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Old 05-03-2002, 03:38 AM   #1
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Default anyone removed the plastic sump guard thingy??

i took the plastic protective cover off so i could change the oil filter
and unless there is a good reason otherwise,i will leave it off may do a custom job.i also discovered a split-in-half CV boot which cant be a good thing(fixed next day)also.....i just took a trip down the coast (about 2000km round trip)and was getting approximately 14km/litre(98octane) this is really good for me,the turbo chews through petrol around the city(approx.8km/litre)i would definately have to put this down to the fact that the cruise control does not have a lead foot hmmmm.........oh yeah,looks like the STI ver.VI 40mm struts, springs, tops(see below) will be installed.same as the P1 setup on scoobymods,but with genuine ver.VI springs(firmer)

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Old 05-03-2002, 01:39 PM   #2
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I've been tempted to cut a hole in the bottom plastic cover to allow easier access to the oil filter. Juice has done it and reports no problems. I wonder why Subaru can't just create a cover with oil filter access like on the Legacys.

Suspension mods -- cool! Keep us updated.

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Old 05-03-2002, 06:09 PM   #3
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I wish Subaru would've put some kind of removeable cover just under the filter. I do a lot of dirt road driving & while it's no real sump guard it does keep the muddy water out of the engine bay. It's really no big deal for me to take that plastic sump gaurd off. Takes about two minutes. One thing that I did to make its removal easier was to take the plastic plug things on each side at the top & pitch em in the trash. I replaced them with
a couple of heavy duty removable zip ties I got at the NAPA store.
If anyone knows of a real sump guard for the Forester please let me know.
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Old 05-03-2002, 10:38 PM   #4
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Cool Oka...

Those P1 struts look like the same thing as the STi Ver.5 struts I mention on my site...

As for the sump guard thing, somebody makes one out of aluminum, a real nice skid plate, in two thicknesses (and two prices depending on your needs) that has holes in it for oil plug and filter access. Here's the info:

FRONT SKIDPLATE
for Subaru

Great for TSD rallies and gravel road travel

This aluminum sport skidplate protects the engine, sump and exhaust headers. Note the added protection as compared to the Subaru original equipment skidplate.
It is simple to bolt on (takes 10 minutes) and a hole makes oil changes easy. Mounting hardware included.

1/8" aluminum
was $199 now $179

3/16" aluminum
was $225 now $220



Just for your info. I don't work there or even know this guy, but it looks good...
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Old 05-04-2002, 01:34 AM   #5
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Default front skidplate

I have one of Paul Ecklunds (Primitive Racing) skid plates on my Forester, and it works great! I've bashed it on rocks numerous times will no ill effects. That plastic "diaper" that Subaru calls a skid plate is about as robust as the plastic "brush guard" option. It won't make your oil/filter changes any easier, and may interfere with a fumoto drain valve (depending on where the valve faces upon tightening). However it only involves the removal of four bolts to drop the plate,(only takes a couple of minutes), and a sabre saw or sawzall will open up the oil pan drain plug access hole to clear the fumoto valve nicely. IMHO well worth the money, and small hassles during oil changes, knowing I won't be smashing my vulnerable oil pan. Get the 3/16" thick plate. It's cheap insurance if your driving your 'rester off road.

Here's Paul's website:

http://www.writerguy.com/primitive/index.htm

Dave

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Old 05-04-2002, 03:26 AM   #6
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ForesterPerformance .....as far as i know the ver.V+ver.VI +P1 struts are essentially the same design(possibly valved diffrently),the difference between the three setups is the spring rates.the ver.VI springs are the firmest,followed by the P1,then the ver.V.
as for the sump guard....i like the primitive one but shipping would be $$$$$



this is the only one i can find in australia

and i dont like it
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Old 05-04-2002, 04:13 AM   #7
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Speaking of suspension, can anyone confirm what is the difference between the old WRX or STi struts and the Forester STB struts off a 1997 model?
I am looking to swap my tired ones but there isn't a lot of info in the UK.
Is the strut travel the same on all these models and all that is different is the spring length and strength, or are there major valving differences?

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Old 05-04-2002, 08:07 AM   #8
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Thanks for the responces. I guess I'll be talking to Primitive racing.
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Old 05-04-2002, 09:47 AM   #9
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That's good to know, Suebee. I may go that route as well. Last time I got under the Forester I saw about a tennis ball-sized hole punched into the plastic skid plate. I don't off-road that much these days but I do rough road a bit, and will do more now that kayaking weather is here.

Are the skid plates the same for Impreza and Forester?

Thanks,
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Old 05-05-2002, 02:01 AM   #10
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Primitive makes their skid plates specifically to fit Foresters, in fact according to Paul, my unit was the second one built by him to fit MY '01-'02.

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Old 05-05-2002, 09:32 AM   #11
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Thanks. If they fit 01-02 then they should also fit 98-00.

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Old 05-05-2002, 04:01 PM   #12
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I ripped that POS off my wife's forester at 3000 miles when it took me 5x's longer to change the oil than it should have.

What a dumb design.
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Old 05-06-2002, 02:12 AM   #13
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okamikatekore, I don't think that skid plate is half bad, I like it. I was looking at that site and I can't believe all the cool stuff they got for our Foresters. I wonder if we get stuff like that over here. I like that table and the bull bars they got. I know that you can get a table here, but it sucks because it ends up taking up space. I like that replacement front bumper cover too. How come all the cool stuff is always overseas. Do the Canadian Foresters have a low range tranny option?
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