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Old 04-23-2003, 05:14 PM   #1
White95NA8C
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Default hi, newbie, who just have '03 new forester, has some newbie questions!

hi, Just picked up my new '03 Forester XS lastnight, and tons of questions came in my mind lastnight! Here are few stupid questions I want to hear first!

which redline trans oil will I need to replace those "OEM" cheap oil? Since Forester has 2X rear ends (unlike my mx5, which has only one!), will I need 2 diff kind of fluid? gearbox oil?

Stock coolan is green, can I swtich it to red one ('cause I know some Dealer don't like/ or recommend to switch it!)? I'm planning to buy some Redline waterwetter and put it in when I fresh it with new fluid this weekend. Can I?

My forester has 4channel/sensor ABS, can I use steel-brake line instead of stock plastic hole?

any better performance air filter/sparkwires I can buy?

Will some light mod void my extended-warranty from dealer?? If so, which kind of mod is/are safe to modify?

any suggestions would be very appreciated, thanks!

Mark
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Old 04-23-2003, 09:16 PM   #2
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Hi Mark and welcome to the family
I'll try to answer some of your questions
concerning waranty - technically any mod will void warranty of the part you are changing (read: change crank pulley = they take away warranty on engine, change struts - here goes your suspension ) I utrinize
I am lucky to have a "mod-friendly" dealership that closes eyes to my "stock" car
I use NGK iridium plugs, have a CAI and K&N filter...sounds better and in chilly weather pulls better
as for brake lines, I've heard a lot of good things about Goodridge SS lines, however I don't have them due to some reasons
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Old 04-24-2003, 08:06 PM   #3
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Why the big hurry to start blowing money on "improvements"? Do you honestly believe that changing all the fluids, hydraulics, and spark components will net you anything? Why risk your warranty/reliability before you even make the first payment? How much performance can you get from expensive fluids?

Subaru uses decent quality fluids/etc from the factory, so you won't gain much of anything by going through all this effort. You might improve the brake feel a little by going to DOT approved braided steel lines. I have Goodridge lines on my motorcycle. They improved the feel and look great (on a bike you can see them).

I'd save the 'fluids' money for upgrading the suspension (anti-roll bars, adjustable coilovers, etc), if that kind of thing matters to you. I prefer the stock suspension for our potholed midwestern streets.
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Old 04-25-2003, 02:54 AM   #4
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Why the big hurry to start blowing money on "improvements"? Do you honestly believe that changing all the fluids, hydraulics, and spark components will net you anything? Why risk your warranty/reliability before you even make the first payment? How much performance can you get from expensive fluids?.
well, just want to give it a good fluid to protect the new engine, radiator, waterpump and the new trans.... that's all!

So, which fluid goes on the trans, front / rear, and gear box?

Will steelbrakeline void that warrenty? I feel the car is great but just little bit complain about the braking.

And coilover will void the warrenty too?

thanks
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Old 04-25-2003, 02:55 AM   #5
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just as I said
brake lines = no warranty on brakes
coils = no warranty on suspension

but then again, it depends on how bitchy your dealer is
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Old 04-25-2003, 03:12 PM   #6
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I am sure that if you keep the label of your red coolant that says phosphate free and sillicate free, your dealer won't dare say anything. I am going to change my coolant to the red/orange color type too. But only when its time for the first coolant change.

I'd just do my fluid change only when it's scheduled because the factory fluids are all good enough for the majority of the owners.

Make sure that new fluid you put in is compatible though. Read labels and check it up with the manufacturer + user manual or Subaru customer service.

Back in my Miata days, some owners put in a thinner grade MTL and complain that the transmission wears out too soon. They could've just read the manual and use the proper MTL grade instead.
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Old 04-25-2003, 03:46 PM   #7
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Lightbulb IMO

We need to know how you are going to play with this 'Roo.

I take mine on navigational road rallies, with lots of twisties, where "Oppurtunities for spirited driving abound".

Spirited Driving = 100+ mph

I happen to replace almost every fluid with full synthetic materials, and only use Mobil 1 oil, Castrol Synthetic gear oil for the differentials, and the high grade coolant with Water Wetter.

If you are just driving this around town, doing the occasional towing, or something light like that, then stick with the stock fluids.

SS brake lines make sense. Water Wetter makes sense. Mobil 1 or Castrol Syntec motor oil makes sense. I'd leave everything else just as it is until you are p.o.p. (paying out of pocket). Warranties are a wonderful thing to have.

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