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Old 04-09-2004, 09:51 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Forester L.L. Bean

Anyone have one yet? What are the details on the self-leveling suspension? Is it an air-suspension like the older Subaru's had?

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Old 04-09-2004, 09:56 AM   #2
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Is it an air-suspension like the older Subaru's had?

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Lets hope not. You remember how long those lasted...
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Old 04-09-2004, 12:02 PM   #3
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Lets hope not. You remember how long those lasted...
I know, that's why I was interested in what they are using now.
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Old 04-09-2004, 12:37 PM   #4
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All other places already have the self leveling suspension but the US AFAIK (not sure about Canada), I guess they are just starting to put it on here. Here is a description I've seen posted:

“Self Leveling Rear Struts (XS model)
The Forester XS is equipped with self levelling rear suspension which automatically returns the rear suspension to the specified height when the vehicle is loaded with cargo or when towing a trailer. This is achieved by the rear shock absorbers which use the oscillations of the vehicle to pump oil from an external gas/oil chamber to increase the dampers internal pressure and raise the vehicle height. This is achieved on the new Forester in half the time (1 to 2 Km) of the previous Forester.”

I've seen a pic/diagram of the strut itself posted but I can't seem to find it anywhere.

edit, good diagram of the self leveling system in this PDF on page 13:

http://subaru.com.au/downloads/929304.pdf
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Old 04-09-2004, 12:44 PM   #5
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never mind here is a screenshot.

As an aside, a drawback to these type of struts is if you want to lower your forester by adding lowering springs these struts will pump the height back up to where the old springs were. At least that's what a guy in Oz told me when he asked me how to disable the self leveling feature.
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Old 04-09-2004, 11:51 PM   #6
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Wish I would have thought to take a look at that!
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Old 04-10-2004, 12:14 AM   #7
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damn, that diagram reminded me my college

anyway, here are the pictures of Mr. Bean :-) :
http://www.autoshowny.com/cgi_images...s/large/48.jpg
http://www.autoshowny.com/cgi_images...s/large/49.jpg
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Old 04-10-2004, 12:20 AM   #8
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Peaty,

Deleted those pics I sent you, if you want to add them to the pile go for it.
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Old 04-10-2004, 01:57 AM   #9
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Rats, I never downloaded them just kept the links which don't work now

I'll say that looks familiar though

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Old 04-10-2004, 12:20 PM   #10
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I'll have to check and see if they might still be on the drive somewhere.....
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Old 04-10-2004, 12:22 PM   #11
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Found one!

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Old 04-10-2004, 12:34 PM   #12
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Wee they went back to the MAF, and it's not molded into the airbox Looks like they had to move the DRL resistor too...

Quick find the others
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Old 04-10-2004, 01:00 PM   #13
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Two mo!

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Old 04-11-2004, 02:32 AM   #14
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ooh the new intake manifold... Cant wait to see one up close.

Look at the 3" piping going into the torque box!
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