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Old 05-18-2019, 11:43 AM   #426
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Ah yes I remember that! Well I finally got it completed this weekend with a few issues along the way but it is done.

The reason for the repair.. Well at least in my mind. This last banjo bolt filter that I was sure was removed. I think even with my very clean oil and low miles it caused the Vf48 to leak a bit more oil than I prefer. Looking to tune the car soon and want everything in tip top shape.

https://i.imgur.com/BhdjQeYh.jpg

A few photos

https://imgur.com/g58QxXc

[img]https://i.imgur.com/8mDjrN6h.jpg

https://imgur.com/RvGC15S

https://imgur.com/rITlB1N


Here is the rebuild link and diy! Tried to take as many photos as I could while getting it done in a decent amount of time. https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...the-technology

[img]https://i.imgur.com/nwTloJHh.png

Links to parts used on the website and many photos.
always great content. Forgive the newbness, but is removing the filter recommended? I'm sure I'll hunt for more info. but asking since I stopped by.
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:28 PM   #427
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always great content. Forgive the newbness, but is removing the filter recommended? I'm sure I'll hunt for more info. but asking since I stopped by.
Thanks man! There was a Subaru TSB awhile that found even clean filters caused oiling issues to the turbo. In a few cars the filters came apart causing engine damage, so they stopped putting them in cars.

Most info states after 2006 they stopped installing them in cars but my new to me used 07 Forester XT engine had a couple filters in it.

Here is one I found in the banjo bolt behind the timing cover. Which you need to remove the timing belt and cam gears to get to.. So I would assume this one is often left.

https://i.imgur.com/6XpHivUh.jpg

I know there are more than a few cases of owners finding the broken filters somewhere else in the engine. Which if it gets caught in the wrong spot can cause catastrophic engine failure.
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:06 AM   #428
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well i'll be..... glad I like to read posts, because this is news to me. I'll definitely be removing mine.
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Old 05-25-2019, 11:06 PM   #429
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Happy long weekend! This has been requested many times and I finally had time to put a guide together with many photos to help you along the way.

From replacing your turbo inlet, repairing your fuel lines and deleting your Tgvs or replacing them, there are many items under/attached to the manifold. Enjoy!

https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...r-the-manifold


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Old 05-26-2019, 07:41 PM   #430
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Thank you and bless you sir, I was actually going to ask you if you have a writeup for removing the intake manifold haha.
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Old 05-27-2019, 11:05 AM   #431
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Thank you and bless you sir, I was actually going to ask you if you have a writeup for removing the intake manifold haha.
You are very welcome. I have had many requests for it and I just needed to sort out a few of the photos. I often forget to take photos when in the midst of a part replacement.

This project is quite a bit more involved than the rest but if you break it down into steps it becomes easy. And double check your connections before ripping any out! That is no fun for anyone... don't ask me how I know that.
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Old 05-29-2019, 10:51 PM   #432
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Back to more Forester mods!

After roughing up the transmission when installing the new motor I noticed how much play was in the factory trans mount. After 214k miles it is probably time to replace this thing.

Decided that the Group N on the STi was a great upgrade why not try it out on the Forester. Definitely a lot more meat to the Group N mount vs the stock unit. '

A few fun shots from the install. I found out with the right bolts and nuts removed you only need to remove 4 nuts and 6 bolts. Making this a pretty easy job to get done within 30-45 mins.

Here a few photos from the install.

Holding up the trans.

https://i.imgur.com/noBelVgh.jpg

Very few tools necessary. Any 14mm, an extension or two, and your favorite ratchet/electric ratchet.

https://i.imgur.com/GD7ybOBh.jpg

Old mount.

https://i.imgur.com/ChgEYEmh.jpg

No mount!

https://i.imgur.com/uIMAHwwh.jpg

Factory vs Group N. Big difference!

https://i.imgur.com/hkJtFTFh.jpg

Over an inch of deflection with just my thumb pushing on it.

https://i.imgur.com/4sG1vChh.jpg

New mount!

https://i.imgur.com/WeYlE76h.jpg

Putting everything back together!

https://i.imgur.com/HHpa4Vvh.jpg

So far enjoying the new mount. A little noise in the lower rpm range but it is a low roar and isn't too loud.

For a further detailed install and more photos with links to tools used and products! Join me over on my website.

https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...5-09-legacy-gt

https://i.imgur.com/LMna1w9h.png
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:08 PM   #433
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Another busy weekend of fun things and fixing little things on my Subarus. This week I decided to disable the hill assist on my Forester after having extreme issues with the hill assist after installing my new Exedy clutch I decided enough is enough. I had three time in one trip where the hill assist locked up the brakes to the point I needed to "launch" to get the car to move.

Being my daily driver and family mobile this was unacceptable. I did enjoy the hill assist when it worked but during my ownership of the Forester I have had more hill assist failures than victories. With that... here we go on disabling it!

My Forester has this air conveniently located in my way. Removing it takes 3 10 mm bolts, disconnecting the air hose and the electrical connection.

https://i.imgur.com/H43Jwpph.jpg

There it is. Hiding from the world and trying to go on unnoticed.

https://imgur.com/OcLW19r

Taking a 14mm open end wrench you can hold one of the nuts that allow you to adjust the cable. Using an 8mm wrench or socket you can now break the front nut free. This will allow you to spin both of them off by hand.

https://i.imgur.com/QUQSdmnh.jpg

Above shot of them broken loose.

https://i.imgur.com/olJZud8h.jpg

Here they are.

https://i.imgur.com/RskPaIMh.jpg

Now I placed them back on with enough slack on the cable that it cannot engage anymore. But if I want to go back and adjust and utilize the hill holder they are right where I left them and ready.

You can visually see the looseness on the cable. No tension here!
https://imgur.com/OxAC14p

Link to my website where there are more photos, tools used during this project and links to these tools.
https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...-the-last-time

https://imgur.com/iLHDMD5

So far the clutch seems much easier to use. I haven't experienced any of the issues I had for the couple of weeks before this modification. And given that my STi doesn't have it, I am pretty used to driving around without it.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:54 PM   #434
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Been a busy month for life but I still work hard to find time for my cars. This week I put together a quick DIY on wrapping the C-pillar on your 03-08 Forester. I like that Subaru made them color matched for 06-08 but the sun had taken a toll on the clear coat so I wanted to see how it look in gloss black.

I like to start by removing the lower corner near the door. It is quite easy to get a trim tool or your hand underneath to pop it up, allowing you to remove it.

https://i.imgur.com/l3lF7gEh.jpg

A few photos of it removed and what the underneath looks like.

https://i.imgur.com/DO5nsA3h.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/MAdew7Ih.jpg

Take it to your work table and begin to clean/prep the surface.

https://i.imgur.com/ZIPAtFEh.jpg

Now you will trace, adhere and trim.

https://i.imgur.com/IgwsmY9h.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Cfd2ksnh.jpg

Smoothing out any wrinkles that are left over.

https://i.imgur.com/nBwSEXzh.jpg

Full install with photos and links on my website blingstrom.com! Link below!

https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...-your-c-pillar

https://i.imgur.com/8sod5Wqh.png
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Old 07-06-2019, 10:02 PM   #435
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Been a busy last couple of months. Getting used to my new job and shopping for a new house has made it tough to get work done on my cars and updates my guides.

Here is what I have completed! Picked up a Kartboy short shifter and figured I may as well get the bushings done too! Split them into two DIYs to make the reads easier.

I have had a Kartboy short shifter installed in my STi for awhile now and knew I wanted to get one installed into my Forster. After finally acquiring one I figured why not make an install guide! Quick version below and detailed version on my website, blingstrom.com!

First remove your shiftknob and center gear shift surround.

https://imgur.com/u7kXDVR

Then you will remove the rubber seal and shift lever bolt. Followed by the snap ring.

https://imgur.com/7MCYRpb

https://imgur.com/YTLI2D7

With it removed you can move under the car remove the shift lever stay linkage.

https://imgur.com/IZIJC0B

https://imgur.com/BZlZYfU

You can now replace and transfer over the old parts to the new units.

https://imgur.com/2VxUwxo

https://imgur.com/k1D752H

Putting everything back together from where it came. Now you can do a few test shifts in the driveway to make sure everything is working before taking it to the streets.


Full install with more photos, links and tools used! https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...hifter-install
https://imgur.com/WlNDUGa

And the Energy Suspension's stay bushings. Install guide here: https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...-stay-bushings

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Old 08-07-2019, 11:01 PM   #436
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Been a busy couple of months and I haven't made it back here to update as much I would like to. I have been spending a lot of free time working on the website and getting as many Diy's, reviews and everything else I can. Here are a few I have finished.



Just a few tips and tricks to help you get your Subaru oil changed. A few tools that make your Subaru oil change that much easier.

Link here: https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...make-it-simple
https://i.imgur.com/dFkxC0Lh.png





This next one is a bit more involved but I had many people asking about A/c work. A common spot for freon leaks and what tools can be used to locate them by a hobbyist.



If you don't have the proper evacuating tools, you definitely need to head to your favorite local shop.

https://i.imgur.com/sUNjRqNh.jpg



Uv glasses and flashlight can help you track down those pesky freon leaks.

https://imgur.com/xjlk4O2



This is what it looks like to use the light and glasses. You will be looking for the neon green dye to locate a leak.

https://i.imgur.com/jKtcu4Sh.jpg





The O-rings that seal the majority of lines. These will deform over time and with all the vibration an engine sees, they may start leaking. The glasses and light will help you with this.


https://imgur.com/AKTuoeH




Link here: https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...tors-necessary




https://imgur.com/uNE1o1W


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Old 08-21-2019, 10:29 PM   #437
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Recently I purchased a new home and toook a few nights to enjoy the Forester and my favorite photo locations prior to moving.

https://i.imgur.com/TPpRsseh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/DZb9WQvh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/gXuWBevh.jpg










Otherwise, I have been quite busy putting more reviews and DIYs up on my website, below are a few of the more recent ones.



Here we are with a rear brake install for those curious. Full of photos, tools, info and links that will help you get the job done!



Link to website:https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...stopping-power

https://i.imgur.com/cqzkuS0h.png



Otherwise I have been putting a few part reviews. This one is for my Feal 442s that are equipped to my STI. The short version of this review is I love them and can't believe how well they perform on and off the course.



If you are curious of my thoughts you can follow this link for more info and photos. https://www.blingstrom.com/modmonday...earned-pennies


https://i.imgur.com/2KGIkZRh.png




Lastly, I have a review on my favorite auto-x tire to date, the Bridgestone Re-71R! These are terrific for those looking to lower the lap times, stop quicker and accelerate harder out of the corners!



Feel free to take a read from this review! https://www.blingstrom.com/modmonday...-wants-to-slip




https://i.imgur.com/1dEblSeh.png


Thanks for stopping by!
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:19 AM   #438
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Dude I love coming to this thread. Details, images + DIYs always spot on.
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Old 08-23-2019, 08:17 AM   #439
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Dude I love coming to this thread. Details, images + DIYs always spot on.
Thanks man. Means a lot to hear good feedback!

Glad to help my other fellow Subaru owner in any way I can.
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:23 PM   #440
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A couple more additions to my website and vehicle.

First we will start off with my review of my Kartboy aluminum rear endlinks, after having a set of heim joint adjustable endlinks that couldn't even last a year. I talked with Tom over at Karboy and decided to give these a go.



So far they have been excellent over the old heim joints. No more incessant squeaking and knocking noises from them. And body roll has been kept in check and cornering is improved, not that the Forester is supposed to be a handler, but it is great to have more car control.



Old and new comparo

https://i.imgur.com/BaxoxBah.jpg



Removing the old links.

https://i.imgur.com/SRYbQUBh.jpg



Installing the new links

https://i.imgur.com/OPfe3TJ.jpg



Link here: https://www.blingstrom.com/blog/2019...hen-your-links



https://i.imgur.com/jSwKHPYh.png



Then a little DIY help for all you hands on car owners. This guide will walk your through replacement of your driver's side transmission axle seal. With parts and tool links to help you find the right pieces for the puzzle. Then many photos to show you what needs to be done!



With the right tools and parts

https://i.imgur.com/oYfKlBN.jpg



And know how

https://i.imgur.com/X8BUZOo.jpg



You can get it done!

Link here: https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...dia-has-plenty

https://i.imgur.com/aSahxS6h.png

Much more on blingstrom.com! Thanks for stopping by!
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Old 09-15-2019, 10:11 PM   #441
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Decided it was the week to finally install my 04-06 STi aluminum lower control arms. I have had these for over a year but have been looking for a good amount of time to get them on the car.



I also decided to install new rear control arm bushings and replace both new axle. As the LF had began to leak and the RF seemed to click a bit, which I later found out was the sway bar link. But since they are both have lifetime warranties on them, it was not a big deal.



One other problem I ran into was the fact that one arm was bent and I was unaware. So off it went and another took it's place, with much better results, i.e. proper caster.



Factory arms and their replacements.



https://imgur.com/ptGcI4v



Brand new rubber for the arms!



https://i.imgur.com/gtfvL5Sh.jpg



Given I was removing the rear bushings I opted remove the lower subframe as well. Here is one side installed!



https://i.imgur.com/XonoRZWh.jpg



Then pulling it back off to notice the arm was quite bent.



https://i.imgur.com/4euqa0Dh.jpg



New alignment specs!



https://i.imgur.com/LCV0Rbsh.jpg



No more rubbing with my larger tires on the car. Which was my entire purpose with this mod. It also handles just a bit better!



https://imgur.com/RjZ0KK3



Install guide will be coming soon!









Also I put together a quick write up for my fellow Subaru owners and replacing lug studs. Seems like it happens to us a bit more often, so here is the quick fix to your problem!



https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...imes-its-broke

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Old 01-23-2020, 11:34 PM   #442
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Put together a power steering pump replacement for my fellow Subaru owners. For those interested here is a link. https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...mp-replacement



https://i.imgur.com/FIdOetRh.jpg



A few images from the replacement.



https://i.imgur.com/nJHw0Nyh.jpg



https://i.imgur.com/VDZIqjOh.jpg



https://i.imgur.com/6Utftdhh.jpg



https://i.imgur.com/WoIB9Moh.jpg



https://i.imgur.com/kRu5du8h.jpg



I do many other diys and projects, feel free to stop by the site, it might help you out on your next project!

Ouch, just noticed the change to imgur not allowing hot linking to Nasioc... well that puts quite a damper on my build thread...
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See the banner as NASIOC has it's own image hosting now.
Yeah, I just did after I posted and scrolled back up. Might take me quite awhile to transfer all my photos over and repopulate my thread.

I went to the site, is it a 5mb cap on photo size? I might be over on a few of my images. 😐
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Yeah **** Imgur!
It is very unfortunate, I have used it pretty exclusively for the last seven plus years. Oh well, I suppose.

Might just resurrect everything on my website to know that this won't happen again... 😐
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