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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.



A few photos

[img]http://i.imgur.com/g58QxXch.jpg

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

http://i.imgur.com/RvGC15Sh.jpg]

http://i.imgur.com/rITlB1Nh.jpg


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.



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.



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



Old mount.



No mount!



Factory vs Group N. Big difference!



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



New mount!



Putting everything back together!



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

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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.



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



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.



Above shot of them broken loose.



Here they are.



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!


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



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.



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





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



Now you will trace, adhere and trim.





Smoothing out any wrinkles that are left over.



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

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

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