Project Boosted Baby Hauler – 2016 Subaru Forester XT

We put together this modification package for our customer with a young baby who was looking to make her new 2016 Subaru Forester XT a little bit more unique and functional.  In order to achieve a total package which met the customer’s goals, we looked at several areas of the factory car which needed to be addressed, including: power, handling, styling/aesthetics, and braking.

Here’s the parts package with the Forester XT before the install.

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For power, we added the tried-and-true Cobb Accessport.  The reflashed ECU allows the turbo 4-cylinder to run more efficiently and generate additional power (~30whp) by increasing boost pressure. This is always one the first modifications we recommend on a turbocharged car, the bang for the buck makes this a great way to wake up the car’s performance at a relatively low cost. A chip with an off-the-shelf map will run around $600 – with a custom tune, add an additional $400.

To lower the ride height and improve handling characteristics, we sourced a set of JDM STi Forester “pink” lowering springs.  These are a JDM OEM part, so we knew fit and finish would be top-notch and that install would be a breeze.  Total drop is about 20mm. With the wheel and tire combination, we’ve achieved a sporty and aggressive look, while retaining excellent drivability. No issues with fender rubbing, potholes, speedbumps, or steep driveways.

In terms of styling, we opted for the JDM STi Forester front and rear lips.  Once again, since these are produced by Subaru in Japan for their high-end sport model Forester – we knew the fit and finish would be excellent. The bonus is that they come pre-painted in factory colors. We also sourced a carbon-fiber front grill from Japanese tuner, Corazon.  Our friends at RavSpec helped us out with a set of Advan RSII wheels in 18×8.5 which we wrapped in a high-performance all-season Kumho Ecsta. We chose a somewhat high (55 series) tread profile to go with the daily driven theme, help fill the wheel wells, and to give the car a meaty, SUV stance. We also addressed interior ergonomics with a smaller diameter leather steering wheel from Japanese tuner K2gear. This piece matches the OEM interior perfectly and retains the integrated steering wheel controls from the original wheel.

The OEM Forester’s braking was bit lackluster, especially now with the added power from the Cobb.  To improve braking on this XT, we sourced a set of 6-pot Endless calipers with slotted rotors originally intended for Subaru WRX application and paired them with Goodridge stainless lines.  Need Powder Coating in NJ expertly refinished the Advan wheels and Endless Calipers to our specs. Andrewtech rebuilt the Endless calipers with fresh seals.

The resulting Forester is one which stands out from the crowd and which overcomes some of the shortcomings inherent in the production model. We’ve considered the entire package in a relatively mild build: interior ergonomics, exterior styling, engine performance, braking performance and suspension.

Thanks to: Andrewtech Automotive for putting it together, Need Powder Coating for the refinishing, Atlantic Motorsports for the Accessport and Tires and Ravspec for the Advan wheels!

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Give us a call at 240-224-7071 or email info@performanceautogallery.com to find out how we can custom-tailor a unique modification package for your car!

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Specs and Modifications:

2016 Forester XT – 2.5L Turbo 4 Cyl

– Cobb Accessport

– Corazon Front Grill (Carbon Fiber)

– JDM STi Front Lip

– JDM STi Rear Splitter

– Endless 6-pot Front Big Brake Kit – 328mm Rotor (Refinished in Candy Blurple)

– Advan RSII Wheels 18×8.5 +45 (Refinished in Metallic Gunmetal)

– Kumho Ecsta PA31 Performance All-Season Tires (245/55/18)

– K2Gear 360 Reiz Black and Perforated Leather Steering Wheel (w custom carbon trim)

– Cusco Radiator Cap

– Beatrush Aluminum Oil Filler Cap

– Britax Infant Seat

And now for the photos!

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4 Replies to “Project Boosted Baby Hauler – 2016 Subaru Forester XT”

  1. Great choice in parts! The Forester XT looks fantastic – functional with more oomph, but without being gaudy. This is a wonderful daily driver for the Mums and Dads.

    But where is the car seat? 😉

    1. Hi James – we are averaging about 21mpg with the Accessport OTS map over about 5000 miles of mixed city/highway use.

      On the highway, we are getting right at 25mpg.

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