Editor’s note: Sarah and Aaron Tuttle are what you expect out of a Subaru-loving couple that lives in the Pacific Northwest: they’re active, outdoorsy adventurers. But once they swapped their stock tires for BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2s, they discovered a whole new dimension of the outdoors for exploring.
We currently live in the Eugene/Springfield area of Oregon and own a 2017 Subaru Crosstrek. We previously owned a Scion xB, and although fun, it did not fit our active lifestyle. Aaron and I love being outdoors, with activities ranging from skiing, hiking, camping, downhill mountain biking, trail riding, and enjoying all that our state of Oregon has to offer.
We purchased the Crosstrek to fit our active, outdoor lifestyle, as well as for its high safety ratings and symmetrical AWD system. I never thought we would ever modify it. Once we bought it, it took us everywhere we wanted to go, and then brought us into Oregon Subaru Club, where we have met many Subaru enthusiasts that we have become good friends with.
Slowly, we started modifying the car, and we found ourselves wanting to do more. While the modifications were modest, we wanted them done right:
- An OEM Sport Grill
- Yakima Railbars
- RhinoRack Zenith 14 cu ft Roofbox
- Primitive Racing Triple Armor skid plates
- Anderson Design Fabrication 1” lift
- Rally Armor Mudflaps
- Method MR502 VT-Spec 2 wheels and BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires (215/75R15)
We’ve also made other small modifications that aren’t always visible: a Perrin Stubby antenna, Grimm Speed Hella Horn Bracket with Supertone Hellas, Primitive Racing rear brake line extension brackets, Curt 2” hitch, and all Diode Dynamics LED cabin lights and selective exterior lights.
What we love most about our Crosstrek is the life that has happened since owning it, the feeling of being safe while driving it, and having heads turn at times with people showing interest in it. It has taken us off-road to some stunning and peaceful places and performed amazing along the way.
Previously, we didn’t have the confidence we would have liked while going off-road. That is when we decided to make the change to the KO2s, and they have NOT disappointed! Also, since dropping to a 15-inch wheel from the stock 17-inchers, we can now air down before getting on the trail. One of our favorite areas that we have gone off-roading is up Forest Service Road 370 near Broken Top Mountain, and other areas throughout the Oregon Cascade Mountain Range. Road 370 is pretty technical (large sign stating “road not maintained for passenger vehicles”), but the views astonishing.
We have only had this car since February of 2017, and currently have over 32,000 miles on it, which shows how much we love to drive it. Life happens in a Subaru. Adventures are made. Friendships are formed.
See more of the Tuttles’ adventures on Instagram at @pnw_crosstrek. Photos courtesy of the Tuttles and Caleb Wallace.