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Anyone tried taking their AWD Stinger off-road?

sschmuve

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Even Evos and Wrxs with rally roots, aren't designed for it. Wouldn't advise it, unless you are looking for a reason to pay for an alignment.

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Even Evos and Wrxs with rally roots, aren't designed for it. Wouldn't advise it, unless you are looking for a reason to pay for an alignment.

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What? I've taken my 03 WRX on dirt, gravel, snow, mud as often as I can - it's got a LSD in center and rear - it does great. The only thing it can't handle is large holes or boulders, logs where you need large ground clearance

The Stinger is a different animal though - which may be your point. Stinger has less clearance than a WRX, but I'd be OK taking it on loose terrain as long as it isn't too abrasive on the paint, etc. The Stinger's also a heavier beast...800lbs more than my WRX so drifting around corners may be more interesting
 

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What? I've taken my 03 WRX on dirt, gravel, snow, mud as often as I can - it's got a LSD in center and rear - it does great. The only thing it can't handle is large holes or boulders, logs where you need large ground clearance

The Stinger is a different animal though - which may be your point. Stinger has less clearance than a WRX, but I'd be OK taking it on loose terrain as long as it isn't too abrasive on the paint, etc. The Stinger's also a heavier beast...800lbs more than my WRX so drifting around corners may be more interesting
I've taken an Evo X and '15 Wrx on finished and unfinished dirt/gravel roads. Not ideal. Those vehicle suspensions are street tuned (harsh) with limited travel. The intent of those cars are made evident by the low profile tires. Awd isn't the determining factor.

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Welcome to the forums [MENTION=2175]sschmuve[/MENTION], I agree with you, the stinger is not an offroad vehicle. If I had a WRX or a EVO I wouldn't even take those vehicles offroad. That's why they have 4x4 trucks.

For each is there own, people can do what ever they want with their car, I like my car to be spotless inside an out, but that's just me.
 

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I've taken an Evo X and '15 Wrx on finished and unfinished dirt/gravel roads. Not ideal. Those vehicle suspensions are street tuned (harsh) with limited travel. The intent of those cars are made evident by the low profile tires. Awd isn't the determining factor.

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you assume low profile tires; definitely don't try with summer tires if that's not obvious. Rally or any race car has a "harsh" suspension. Yes, road car suspensions have less travel than rally setups, but most folks having fun in these cars aren't doing extreme rallying (jumps, etc.) and don't need crazy suspension. A snow covered road, gravel or plain dirt is perfect for WRX - especially the older ones like mine that have a LSD in the rear (the newer ones don't unless you go for the full STI)...you don't need a truck and trucks wouldn't be as agile/fast.

I hope folks have fun with their mainstream rally cars otherwise you're missing out. I agree with folks, the stinger's not an offroad vehicle, but if I see loose terrain, I wouldn't shy away unless there are dangers such as grounding out or kicking up gravel on the paint.

I forgot to mention, the long wheelbase in the stinger is a negative for rallying (but great for a comfortable ride). Look at rally cars and you'll notice they are all very short wheel based to allow fast rotation around corners
 

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Define "off road".

I wouldn't include a gravel road as "off road". Or a road covered in snow/ice. It's still a graded road with a road surface.

Hm, considering the potholes I've seen in some cities up in the northern midwest, I guess those are more "off road" than some gravel roads I've been on.
 
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Yes, unfortunately, with my loaded GT2. Tried to take a mountain shortcut. Had to drive through ruts and boulderfields ... I have a Rover that I offroad with, so I was able to pick good lines. It eventually turned to slight rock crawling madness (this was listed as a road - stupid gps) and I had no where to turn around. Somehow I worked through and around it, got to a meadow and turned around.

I was seriously stressed and I smashed the shit out of the underneath of the car ... HARD.

No damage to anything external. It performed really well. I don't want to do that again. Rover, yes - Stinger, Hell no.

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