni adjustable dampers and it took a little to get used And when the car is loaded it rides and handles superbly. I know they are different cars and different products, but spring rates make a big impact. Some would say that impact is NVH.

The choices you made regarding the CKE products are the right choices. The 75a bushings will allow a little more compliance out the sway bar connections and will be more durable long term. I also suggest everyone hold on to their stock rubber as a back up. The 60s (soft) CVT transmission insert will help quell some of the new driveline vibrations that can develop from higher spring rate resonance and modified driveline angles. There is also a new super-soft insert primarily for non-lifted cars.
Yes! I finally stormed the gates!

Yeah, I can see everything fine. It was just after signing up, the anti spam plugins kicked me for whatever reason so I was unable to access anything if logged in. I made a post immediately after reinstatement, just to verify I’m a real person.

I only have 250 miles on the vehicle so far, so I wanted to get everything on now so it could “settle” in sooner rather than after a few thousand miles and not have to readjust to the feel once again after coming from a Suburban to the Ascent. It’s definitely a bit of an adjustment already. Love it so far though. Just miss the cargo capacity (especially for Costco) bit that’s what a roof system is for ;-)

Planned on saving the old rubber, just in case. Probably why i have too much “stuff I may need 10 years from now” in my garage. Lol.

Figured if I had a fresh set of A/T’s on the car, I could make it through the first winter relatively okay and get a winter set for following years. Really looking forward to being back in CO. 20 years has been way too long.
 

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I only have 250 miles on the vehicle so far
Don’t forget to complete your first 1000mi break in period. Upgrades can be exciting and you have a lot more freedom after the break in!
And share some pics so we can see your progress!
 

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Yes, glad I stumbled across a “break in period” thread last week. Definitely being careful this time around. Haven’t been with past vehicles. But age mellows some people out. Lol.
 

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You are right about the CO winters, Especially NoCo. When the big storms hit, the winds and weather patterns can make things interesting. This is my 1st winter since 2001 (when I moved to the Western Slope) where I am NOT running studded winter tires. My last set lasted 6 years, and living in Denver, I decided to go with just a dedicated winter ice tire.
this thursday I remount my winter blizzaks for our colorado winter. second season with them. off winter i use the wildpeaks on my 2019 limited (standard 20").
 

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We review the Approval Queue regularly, and pass through stuck registrations such as yours. Chris and I were busy this weekend and the last couple of days, and xydadx3 is still reading the copious amounts of instructions for the forum... sorry for any delays in busting you past the spam filters.
 

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Hello @krustydude ,

Welcome to the forums and congrats on your first Subaru!

This is a great site to meet other Ascent drivers and learn more about your vehicle.

I noticed you were thinking about Tire and wheel options, we are always here to help if you want to PM us, we also have a Visualizer on our website to help you get an idea of what your options might look like on your Ascent. ( https://www.discounttire.com/wheel-visualizer )

I hope you enjoy your new ascent as well as the forums and stick around.
 

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We review the Approval Queue regularly, and pass through stuck registrations such as yours. Chris and I were busy this weekend and the last couple of days, and xydadx3 is still reading the copious amounts of instructions for the forum... sorry for any delays in busting you past the spam filters.
It was weird. I was active for about 2 hours and composing a post. Went to submit and it had kicked me out. All good now though. Thank you for reaching out.
 

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