Editor’s note: New Jersey isn’t what most people think of when it comes to off-roading, and Bryan Grosinski didn’t buy his Hyper Blue Crosstrek with the intention of taking it off-road. But as it often happens with the Subaru community, in for a penny, in for a pound.
I’ve always liked having a car that stood out just a little from regular, everyday drivers. Pretty much every car I've owned has been modified in one way or another, whether it's "go fast" mods or "go anywhere" mods.
My girlfriend Kelley and I didn't exactly choose the Crosstrek to be an off-road vehicle! We chose it because of its safety, reliability, and style — especially the color! And living in New Jersey, we wanted something with four-wheel drive. After about a year of owning it, we discovered that there was actually a pretty large Subaru off-road community. We became friends with some local Subaru owners and started going to meets and off-road rides.
It’s honestly something I would never have imagined doing with this car, but we love the fact that we are part of a community of other enthusiasts that share the same crazy ideas as us! Some are way more extreme than we'll ever be, but so far, our Crosstrek has:
- Subtle Solutions 1.5 inch lift, front and rear.
- Primitive Racing skid plates for the engine, transmission, and rear differential.
- Method Racing MR502 wheels (15x7) wrapped with BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires (215/75R15). I chose KO2 tires because of its history of being a great quality off-road/on-road tire. This car is a daily driver, so I wanted something that would continue to get decent gas mileage and not be ridiculously loud on the highways. Also, the look of the tire is just nice!
- SSD Performance Subaru Rally Light Bar with a Rough Country 30-inch dual row led light bar.
- We also have a Thule HyperXL cargo box to pack all our gear in for our adventures.
Our favorite off-road journey to date is Shafer Canyon Road in Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah. Moab in general is one of our favorite places to vacation. There are so many hidden gems around New Jersey as well. We try to explore as much as our busy lives let us!
Catch more of this bright blue Crosstrek on Instagram at @pooper_duck. And for the record, there’s nothing special about the name. As Bryan says, “It was just something I said in my sleep. My girlfriend thought was funny and wrote it down. It had nothing to do with the car, but now everyone knows the car as Pooper Duck!”