Sad to report that the Superu has met its untimely demise on a lonely rural road in Texas. Here's the story as I was told by the person who bought her from me months before.
After having the car serviced somewhere between Wisconsin and Texas, on a dark and lonely road, the rear wheel which had not been securely affixed at the last service loosed its grip on the hub and left the heroic Superu to drive and cope with maintaining purchase with the asphalt on only 3 wheels!
Given that she was not designed to handle such challenges like a Robin Reliant or an Elio, she quickly lost the battle and hurtled into a roadside ditch. Fortunately, the driver escaped with only minor injuries but the insurance company later declared the Superu a total loss. 😢
As I have in the past, I will continue to respond to posts and emails from folks with questions about the Superu, it's conception, build and capabilities. As my family grows and new drivers emerge in the family, I am considering a new Superu II project and this will be the place to find updates and info about it.
Thanks to everyone who helped along the way with advice, suggestions, helping hands and company on trail rides and camping trips.
Stay tuned and keep on modding!
13 December 2016
Posted by W Banas at 14:14
23 May 2013
The Superu has moved on to a new home in Wisconsin and is working on field work for a researcher who spends much time in the desert.
Should prove a perfect match! I am happy to continue to assist other subie enthusiasts with questions you may have about the great adventure that was the build and use process of the Superu.
I'll also be providing updates on gear and new adventures so please check back often.
Posted by W Banas at 22:42
24 January 2013
There's nothing like living in a place with more dirt roads than paved to make you appreciate a good set of aftermarket springs. In preparation for installation of the lift kit on the Superu, I installed a set of King Springs that I sourced direct from the manufacturer in Australia. Here's a couple of shots of them.
Posted by W Banas at 14:38
01 November 2012
Over the past few winters I've been quite pleased with the Yokohama Geolandar AT/S all terrains on the Superu. This year, we're kicking it up a notch and shoeing up with a set of General Altimax Arctics.
Update: These tires are on and they are quieter than the Yokohama's they replaced. Grip is good in dry and wet conditions and so far, I am very pleased with them. Will report back soon with snow updates.
January update: SNOW!!! These tires bite into snow remarkably well and have been very good on ice. Lots of grip and strong lateral stability.
Posted by W Banas at 15:37
While most of you are used to reading updates on the Superu's adventures, this fall will mark the start of some new additions to this haven of Subaru excitement.
Kicking off the season is my review of a lightweight yet very warm down sweater by Stoic. If you're anything like me, you just read that line and asked yourself, "what the heck is a down sweater?"
Think of it this way, it's like the down jacket's skinny cousin. The particular down sweater featured in today's review is the Stoic Hadron Down Anorak. Weighing in at just 8 oz but packing 850 fill goose down, this sweater does not disappoint. I've worn it as a secondary layer under an Arc'teryx shell, and as a jacket over a lightweight T and it has been toasty warm and breathable in both instances. No overheating under moderate exertion, nice warmth standing in a cold rain on the soccer field sidelines and supreme packability are the hallmarks of this item.
In summary, this is a very effective piece of apparel for a variety of conditions and I am comfortable recommending it as a versatile addition to your expedition wardrobe.
Posted by W Banas at 15:16
08 September 2012
06 June 2012
For those of you who've followed the Superu over the years, you know pretty much all there is to know about this great little Subie. In the interest of enlightenment for those of you who haven't followed the build, I'll give a brief rundown.
Started out as a base 2005 Subaru Outback wagon. Over several years, many modifications and enhancements were made. Some have remained and some have been removed or changed. What is here today is the current iteration of the Superu.
- 2005 Subaru Outback wagon 2.5l H-4, 4 spd automatic transmission, 170,000 miles
- Power windows, power locks, all the standard airbags, full sized spare on matching wheel.
- Primitive Racing skid plates front and rear
- Safari Snorkel custom fitted by the 4X4 Center - So. Burlington, VT
- King Springs for approx. 1" suspension lift. - direct from Australia
- BYB Lift Kit for approx. 2" body lift. - direct from Queensland, AU
- Nicro Solar Cabin Vent - exhausts hot air when the car is left in the sun.
- Original cloth seats replaced in 2011 with black leather seats from Legacy GT.
- Carpet replaced in 2011 with brand new Subaru black carpet to match seats.
- Oil changed every 5k miles with synthetic.
- Tires rotated every 6k miles.
- SCROLL DOWN on this page for more details and photos!
Posted by W Banas at 16:44
23 February 2012
14 December 2011
After a brief sojourn, the Superu is back in my driveway! It's a long story, but ends well enough as the Subie is now back with me for another fun (hopefully snow filled) winter!
UPDATE: There has been additional interest lately in buying the Superu. Since I have the winter tires on my other vehicle, I may entertain selling before the spring. All inquiries may be sent to my email address in the comments below. Details about the car are all over the blog!
Posted by W Banas at 09:56
09 July 2011
After 4 fun filled years, the Superu is moving on to it's new owner! (Now, it's back. See post above.)
Posted by W Banas at 20:56