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Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / Re: 2008 SH XS - Which tyres?
« on: March 26, 2018, 02:26:47 PM »
+2 for the G015s. A good compromise for tar/gravel mix

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Introduction / newbie
« on: March 22, 2018, 10:11:05 PM »
Enjoy the trip and have faith in what the car can do. Remember tyre pressure and momentum.

Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / Re: 2007 2,5X Tyres
« on: February 28, 2018, 07:27:45 PM »
+1 for the G015s. Done about 11000km with them including a trip to Moz and Atlantis and performed well

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Videos / Re: Vleesbaai Dunes
« on: February 28, 2018, 07:24:09 PM »
Vleesbaai is a special place! Get any pics? Did you manage up the last long dune to the exit? (Think it

General Chat / Skid plate
« on: February 25, 2018, 08:28:49 PM »
Loopsoosstroop (LSS) here on the forum. Well made and can courier from JHB.
On a side-note: you weren

Trip Planning / Re: Shipwreck trail, early Jan 2018
« on: January 09, 2018, 09:31:17 PM »
Wow. Do share details and pics of the fun!

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Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / Wasted tires
« on: November 07, 2017, 05:47:04 PM »
I'm certainly far from an expert on this, but I believe that the newer Foresters have an open centre diff, so there is a small tolerance for wear between front and back.
I'd still be cautious though having wasted tyres on one end  and new ones other side.

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Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / Yokohama GO15 size and feedback?
« on: August 31, 2017, 07:04:14 AM »
I replaced my G95s (225/60r17) with G015s when I managed to pick up some 16"rims.
Tyres size now is 215/65r16 so overall approx 2% smaller rolling diametre.
Not sure if you may have some rubbing issues at that size at full lock.
I'm happy with the tyres. A little more road noise than the older ones, but definitely manageable and not obtrusive inside.
Car handles a little differently, especially at highway speeds.
Gravel and sand handles sweetly.
More of a fishtail feeling around corners but I think it has to do with the higher sidewalls.

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Garage / Re: FOZXT-zn
« on: August 25, 2017, 08:26:58 PM »
The black grill looks [emoji1305][emoji1305][emoji1305]

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Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / Re: where to get new discs and pads
« on: August 23, 2017, 08:07:18 AM »
I did front disks and pads in May this year. OEM from dealers was around R5700 excl fitting. Powerbrake was a little cheaper if I recall correctly, but Pyro doesn't have experience with them so advised against those.

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Trip Reports / Re: Mozambique July 2017 (Ponta Malongane)
« on: August 04, 2017, 09:38:25 PM »
Those rims in your profile look very familiar [emoji3]

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Trip Reports / Mozambique July 2017 (Ponta Malongane)
« on: August 04, 2017, 09:34:24 PM »
@Piet. The Foz did not even break a sweat. Not once did I get the feeling we'd get stuck. Not even the really thick sand near Ponta du Ouro.
I recon it's best to keep some momentum when you see the sand becoming thick.
My tyre pressure gauge was giving issues. Only when we re inflated at the border that I realized I only dropped to 1,9b.
(The Rav4,ML,x5 brigade were all running very low pressures).

What surprised me more is that the car was a WHOLE lot more comfortable than the Jeep Grand Cherokee that joined us

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Trip Reports / Re: Mozambique July 2017 (Ponta Malongane)
« on: July 28, 2017, 12:46:59 PM »
Yeah it was a great trip.
I'll post some of the sandy driving clips when I've had a chance to edit them.
Overall consumption was around 10,4l/100. Fully packed and two bikes in the back, highway speeds averaged 130kph.
The tank of fuel within Moz was around 13,8l/100
Total km's was 5200km.
540-odd liters used [emoji15]

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Trip Reports / Mozambique July 2017 (Ponta Malongane)
« on: July 27, 2017, 10:45:31 PM »
So earlier this year I had a brain-fart and an idea popped into my head to go on a long roadtrip with the family during the school holidays.
Having been to southern Moz more than 10 years ago and knowing the Foz's love for sand.. the decision was an easy one, but only needing to convince the Mrs.
I chatted with a work mate and after showing him a rough idea of the route he just laughed at me and wished me luck.
Challenge accepted!
With two small kids and a reluctant wife, I knew I needed to plan this properly from the start.
We decided on Ponta Malongane as our destination and checked what options we had for accommodation to complete the trip.
After some Googling and AirBnB'ing our places were sorted and the planning continued.

A rough overview of the route:

I managed to find a set of 16" rims and got some new Geolander G015s fitted and lent a spare rim from another forum member (thanks David!)

Passports [emoji736]
All paperwork [emoji736]

First day was CT to Beaufort West, then onwards to Pretoria to following morning

My well thought out planning landed us in the middle of evening Joburg traffic on a Friday afternoon [emoji35]

A short stay with family in Pretoria, then off to a rustic farm retreat near Lydenburg.

After a few day's chilling, it was time to continue.
From Lydenburg to Pongola and then towards Kosi Bay border post.

As luck would have it, near Piet Retief, equidistant from Nelspruit and Petermaritzburg Subaru dealerships >300km awaythe triple combo engine warning lights came on.
CEL + traction control + cruise control blinking.
Car was still going strong but I had a moment of panic.
The WhatsApp group had some quick answers, and set my mind at ease to continue to our overnight stop 100km away.

A workshop, mainly dealing with Toyotas and tractors, and unfamiliar with "Japanese sports cars" had a guy "Poekie" who scanned the codes and managed to reset:

It confirmed the suspicions from fellow members, the codes were cleared and we continued our trip.

Next day mid morning we arrived at Kosi Bay border post.
Some paperwork checked and passports stamped we entered Moz and took the middle road towards Ponta Malongane.

A few hundred meters past the border post, the sand already became thick.
We deflated tyres a little (turns out I only went down to 1,9b)

We managed to head off course and ended up in Ponta du Ouro. Friendly locals directed us back on course

Ponta Malongane dive camp was only 1km from our place. Either a 10min beach walk or a quick drive to get there. I found as many excuses as possible to use the car to get around on the sand roads.

I suspect we had the only Subaru in southern Moz. The campsite looked like a Toyota dealership

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Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / Re: Dunlop AT3 on my Forester
« on: July 26, 2017, 07:48:37 PM »
Update: So after finding a set of 16" rims I pulled the trigger on a set of Yoko G015s after hearing some good reviews.
So far I'm happy.
Quiet. Good dry grip. Wet grip as expected is less than the G95s. No noticeable change in fuel economy yet. Plus they look pretty rugged.
Will update after my Mozambique trip

Stef...are you back from Moz yet?
We need that trip report, mate...
Indeed I am ....
I'm just getting some of the pics together then I'll bore you with all the details.
In short.... super, amazing, epic.

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