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Old 09-16-2011, 11:24 AM   #26
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The WRX's affected by the recall are 02-05, 06+ WRX got aluminum control arms
The control arms on my 07 are steel. 06 was the only aluminum year.
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:59 PM   #27
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Oops, I would have thought that Subaru would've kept with the aluminum arms. I stand corrected.

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Old 09-17-2011, 10:09 PM   #28
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Man I wish Subaru had a better rust proofing solution for their steel bits on the underside of the car!

My 05 STi looks pretty darn bad, compared to my 96 Miata. I ended up pulling the sub frame today and wire wheeling all the rust down on it and repainting it, along with the mounts for the control arms which were pretty rusty.

A few years ago, I got under there and sprayed LPS-3 on various rusty bits and that seems to have helped a lot.

Today I wire-wheeled stuff and used chasis saver on it.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:58 PM   #29
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It looks like several of the number ranges in the above recall letters have reversed the "From" and "To" numbers. At first I thought my car was out of range, but that just didn't make sense.

Then I noticed the "To" number was smaller than the "From" number for the 02 Impreza wagon... so I am guessing my car is probably in the recall...
Yeah the way they list the VINs doesn't make sense to me. For example, for 02 wagons it says:

from
JF1GG68582H800021
to
JF1GG29652G837226

JF1 = Made in Japan
GG = Wagon
6th digit = engine type. 6=2.5L (2.5rs), 2 = 2.0T(wrx)
7th digit = model, 8 = rs, 9 = wrx
8th = restraint type, 5 = no side airbag (2.5rs), 6 = side air bags (wrx)
9th = check digit, random
10th = model year
11th = transmission type, H = 4EAT AWD, G = 5MT AWD
12-17th = sequential production number.

So I think "from" and "to" are misleading, since the numbers aren't sequential. I think (not sure) that you can just focus on the last 6 digits. The rest doesn't matter. So if your car is between 800021 and 837226 you are covered.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:45 AM   #30
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So this is only for the impreza and wrx? Doesn't affect the sti?
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Old 09-18-2011, 11:20 AM   #31
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It's interesting that DC and Maryland made the list but not Virginia. I guess we don't get enough snow.

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Old 09-18-2011, 02:13 PM   #32
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So this is only for the impreza and wrx? Doesn't affect the sti?
Correct, the STI has aluminum control arms and as such will not rust (yes, I know aluminum still "corrodes" to a small extent)
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:23 PM   #33
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I'm going to check mine as the VIN is in the range. Even though I'm in Florida, we get plenty of rain down here and the humidity is constant. If they are rusty, I'm going to write to SoA and the NHTSA
Keep us updated.

Don't really understand their logic about only doing the recalls in certain states. If the rust proofing is insufficient, it's insufficient.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:59 PM   #34
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Curious when Subaru will add "Saltland", aka Quebec Canada, to a special recall. We abuse salt ... and my 2003 shows it.
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:30 PM   #35
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My WRX is registered in MD now. I need to take a look under there now.
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:14 AM   #36
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Correct, the STI has aluminum control arms and as such will not rust (yes, I know aluminum still "corrodes" to a small extent)
I don't know if they're on the recall or not, but 2007 STIs have steel control arms, so do 2006-2007 WRX Wagons.

I rustproof mine every fall, so they still look fine. I wish I could get a set of 2006 STI arms out of this though. I'm sure I'm dreaming.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:17 PM   #37
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I don't know if they're on the recall or not, but 2007 STIs have steel control arms, so do 2006-2007 WRX Wagons.

I rustproof mine every fall, so they still look fine. I wish I could get a set of 2006 STI arms out of this though. I'm sure I'm dreaming.
My 2007 STI has aluminum control arms...
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:58 PM   #38
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I wonder if we can sneak in an anti lift kit install if our control arm need to be replaced?
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:15 PM   #39
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I wonder if we can sneak in an anti lift kit install if our control arm need to be replaced?
Speaking of, How will having an ALK installed affect the recall status? Would I need to remove the ALK and then bring it in for service? Also, I assume they would align the car afterwords if replacement was the service path.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:18 PM   #40
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My 2007 STI has aluminum control arms...
Are you the original owner or did you swap them over? I thought they swapped them with steel pieces starting in 07, if they didn't that would be cool.
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Old 09-30-2011, 03:00 PM   #41
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Speaking of, How will having an ALK installed affect the recall status? Would I need to remove the ALK and then bring it in for service? Also, I assume they would align the car afterwords if replacement was the service path.
If the control arm is being replaced and it includes the transverse link on the control arm then the dealership may (and rightly so) charge you to swap your non factory part onto the control arm.
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:05 AM   #42
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Do the steel control arms come with non-removable front-outer bushings?

I wonder if the balljoints are considered removable, with the steel arms, or sold with the arm, by the dealer.
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Old 10-02-2011, 02:05 AM   #43
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Well our 02 wrx wagon stank of gas every winter since we got it and Rustaru
finally did warranty it.
Now the passenger side control arm has rusted through stranding my wife but luckily she was in a parking lot not on the interstate doing 65!
Once again Subaru is doing a recall that does not include us even though as others stated Western N.C eastern T.N get plenty of snow and insane amounts of calcium chloride and salt.
I have loved driving this car but when we replace it I am going to look for another option. There have been way to many problems with this car and these asinine recalls (how the heck to you confine a recall to certain locations? The problem is the car not the geography! Inspect all of them fix those that are rusting away.
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Old 10-03-2011, 12:28 AM   #44
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I don't know if they're on the recall or not, but 2007 STIs have steel control arms, so do 2006-2007 WRX Wagons.

I rustproof mine every fall, so they still look fine. I wish I could get a set of 2006 STI arms out of this though. I'm sure I'm dreaming.
are you saying 2006 wrx sedan has aluminum control arms and 2006 wrx wagon has steel control arms?

Edit: looks like wikipedia confirmed this for me. Well that sucks. what product do you use for rustproofing might i ask?

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Old 10-04-2011, 01:34 PM   #45
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Are you the original owner or did you swap them over? I thought they swapped them with steel pieces starting in 07, if they didn't that would be cool.
I am the original owner and I wouldn't have made my comment if they were not stock. The only mod to my control arms are the whiteline alk I installed. I'm pretty sure that all US STIs have aluminum arms front and rear (the exception being the rear trailing arms).
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:48 PM   #46
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2004 STI had steel control arms I thought; but I've been away from the technical forums for a while now.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:53 PM   #47
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When do the dealers begin accepting appointments to perform said recall?
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:25 AM   #48
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are you saying 2006 wrx sedan has aluminum control arms and 2006 wrx wagon has steel control arms?

Edit: looks like wikipedia confirmed this for me. Well that sucks. what product do you use for rustproofing might i ask?
Yep, the wagon with it's narrower track (no fender flares) has steel arms. I believe they're the same as the OBS. Looks like you got that through Wikipedia already though.

I use Wurth Body Cavity Protection Spray to rustproof the suspension arms and other steel parts. It's hard to find on their website, but you can order it directly from Wurth USA. Just give them a call. I use Boeshield T9 for Aluminum parts.

http://www.wurthusa.com/project/en/t...contact_1.html

http://boeshield.com/

Sorry for the delayed response... On vacation to an internet wasteland (on purpose).
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:41 AM   #49
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Yep, the wagon with it's narrower track (no fender flares) has steel arms. I believe they're the same as the OBS. Looks like you got that through Wikipedia already though.

I use Wurth Body Cavity Protection Spray to rustproof the suspension arms and other steel parts. It's hard to find on their website, but you can order it directly from Wurth USA. Just give them a call. I use Boeshield T9 for Aluminum parts.

http://www.wurthusa.com/project/en/t...contact_1.html

http://boeshield.com/

Sorry for the delayed response... On vacation to an internet wasteland (on purpose).
Np, thank you for the info. What do you typically treat other than the suspension arms?

found a place that sells it online i think: http://www.goodspeedmotoring.com/wur...ion-spray.html
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