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Old 05-05-2012, 07:18 AM   #11701
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Glad to hear you are finally going to get your car! Don't be surprised if it shows up earlier. Mine was due in April 5th and it showed up March 28th.
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:53 AM   #11702
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i don't even have my car yet, but I can't figure out what to do with the stereo. I have never been happy with stock radios, but the one I test drove was okish.

option 1:
forester head unit, already on the way to me, 40.00
buy factory sat tuner, another 350.00
total 400.00 for factory looking sat install

option 2:
Pioneer 2400bt, 280.00
Pioneer XM, 50.00 after rebate (or transfer my current one over)
harnesses, 40-50
SWC adapter, 50.00
total, 430.00, and probably have a better sounding stereo when I'm done

no matter what I am changing the speakers to polk 651's, and most likely adding a basslink
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:40 AM   #11703
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i don't even have my car yet, but I can't figure out what to do with the stereo. I have never been happy with stock radios, but the one I test drove was okish.

option 1:
forester head unit, already on the way to me, 40.00
buy factory sat tuner, another 350.00
total 400.00 for factory looking sat install

option 2:
Pioneer 2400bt, 280.00
Pioneer XM, 50.00 after rebate (or transfer my current one over)
harnesses, 40-50
SWC adapter, 50.00
total, 430.00, and probably have a better sounding stereo when I'm done

no matter what I am changing the speakers to polk 651's, and most likely adding a basslink
I have an inexpensive sat tuner if you want one. PM me.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:03 PM   #11704
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I just finally changed out my tranny fluid. Lots of metal splinters on the magnet. Filled it with Amsoil Severe Gear 75w90. It now has 2800 miles on it. The engine oil was changed at 1100 with Mobil1 0w20. The rear diff, cant remember the exact mileage but around 1500 or so. Filled it with Severe Gear Amsoil also.
I changed my front and rear differential fluids today to Amsoil Severe Gear-- the car has 3200 miles on it.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Some notes:

For the front differential/transmission (this applies to 5 speed manual transmission only)

It was as easy as an oil change.

I did put the car on jackstands to get to the plug but it was not that tight and I removed it easily with a T70 socket.

I lowered the car off the jackstand to drain it. The fluid in the front differential was thin as water, not that impressed, the Amsoil looked thicker.

I recommend you buy a transmission funnel (I found one on Amazon) that has a tube attached, it makes it very easy to refill the transmission. Since it takes 3.5 liters (according to the owners manual) it was easy to measure out the correct amount to fill it with.

For the rear Differential:

I parked with the front of the car on a slight incline, used a jack under the differential to lift the rear a bit (though I could manage to slide under the hatch without jacking it up as there is clearance under my Sport).

The two plugs were super hard to remove. I ended up using a ratchet after I got them going with a breaker bar and a kick. To remove them I used a 1/2" extension, no special socket.

I lowered it to drain, then jacked it up a bit to refill so I could get as much fluid in as possible without it coming out the top refill plug hole.

I used a Prestone fluid transfer hand pump (also off Amazon) -- it worked great except the top didn't mesh with the wider Amsoil bottle. It took almost exactly .8 liter before it started coming out of the top plug.

I put some Anti-Seize compound on the threads before I replaced the rear differential plugs -- I can only imagine if you try to pull them after 100,000 miles and years of corrosion how hard they would be to remove.

The front and rear drain plug magnets both had metal shavings on them -- I cleaned them up good before reinstalling them.

Overall, not a bad job to do at home.

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Old 05-05-2012, 03:18 PM   #11705
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I changed my front and rear differential fluids today to Amsoil Severe Gear-- the car has 3200 miles on it.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Some notes:

For the front differential/transmission (this applies to 5 speed manual transmission only)

It was as easy as an oil change.

I did put the car on jackstands to get to the plug but it was not that tight and I removed it easily with a T70 socket.

I lowered the car off the jackstand to drain it. The fluid in the front differential was thin as water, not that impressed, the Amsoil looked thicker.

I recommend you buy a transmission funnel (I found one on Amazon) that has a tube attached, it makes it very easy to refill the transmission. Since it takes 3.5 liters (according to the owners manual) it was easy to measure out the correct amount to fill it with.

For the rear Differential:

I parked with the front of the car on a slight incline, used a jack under the differential to lift the rear a bit (though I could manage to slide under the hatch without jacking it up as there is clearance under my Sport).

The two plugs were super hard to remove. I ended up using a ratchet after I got them going with a breaker bar and a kick. To remove them I used a 1/2" extension, no special socket.

I lowered it to drain, then jacked it up a bit to refill so I could get as much fluid in as possible without it coming out the top refill plug hole.

I used a Prestone fluid transfer hand pump (also off Amazon) -- it worked great except the top didn't mesh with the wider Amsoil bottle. It took almost exactly .8 liter before it started coming out of the top plug.

I put some Anti-Seize compound on the threads before I replaced the rear differential plugs -- I can only imagine if you try to pull them after 100,000 miles and years of corrosion how hard they would be to remove.

The front and rear drain plug magnets both had metal shavings on them -- I cleaned them up good before reinstalling them.

Overall, not a bad job to do at home.
did you get the fluid the same place you are buying your oil? was it available locally to you? 4.3l, so about 5qts should do it?
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:00 PM   #11706
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did you get the fluid the same place you are buying your oil? was it available locally to you? 4.3l, so about 5qts should do it?
I bought it online from Amsoil.com and had it shipped to me.

When you buy from them you have the opportunity to become a preferred customer for $10.00 for 6 months. That gives you a discount so depending upon what you buy you save the $10 from your discounts.

Since switching my car to Amsoil 0w-20 OEM oil in January (at about 1,000 miles) I also decided to switch my wifes Nissan Rogue (hers uses 5w-30 and does not require synthetic but I went with the signature series which is the best Amsoil extended life oil) and at the time I ordered her oil and filter I also ordered the supergear fluid (5 quarts gives you about 3/4 of a quart extra to use if you need to refill -- but you won't really need it because you should not be losing trans fluid).

I have 6 quarts of amsoil signature series (extended life oil) for my next oil change that I will do this summer, otherwise I won't be buying any more oil until next year when I change the oil in both cars (with Amsoil signature series annual oil changes are fine if you don't drive under severe conditions or more than 25,000 miles a year -- I already did the warranty argument with someone -- change your oil more often if you wish but I am confident I won't have any oil related warranty issues).

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Old 05-05-2012, 04:02 PM   #11707
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5 is plenty.
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Old 05-05-2012, 04:24 PM   #11708
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I changed my front and rear differential fluids today to Amsoil Severe Gear-- the car has 3200 miles on it.
Did the same thing at 3,003 miles; however, have the CVT and let the dealership do the fluid replace. Used the SUBARU oil for the oil change and the AMSOil for the diffs.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:22 PM   #11709
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Just a seat of the pants non-scientific observation:

I think the shifting is noticeably better with Amsoil Supergear in my 5 Speed.

No way to prove it, and I would have wanted it to be better so maybe it is all placebo effect, but it sure as hell seems to shift more smoothly now.
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:14 PM   #11710
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Did my first OC after installation of my Futomo valve...

OMG! 5 minutes! I have the nippled valve, and a hose. Really liking not having to get hot oil all over my hands, the floor, the undertray... No fishing the drain plug out out of the hot oil, either.

Much recommended purchase.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:35 AM   #11711
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It was as easy as an oil change.

I did put the car on jackstands to get to the plug but it was not that tight and I removed it easily with a T70 socket.

I lowered the car off the jackstand to drain it. The fluid in the front differential was thin as water, not that impressed, the Amsoil looked thicker.


Overall, not a bad job to do at home.
So.. How do you position your jack stands with respect to the pinch weld ? Across it? Inboard of it?
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:25 AM   #11712
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So.. How do you position your jack stands with respect to the pinch weld ? Across it? Inboard of it?
I'm no expert and I don't lift the car much (I'm not someone who is going to change out my suspension in my driveway)...

For the front I lifted the car with my old crappy hydraulic jack under the unibody frame (I'm probably going to get the harbor freight model #68050 or 68049 but I am waiting on one of their supercoupons for one of those jacks) and lowered it slowly and gently to the jackstand placed under the pinch welds, then repeated the process on the opposite side.

For the rear I used a jack under the differential, not to lift the car (at most or brought the rear up 1" the tires were still on the ground) because I could get under it, but to lift the differential so when I refilled it I could get more fluid in -- remember, I parked on a slight incline so the rear of the car was downhill (slightly).

My brothers in law have a radiator shop with a hydraulic lift -- but I'm too lazy to drive over there to use it for this kind of thing (though I might do my tire rotations there...)

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Old 05-06-2012, 08:18 AM   #11713
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Just a seat of the pants non-scientific observation:

I think the shifting is noticeably better with Amsoil Supergear in my 5 Speed.

No way to prove it, and I would have wanted it to be better so maybe it is all placebo effect, but it sure as hell seems to shift more smoothly now.
I use the Amsoil Severe Gear in all of our Subarus. It is an instant improvement, slicker shifting, no hard shifts in the cold and picked up a little MPG over the stock fluid.

Plus it's good for 100k, so it gives a little peace of mind. Comes out in the same condition it went in, so I've been sold on that stuff for about 10 years. As soon as we get a 5 MT Subie, it gets the Ams treatment.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:19 AM   #11714
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Did my first OC after installation of my Futomo valve...

OMG! 5 minutes! I have the nippled valve, and a hose. Really liking not having to get hot oil all over my hands, the floor, the undertray... No fishing the drain plug out out of the hot oil, either.

Much recommended purchase.
So what size did you end up using F105 or F108? There have been a lot of discussion on the correct Fumoto valve. Also does it still leave enough clearance?
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:24 AM   #11715
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I use the Amsoil Severe Gear in all of our Subarus. It is an instant improvement, slicker shifting, no hard shifts in the cold and picked up a little MPG over the stock fluid.

Plus it's good for 100k, so it gives a little peace of mind. Comes out in the same condition it went in, so I've been sold on that stuff for about 10 years. As soon as we get a 5 MT Subie, it gets the Ams treatment.
Driving it this morning I still notice it shifts so much better than before -- maybe even more pronounced because it is just under 50 degrees outside, and yesterday afternoon was much warmer.

I think I would have still waited for the 3,000 mile mark before changing it just to make sure most of the intial wear was done before I changed it over.

When I drained the OEM fluid, particulary in the front, it poured out quickly like water. The Amsoil was a lot thicker -- I had to take my time so I didn't overflow the funnel when I was refilling it because it drained down slowly.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:28 AM   #11716
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So what size did you end up using F105 or F108? There have been a lot of discussion on the correct Fumoto valve. Also does it still leave enough clearance?
There isn't really a need for a lot of discussion, there are a few people who don't search asking the same questions over and over and some of the same people disbelieving the answer we give them.

The person you are asking (SubiTwo) is the one who helped me discover that the F108 is the right size.

I had the same doubts because of bad website information. SubiTwo had already installed an F108 so that is what I ordered and installed.

I got it off Ebay, which had the best overall price but does not have the best return policy so I didn't want to get the wrong size either, hence I double checked via PM and SubiTwo was kind enough to reassure me.

The F108N is on both of our cars now (and I am sure there are others who have sinced installed one). That should be proof enough for anyone here.

The F108 is 16mm. The F105 is 20mm.

Unless someone plans to retap their oil pan to make the drain hole 4mm larger the F105 is not going to fit. Wrestlemania said he was going to see if the F105 he had already purchased fit this weekend, soon he may come back to confirm or deny that it worked...Feeling psychic I already have a hunch that it did not work out...

As for clearance, same thing. The extended nipple does not hang any lower than the plastic underbody shield and there is plenty of space to attach a hose. I posted pics of the F108N installed on my car earlier in the thread.

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:29 AM   #11717
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I was going to mention that shifting is smoother, but thought I'd see if anyone else thought so.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:30 AM   #11718
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Hmmmm..... I became a Specialist!? Woooo-hoo!!!!
I wonder how long it was till I noticed.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:45 AM   #11719
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Just got back from Picking up some 17" 2006 Legacy GT rims $250 for the set No tires

I think they will look good on the vehicle

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Old 05-06-2012, 11:45 AM   #11720
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Just got back from Picking up some 17" 2006 Legacy GT rims $250 for the set No tires

I think they will look good on the vehicle
I got a set of ones for a $100 too, and I'm thinking 225/45/17 for the tires. I also kinda want to paint them but not to sure if I should or what color I should do. Either way though there gonna real good Compared to my stock steel ones hahaha
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:18 PM   #11721
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I got a set of ones for a $100 too, and I'm thinking 225/45/17 for the tires. I also kinda want to paint them but not to sure if I should or what color I should do. Either way though there gonna real good Compared to my stock steel ones hahaha
And I thought I got a good price. I actually like the stock color but having
It powder coated dark grey or black would look nice. I'm not putting mine on for a little while unless I get a real good deal on tires
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:25 PM   #11722
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And I thought I got a good price. I actually like the stock color but having
It powder coated dark grey or black would look nice. I'm not putting mine on for a little while unless I get a real good deal on tires
You could use plasti dip then if you don't like it it will peel right off.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:14 PM   #11723
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And I thought I got a good price. I actually like the stock color but having
It powder coated dark grey or black would look nice. I'm not putting mine on for a little while unless I get a real good deal on tires
What color is your car? That'll be the biggest deciding factor IMO.
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:20 PM   #11724
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And I thought I got a good price. I actually like the stock color but having
It powder coated dark grey or black would look nice. I'm not putting mine on for a little while unless I get a real good deal on tires
Well if it makes you feel any better I got mine from family. But yeah I won't be getting tires until work picks up alittle. My car is deep cherry pearl though(like black to redish purple depending on the light) so I can't really think of what will match that. Might just keep them stock and rock some purple lug nuts or something.
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:35 PM   #11725
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My car is deep cherry pearl though(like black to redish purple depending on the light) so I can't really think of what will match that.
From what I've seen, silver and gunmetal both look excellent on that color. My friend has that color in a premium sedan and the silver wheels look great, and a woman down the road has that color Sport premium with the dark wheels and it looks even better IMO.

Really can't lose, unless you do purple lugnuts
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