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Had a tiny bit of fun on Thursday the 5th of this month in the mud. 8.7 inches of ground clearance quickly becomes nothing in soft stuff like mud!

I almost got stuck, as I was able to hear my skidplates scraping against some rocks and mud when I got the Crosstrek all dirty.


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The bed-in process was surprisingly tedious, most especially the need to get up to 85 MPH quickly, which we all know is a bit of a challenge for the Crosstrek.

http://www.endlessdata.info/Endless brake pad manual.pdf

After performing that, I cooled off the brakes to ambient temperature (low 50's Fahrenheit) by driving approximately 15 freeway miles without touching the service brakes right after getting them hot.

The pads feel "stiffer" than anything I've tried so far.


It's too early to call a verdict, but I'm very hopeful these Endless MXRS brake pads live up to the hype the track day enthusiasts say it is.
 

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This is my front brake rotor temperature just as it stopped glowing brightly, too hot for the temperature gun to read. That means the brake rotors were at a temperature in excess of 935 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Endless MXRS brake pad compound did NOT overheat despite reaching what I believe to be quadruple digit temperatures.

These Endless brake pads are the real deal... It can handle 1000+ degress Fahrenheit temperatures and still do just fine in city driving, they are most definitely my absolute most favorite brake pads thus far.

The only thing holding back people from Endless pads are the price. At about $600 (that's USD) for a full set (front and rear combined), I would imagine most would not be willing to put down that money just for a set of brake pads. However, I'm sure glad I did!



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For those actually wondering about the clutch issue, it was determined by my local Subaru mechanic to be a benign sound as it has not reoccured in a while.


After a bit of window-shopping on JapanParts.com, I found yet another temptation...

Unlike the STI exhaust, the SYMS exhaust does NOT sacrifice departure angle. However, it seems to be possibly incompatible with hitch receivers.

The SYMS exhaust is a dual-outlet muffler which also requires cutting of the bumper and ideally would be best finished with the SYMS exhaust rear garnish to retain a good appearance.

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About a week and a half ago, I went to Arizona to have a glance of what's out there, as I have intentions of moving there.

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Jerome was quite an interesting little town...
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And I explored some trails near Queen Valley. I intended to take my XV Crosstrek through Montana Mountain trail but ditched it a 1/4 of the way through because of fear of wearing out my clutch and the annoying noise from the clutch/transmission made a return :(

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My friend's Subaru Outback was surprisingly capable. X-MODE is a godsend!
Yes, the Subaru Outback made it through this.
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Aftermath of off-roading

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My rock slider is still bent... still haven't bothered to straighten it.
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The clutch has been fixed weeks ago, but this is what was found of my clutch on my Subaru XV early January.

Single-range manual transmission is ill-suited to off-roading. For those thinking about getting a Subaru XV Crosstrek, if you plan on doing a reasonable amount of off-roading, get the Lineartronic CVT or if your region offers it, get the dual-range 5-speed manual.

0-60 clutch drops didn't help things either.

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Oh, and the Endless MXRS brake pads are still holding up to be the best brake pads I've ever used!
 

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I've decided to replace my booster cables and first aid kit with downsized and lighter ones from the same respective manufacturers.

As much as I like to be 100% ready, I don't think my XV Crosstrek should be sporting the kind of booster cables suitable for huge semi trucks nor the first-aid kit that would not look out-of-place in an EMS ambulance. I'll save the bulkier, heavier first aid kit and booster cables for my future Subaru Forester 2.0 XT.


Not that these planned replacements are worse, but more suitable for the task at hand, readiness for a daily driver while still being somewhat useable for emergency use but lighter and less bulky than the ones I've been carrying.


Deka Copper Clad Aluminum Booster Cables
http://www.dekabatteries.com/assets/base/BOOSTER_CABLES_CLAMPS_pages_1-7.pdf
Description: Tough PVC insulation, color-coded tangle-free dual cable construction.

P/N 04371
AWG: 6
Length: 16' (sixteen feet)
Clamp P/N: 500G
Color: Orange/Black
Packaging: Retail Box
Made in U.S.A.




Chinook Medical Gear Home and Vehicle Kit
Home & Vehicle Kit | www.chinookmed.com

Description:
The Home & Vehicle supplies are comprehensive far beyond a typical first aid kits, ranging from medications to EMT shears, tourniquet to thermometer, and QuikClot to Band Aids, the Home & Vehicle Kit is designed to prepare you and those around you for the optimum outcome in the event of a medical emergency, natural disaster, or any situation life throws at you. When preparedness matters, the EPMK-Home & Vehicle has your medical concerns covered.

Product No. #01374 [two variants: Home & Vehicle, Hard Case (01374HC); Home & Vehicle, Nylon Bag (01374RD)]
 

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I found yet another thing while windowshopping...

launsport URETHANE RUBBER LIP SPOILER
https://www.japanparts.com/parts/detail/39185
Launsport [LIP10] ウレタンラバ-リップ(汎用)
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https://www.japanparts.com/images/image_from_db.php?no=39936


This seems more sensible than getting an XV Hybrid front bumper just to get the XV Hybrid front underspoiler. And unlike the underspoiler on the XV Hybrid, this one was clearly designed to flex, meaning it will not significantly impact approach angle.
 

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So, I bought an additional set of Made in USA booster cables by Deka.

The 2 AWG booster cables I got were actually heavier than the 4 AWG booster cables I already have in the plastic case... so the 4 AWG booster cables to the left in the plastic case will remain in the Subaru XV Crosstrek, while the heavier 2 AWG booster cables on the right will be put in my secondary vehicle (currently the 2000 Subaru Outback).

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And I got the downsized Chinook Medical Gear first aid kit for the Crosstrek. Lighter, smaller, but still enough to support survival with CPR and severe bleeding equipment.

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I got my smaller medical kit for more-immediate response time for severe bleeding stowed at the front passenger door pocket. I'll eventually velcro it next to the shifter on the carpeting just in front of the driver's seat.

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My made in USA Craftsman Industrial tool set came in much earlier than I anticipated.

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Here's the temperature range graph of my Endless MXRS compound. These Endless brake pads are still doing excellent, even in wet and muddy conditions I've subjected it to, as well as the severe downhill braking on some mountain passes :D

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50 - 700 degrees Celsius (122 - 1292 degrees Fahrenheit)
Coefficient of friction between 0.38 ~ 0.47

The MXRS brake compound would most likely have a friction edge code (AKA FMSI friciton or DOT friction) rating of FG or FF if it were actually tested. I'd expect the MX-72 brake compound to be around that same rating if it were to be done.
 

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* Subimods Fire Extinguisher Bracket 2015-2016 WRX / STI SKU: SM-EXT-BRK/VA
with H3R Performance - MX250 Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher - Red (Model MX250R)


This should be even more proof that VA chassis WRX and WRX STI interior bits are almost completely compatible and interchangeable with the GJ/GP chassis Impreza/XV Crosstrek and SJ chassis Forester.


Now I have a new problem now that I've fixed the problem of having a loose fire extinguisher under my passenger seat...

My WeatherTech Floorliner on my passenger side front seat is not compatible with the fire extinguisher mounted, so the Subaru all weather floor mats are more suitable for this bracket.


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I attempted an oil change tonight only to find out the oil drain plug is severely over-tightened to the point where I could see the engine as an assembly flex on the engine mounts as I attempted to loosen the drain plug.

I'm done with over-tightened drain plugs.


Fumoto oil drain valve, here we go...
F-108: FUMOTO ENGINE OIL DRAIN VALVE FOR DRAIN PLUG SIZE 16MM-1.5
 

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