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Old 04-07-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
kstansburyfarrell
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Default newly bought 04 forester 2.5xt

I have owned an 02 2.5rs Imrpeza for a few years now and have been looking for something with some more cargo space that's still fun to drive. I bought the Impreza it with a NASIOC.com sticker on it (which is still there), that's how I found you guys. The Impreza was pretty tame based on a lot of the vehicles I've owned in the past ('86 5.0, turbo eclipse, prelude...) but it got me around and pretty much turned me into a Subaru convert. I'd never considered a forester until I found out they made the XT. I had to drive about 3 hours to Boston to get it, but I just bought an 04 with only 56k miles. It's in great shape and tons of fun to drive; plus you can move a small piece of furniture in it

I've read some of the old threads about modding, and realizing it's got a different turbo from most other forced induction 2.5's out there, I wanted to try and tap any other 2.5 owners experience on maintenance.

I plan on having some fun with this in the future, but in the mean time I just want to make sure I take good care of it and was wondering if there are any issues I should watch out for and/or anything I can do to prevent any potential problems. I did have to do the head gaskets on my Impreza a couple years ago and I've read keeping the coolant and oil fresh helps keep that issue at bay, but I figured I'd put it out to opinions. Anything you guys can give me would be great. Thanks
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:28 AM   #2
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Hello
I have the same car with 175000 on it. The 04 has a catted uppipe replacing this with a noncat uppipe is good. Pretty much anything impreza sti is a direct bolt on. One of the best upgrades you can do is the sti rear away and mounts. The front swaybar is already sti. A lot of people run the sti cat back exhaust and if you want the vf39 turbo &intercooler upgrade is popular.

Check out the subaruforester.org websit tons of info on there.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:45 AM   #3
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http://www.subaruforester.org/ is your friend, sign up, you wont regret it.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:37 PM   #4
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:25 PM   #5
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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Sounds good. I enjoyed the fact that this model inspired Car and Driver to develop a periodic column titled "demon threads" aimed at every day vehicles that with very little work (under 2k$) can become a lot of fun. That article had mentioned the rear sway bar as well, I'll have to keep that in mind. I also noticed in the STI catalogue that I can get springs that don't really lower the ride hight much but provide a significant increase in stiffness, anyone had any experience with those? I'm not afraid of feeling bumps and potholes if it give me a better connection to the road. I had found the other forum you guys are suggesting and found it a little hard to navigate, I should probably just spend some more time on there and figure it out. I had a couple 5.0 fox body mustangs back in my high school/ college years and your site is very reminiscent of the forum I used to spend way too much time on back then. I also stumbled across scoobymods.com which seems like a decent site.

I walk to work and sadly most of the driving I do is a few miles at a time on the weekends to the grocery store, but this thing is a blast and I've been looking for excuses to get out on the road since I bought it a couple weeks ago. I'm thinking once I sell my old Impreza the first thing I'll do is get the Cobb tuning accessPort. It'd be nice to take the 3k rpm limiter off the turbo!

Thanks for the input, I've taken too many years off driving mediocre vehicles and I'm glad to be back in something fun. Heil to the H-4!
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:10 PM   #7
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Welcome! +1 to subaruforester.org

Go through a few of the member pages in there and you will get lots of ideas of what is possible with your new scooby. Just explore in there a little bit and you will figure out the site quickly.
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:57 PM   #8
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"how to ________ than sti" are in subaruforester.org great place to start to see what is comaptible and in your budget. Good luck and have fun
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