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Old 07-15-2014, 10:07 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, I own a 99 forester that is at about 96xxx miles and it's time for an oil change. I want to do this one myself, but I can only use a K&N oil filter because the headers I'm going to be putting on is going to be touching my oil filter now. So my question is for an automatic forester with 96k on the clock what kind of oil should I use.

I don't go fast in it because, I know my car is slow so no reason to pretend haha. Thanks everyone

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Old 07-15-2014, 10:17 AM   #2
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I'll start the fire. you don't want to put those headers on.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:55 AM   #3
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Yeah if the header fitment is that poor you should just leave them off.

Or alternatively install an oil filter relocation kit.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:55 AM   #4
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I've been very happy with Motul oils, it's all I use for my cars!
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Old 07-15-2014, 01:46 PM   #5
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Ive heard there are some fozzy specific headers, but most NA headers were designed for the RS which did not have an oil cooler. Your forester does, thus fitment issue. Removing the cooler is a common solution.
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:47 PM   #6
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You definitely do not need to use Motul on a 99 n/a Forester. Use what ever oil is on sale that is the proper spec. You'll be fine.

Oh, and get rid of the headers. They are more trouble than they are worth.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:39 PM   #7
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You definitely do not need to use Motul on a 99 n/a Forester. Use what ever oil is on sale that is the proper spec. You'll be fine.

Oh, and get rid of the headers. They are more trouble than they are worth.
+1 on all of this.

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Old 07-15-2014, 06:21 PM   #8
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You definitely do not need to use Motul on a 99 n/a Forester. Use what ever oil is on sale that is the proper spec. You'll be fine.

Oh, and get rid of the headers. They are more trouble than they are worth.
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+1 on all of this.
x2.

and I'll add....OEM filters.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:21 PM   #9
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wait what? I love my Borla headers.....

but still run an OEM filter.

what headers do you have that are causing that much of an issue?

headers should not be in contact with the oil filter (obviously)
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:06 PM   #10
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Well, the last Borla genuine ones that I had (had to sell sadly), were making contact with the oil filter (generic bs one). However, I asked around on facebook and people told me to get the K&N oil filter because it is about 2.5" in diameter instead of the common 3"-3.5" in diameter of all the other ones. (Fram etc.) so that would give me about .5" away from the header.

I have not gotten the headers yet, because of the $$$ flow. However, I dont want to have the headers burn through the filter (like last time) and end up at Jiffy Lube with 1qt of oil left 0.0 luckily no engine damage :monkey:

Also, it seems that I would have to get forester specific ones as stated above, because I don't want that ****ty fitment to screw me again. So thank you everyone for your advice.

As for oils, I just didnt know if the whole "High Mileage" or "Full Synthetic" stuff really made a difference or would make my car last just a little bit longer (although its got a ton of life left).

But again, thank you so much NWIC makes me feel like people actually care to help rather than flame. Much Love!
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:56 PM   #11
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Why do you feel you need to have headers? Especially with "$$$ flow" issue. Not telling how to spend your money but you can save that cash flow, for upcoming big services. Unless all of them have been done already (i.e. head gasket, timing belt, tires etc...)?
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:43 AM   #12
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Well, being in the military I have the necessary money for headers right now, and I am not due for another service until the 105k mark. And by then I will have more money and it also wont be for a long time. I may hit 100k and I mean MAY hit 100k by January next year. So by then I will have the money to do all the preventative maintanence.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:17 PM   #13
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With all that money you're getting from the military, tuck it into a savings account. Keep adding to it. Don't take any money out of that account unless something EXTREMELY drastic happens. Save your money man.
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Old 07-17-2014, 02:08 PM   #14
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If you want to use cheap'ish dino oil that won't sludge up your engine, use Chevron.
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:52 AM   #15
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If you want to use cheap'ish dino oil that won't sludge up your engine, use Chevron.
This. For all my NA Subarus, I use Chevron 10w30 or 10w40. I get it at Costco by the case.

Filter: Go to Baxters and get the Parts Master 67712 oil filter. Or Wix 67712 but its identical (literally made in the same factory, same everything, just different color)

Dealership: get the OEM crush washers. Where else can you find them? They're less than $1 each.

Oil changes cost me about $13 to do myself.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:36 PM   #16
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This. For all my NA Subarus, I use Chevron 10w30 or 10w40. I get it at Costco by the case.

Filter: Go to Baxters and get the Parts Master 67712 oil filter. Or Wix 67712 but its identical (literally made in the same factory, same everything, just different color)

Dealership: get the OEM crush washers. Where else can you find them? They're less than $1 each.

Oil changes cost me about $13 to do myself.
woah thats nice! Considering Jiffy crap charges like 40+ and some change to put in 5 quarts and my wife and I are saving as much as we can in fact. Especially since I am going to be gone till December, but most of the money we would be saving we are getting our debt paid off. This damn car payment needs to go lol
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Old 07-20-2014, 08:49 PM   #17
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You don't go fast, you know your car is slow, why the F would you waste money on headers? You said it yourself... you're trying to save as much money as you can!

If you're not burning any significant amount of oil, just buy whatever quality oil that is on sale. Don't buy headers, save your money, and pay off your car and debts.

Come on man, I expect better rationality from service members.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:03 PM   #18
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Well, its not like I am hurting for money, I am also only 22 and still learning how to ration out my money. I am wanting to modify my car because I am tired of seeing it stock, so whatever I can get my hands on for a reasonable price, I go for it (unless the wife says no).

Before anyone else says it, it's for the plesant sound unto my ears.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:32 PM   #19
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Pleasant sound = axleback. Honestly, pay the car off first. If you have extra $$, save it with the worst in mind.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:41 PM   #20
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If I had taken all the money that I've bought on aftermarket parts and used it to pay the car off, it'd be mine already. I've only had it a year and a half, year and a half to go!
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:12 AM   #21
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This damn car payment needs to go lol
Wait… you're making payments on a 99 fozzy? I bought mine for $3,400, outright. I'm hoping that you paid less for yours.

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Well, its not like I am hurting for money, I am also only 22 and still learning how to ration out my money.
Before anyone else says it, it's for the plesant sound unto my ears.
you can learn from your mistake, or mistake of others. The latter works better. Also, there's one thing sounds better than any aftermarket parts. "My car is paid off!".

just my $.02. gl.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:25 PM   #22
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Wait… you're making payments on a 99 fozzy? I bought mine for $3,400, outright. I'm hoping that you paid less for yours.



you can learn from your mistake, or mistake of others. The latter works better. Also, there's one thing sounds better than any aftermarket parts. "My car is paid off!".

just my $.02. gl.
I am making payments on my forester. For it being everything I wanted, and the markup of the SUBARU badge on the hatch, and the fact that it had 75k miles original and was pure stock all options, yeah I got a load for about 5k. Also, my first line of credit, which after a year of paying off has me at a 700 credit score. So I am happy!

Also, yeah, once this car gets paid off, everything will be smooth sailing, until my wife gets a car -.- damnit
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:09 AM   #23
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$5,000?... Whoa.
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:08 PM   #24
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Also, my first line of credit, which after a year of paying off has me at a 700 credit score.
This, but when the RS finally has my name on the title, I'll have paid a little less than $12,000 to the finance company for it.

I didn't do a whole lot of thinking when I bought my car, just that it was a GC-RS and that's what I wanted. Live and learn!
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