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Old 01-18-2004, 01:41 PM   #1
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Default Differential Protector Intall?

Hey guys, I searched for anything on this and didn't get anything, so....

I'll be getting a new Forester XT MT in the next 2 weeks, but all of the ones that are in Virginia don't have the differential protector installed. I don't want to spend $100 on an install I could do myself. (Just another place for the dealer to make some money on me)

The question is, can a not-so-experienced car mechanic install one? I'm very mechanically inclined and love working on mechanical stuff (I've been a bicycle mechanic for 3 years).

I found the guide for the 2003 Forester Diff. Protector (http://www.subaruparts.com/guides/20..._Protector.pdf)
and I've got all the tools (except jack stands which are cheap right?) I looks like I'd be fine, I just have to wait for the weather to cooperate

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 01-18-2004, 03:03 PM   #2
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Assuming it's the same as installing a protector on a WRX (from the instructions it looks like it is) the install is pretty easy if you have the tools to do it - I installed mine without removing the exhaust (which it seems to recommend) - clearance is tight for getting tools in there, which can be frustrating (and I have no clue how they get a torque wrench on those bolts... - I could on the rear two on the back of the differential (the nuts which you loosen and slide the protector under) but that's it.

The most annoying part is getting the side bolts through the spacers which go inside the differential protector... it will be much easier if you have small hands (or I imagine dropping the exhaust helps a bit, too).

You will want to be able to jack the rear of the car up quite a bit, then put it on stands so that you have room to move around under the car.

I'd say go for it!
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Old 01-18-2004, 11:02 PM   #3
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thanks for the info! I didn't see on the manual I listed above anything about dropping the exhaust system, but maybe that would make it easier is what your saying?

Bump for Monday...
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Old 01-19-2004, 07:25 AM   #4
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I didn't see on the manual I listed above anything about dropping the exhaust system
really? - look at the frame on the bottom of the first page which states "Forester and 2002 Impreza Only" (removing the hangers from the rear section of the exhaust) then frame at the bottom of the second page (putting the hangers back on)
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Old 01-19-2004, 08:45 AM   #5
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Assuming it's the same as installing a protector on a WRX (from the instructions it looks like it is) the install is pretty easy if you have the tools to do it - I installed mine without removing the exhaust (which it seems to recommend) - clearance is tight for getting tools in there, which can be frustrating (and I have no clue how they get a torque wrench on those bolts... - I could on the rear two on the back of the differential (the nuts which you loosen and slide the protector under) but that's it.

The most annoying part is getting the side bolts through the spacers which go inside the differential protector... it will be much easier if you have small hands (or I imagine dropping the exhaust helps a bit, too).

You will want to be able to jack the rear of the car up quite a bit, then put it on stands so that you have room to move around under the car.

I'd say go for it!
Exactly my experience with the self-install on our Forester XT. A pretty easy DIY job with a couple of annoying steps.
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Old 01-19-2004, 05:59 PM   #6
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thanks all! I'll keep my $100 and do it myself!
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