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Old 12-07-2011, 02:28 AM   #1
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Default 2009 Subaru Impreza Cabin filter?

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I currently have an Impreza Outback sport 2009 model, and i am wanting to change out my Air filter since it smelled a little weird. Few easy steps, i get to my Cabin filter. Only issue is that i noticed that the Filter is Built into the Cartridge. Where as my Mom's Honda Has the Filter sperate from the Cartridge.

Is there anyway to modify the subaru's cabin filter cartridge in order to support a "3rd party" cabin filter such as a FRAM, instead of buying the Proprietary Filter form subaru?

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Old 12-07-2011, 03:58 AM   #2
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Try this, the 2008 and 2009 are similar enough. In the post are links to other cabin filters.

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...placement.html
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:09 AM   #3
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Ah thanks for the try, but that isn't really it sadly

Tomorrow i will post pics of what i mean. Sorry i cant explain it well since my English isn't that great.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:13 AM   #4
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Pics would help, I'll see if maybe my wife can suggest something - Subaru service advisor. I can't think of a way to modify the housing, best thing is a different cheaper filter.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:17 AM   #5
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Alright, ill try to post pics of the two filters tomorrow afternoon or by the end of the week.

Its not really the "Housing" of the Cabin filter. Its the Cartridge that holds the filter media inplace and which you can slide it into the Cabin filter "Housing". This is probably more confusing so without any more confusion i will post pics.
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Old 12-08-2011, 03:24 AM   #6
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Sorry, didnt have time to get through both the Honda and Subie cabin filters.

But here. If you look at this video and skip to 1:00, you will see that you can pop out the filter media from the tray itself.

As for my subaru outback sport, it needs a filter that has the filter media already built into the tray.
Amazon.com: TYC 800122P Subaru Replacement Cabin Air Filter: AutomotiveAmazon.com: TYC 800122P Subaru Replacement Cabin Air Filter: Automotive

That was what i meant. sorry for the confusion

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Old 12-08-2011, 03:58 AM   #7
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Pictures won't pop up at work. I'll take a look in the morning and see if I can figure something out, my wife would probably know.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:37 AM   #8
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I also need to replace my cabin filter and have the same question.

I was thinking about cutting out the filter from the plastic and sticking a filter in it. Maybe even going to Home Depot and getting a larger AC filter and then custom fitting it. Has anyone done that?

Or I'll just order a new one from Amazon.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:43 AM   #9
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I also need to replace my cabin filter and have the same question.

I was thinking about cutting out the filter from the plastic and sticking a filter in it. Maybe even going to Home Depot and getting a larger AC filter and then custom fitting it. Has anyone done that?

Or I'll just order a new one from Amazon.
This is what I've been thinking too. Also the stock cabin filter IMO isn't that good, you can see right through it :O
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:49 AM   #10
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This is what I've been thinking too. Also the stock cabin filter IMO isn't that good, you can see right through it :O
I think I'll try replacing it with a home AC filter this weekend. If it doesn't work then o well. I agree the stock filter is like 2 dryer sheets.

Does anyone know if there is a reason the stock filters are not thicker? Maybe a thicker filter would reduce air flow??
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:57 AM   #11
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I think I'll try replacing it with a home AC filter this weekend. If it doesn't work then o well. I agree the stock filter is like 2 dryer sheets.

Does anyone know if there is a reason the stock filters are not thicker? Maybe a thicker filter would reduce air flow??
The ac fan isn't that strong compared to 2 of my parents cars, so IMO it may need a filter with good flow or the power to the passengers isn't that superb. However I think you can get a quality filter with a good amount of air flow.
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you should try spraying 'febreze' onto your cabin air filters before you install it. It smells great.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:58 PM   #13
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you should try spraying 'febreze' onto your cabin air filters before you install it. It smells great.
Its not really the smell right now. It's just my Cabin filter is VERY dirty. So I would like to change it out. Also, i just noticed that the filter has a hole in it

But yes, on my new filter, i will spray on some febreeze
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