a1gemmel previously posted:
"My first 4x4 was a bone stock '79 Subaru GL I picked up in 2019. I was browsing craigslist for mini trucks and somehow ended up buying that nugget for $1000. I took it out on some trails with a friend with a TJ and was hooked - thus began extensive modifications to fit the smallest all terrains I could find, upping the tire size from 21" to 29"... homemade lift kit, steel bumpers with lights and a winch, body work, swapped the EA71 and 4 speed for an EA81 and 4 speed with low range. It was a lot of fun and I took it on a bunch of smaller trails like Switzerland, Gordon Gulch, 68J, Rollins Pass... but ultimately with a 1.5:1 low range and unchangeable open 3.90 axles it just didn't have the traction or gearing to do anything steep or technical. Not to mention the "big" tires tending to break parts in the steering and suspension frequently. If I had the chance, I'd probably buy it back and build it right with solid axles and a suzuki transfer case."
I am not always a fan of the suby style off roading rigs, but I really like that one. I've always wanted an old AMC eagle AWD, but most have long since returned to earth.