Figured I should set a (relatively) clear goal for my Forester.
I'm not trying to build a rock-crawler, overlanding expedition vehicle, etc. or anything crazy. Subaru says that the design goal for the first-gen forester till now has been to create a car that is capable of driving over any type of road, regardless of condition, no matter how rough, as long as it has any semblance of a road. I want my forester to be able to achieve this goal with confidence, and then do a little extra if need be!
As of writing, I've put my wheels and tires on the car, but there is still a ways to go. I'm in no big rush, this car was plenty fun and capable stock! But here is a general list of things that will help me achieve my goal, ignoring minutia.
At that point, I will be pretty damn content with this build, and while I could continue forward like some have, I would probably look into building a true offroad-specific vehicle as a 2nd vehicle, starting with an xj or old Tacoma or yj or something... but that's a loooong time from now. I'm gonna focus on the present!