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Old 02-28-2019, 10:57 PM   #401
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Thanks for the pixs. I’ll keep an eye out for the rebuild. I bought your td04 for my xt a couple years ago. Its time to upgrade it to a vf48.
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:45 PM   #402
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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.



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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



Links to parts used on the website and many photos.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:42 PM   #403
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Nice write up! Once I get my built trans installed I’m going to rebuild my turbo. Hopefully I’ll get to that this week. Do you have a link to the CHRA you used? I looked on eBay and think I found the one you used. Thank you for all the info!
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:31 PM   #404
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Nice write up! Once I get my built trans installed Iím going to rebuild my turbo. Hopefully Iíll get to that this week. Do you have a link to the CHRA you used? I looked on eBay and think I found the one you used. Thank you for all the info!
Thanks man I sure do. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Mel...53.m1438.l2649

There is your link. Wish you much luck getting trans in and turbo rebuild. Should be a excellent couple of upgrades and give a dynamic change to the vehicle.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:42 PM   #405
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Another week goes by and autocross season gets closer. Most everything is setup on the car currently and finally found time to burp out the coolant and allow it to warm up for awhile. Appears everything is good and no leaks currently, which is always a great feeling.

Updated the website with a new review for adjustable end links. Which can fit well on either of your project cars.. lifted or lowered. Check it out here. https://www.blingstrom.com/blog/2019...mmed-to-lifted

My links appear to be from Whiteline but I am not a 100% sure as they were purchased used. Going strong for the last 3 months with a much better feel on turn in.

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Old 03-16-2019, 10:15 AM   #406
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Made a DIY about replacing your 06-08 taillights to 03-05s. Which also includes a how to on solo testing your rear lights for proper operation and replacing burnt out bulbs. Link here: https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...06-08-forester

A few photos from the afternoon.







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Old 03-19-2019, 10:38 PM   #407
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Swapped out my cabin air filter in my 06 Forester and made a quick DIY for others. Link is here! https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...er-air-for-you

This guide will also work well for 02-07 Imprea owners as it is identical.



Few photos from it.

I wonder how many never notice this warning on the driver's side dashboard.


Where it starts. Removing all 9 screws from the glovebox and surround.


There is where you were trying to get to and where the filter resides.



This is what I was greeted to when I removed the first time at 196k miles.



Yup, gross.

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Old 03-20-2019, 12:58 PM   #408
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Damn! I try to change my cabin air filters out every 12k miles. They can get bad quick.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:53 AM   #409
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Damn! I try to change my cabin air filters out every 12k miles. They can get bad quick.

I am pretty lazy about it and rarely run my air. I should definitely replace the Stis filter, it has been almost 5 years.

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Old 03-21-2019, 11:25 AM   #410
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it has been almost 5 years.
Excuse me?! 5 years. Yikes
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:04 PM   #411
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Excuse me?! 5 years. Yikes
Haha! I have put 30k miles on the STi in 7 years if that helps you feel better! I also pretty much run with the windows down. But now that I say that I will definitely post up a picture of it to see how bad it has gotten over the last 5 years.
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Old 03-28-2019, 10:48 PM   #412
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Having a little bit of trouble last weekend. Went to start the STi and enjoy the Spring weather to find it still dead... I had recent put it back on the charger, so I wasn't sure what was going on. Checked inside the car to find my daughter had pushed the parking lights switch.

Everybody's most hated switch in your Subaru.



Get low! Get low get low get low! Sorry battery.



A little test of the battery showed 0.00v's. Yep, completely dead. Unhooked from the car I let it charge away all day. Finally back to it's normal 12.6 self.



While I was waiting for the battery to charge up I took a moment to change the diff fluid in the Forester.

My necessary tools and items




Always remove the fill plug first to make sure you can refill it once drained!



Open up!



See ya old fluid!



Put together a full DIY over on my website. https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...your-rear-diff

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Old 03-30-2019, 03:32 PM   #413
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I picked up the SuperNova V.4s from Headlightrevolution.com after doing a bit of research and coming across their very insightful YouTube videos. So far their light output is phenomenal but I need to mess with the headlight positioning and bulb location to see if I can help the cutoff level a bit.

Well I finally got around to installing my LED headlights. I have spent the last few weeks trying to figure out an ingenious way to installed them but make it fully reversible incase I am not pleased with it.

With only a half inch behind the headlight dust cap I had to settle with putting them in my headlight housings. So far so good. Had a pretty heavy rainstorm here and they are still doing well.

Decided to make a quick DIY for those interested in removing the stock headlights for whatever reason. Soon to follow the steps I used to install the LED bulbs.

Few quick pics of me pulling the headlights out and a few shots of putting in the LED controllers and wiring inside the headlights.

Before halogen light out put.





Bumper is basically held on by push clips and a few snap on clips.



Headlights are 4 easily found bolts and this snap tab.



Everything free.



Preheat at 250F and let cook for 7 mins.



Controller box hidden below the reflectors and front cover.



After shots. I had no time to dial the lights in due to a large rainstorm but This is them right out the box. Need to tweak them a bit. A little disappointed at the less than stellar cutoff line, one of the reasons I went with them, but maybe they will be better after I work on the aim.



Link to write up on removing the headlights. https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...-your-forester

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Old 04-02-2019, 03:51 PM   #414
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Awesome build!
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:23 PM   #415
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Awesome build!
Thanks man, appreciate the love!

I have never been very impressed by my Forester's light output from the headlights. Maybe I have been spoiled by my STi's Hids. Anyways, I wanted to try out a set of LED bulbs and after much research I found SuperNova V.4s by Headlightrevolution.com. After watching their videos and reviews I decided to give them a go.

Well being an H1 bulb it wasn't as simple as plug and play. I spent a good week trying to figure it out but ended up baking the headlights to install them inside and out of sight. Here are a few images of the project and light differences.

Here they are in all their glory!




Starting off with removing both headlights from the car.



Then onto the baking!



Finding a place for them!



All wired up and ready to run.



After sealing and reinstalling. They are on and quite bright!




Before: Halogen



After: Leds




Full install guide and links to tools used! Enjoy!

https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...lbs-a-new-home

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Old 04-02-2019, 11:44 PM   #416
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Admire the clean content, and updates. KIU.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:23 PM   #417
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Admire the clean content, and updates. KIU.
Thanks man I appreciate the kind words!

Welp, I decided to give the Forester a new gift and that is the gift of a lower mileage engine. With over 214k on the clock and a family to haul I decided I wanted a bit less miles and fresher engine. So here are a few photos of the fun of a new to me engine.

Obviously this power steering pump was a leaker.. Time to try out a a new degreaser product.



This Zep HD from home depot cut through it like crazy. Glad I decided to give it a try.




Rotating the motor around to get at all the greasy sections.

Good enough for now, had a few more plans and I had limited time. So on to them!



Getting the timing belt and pulleys off.





Then the task I had been dreading, my last attempt to remove the cam bolts was not very successful. I broke a cam gear and spent 6 plus hours with a drill in my hand. But it was completed. This time I had a trick up my sleeve and was hoping it would come though.

Proof is in the pudding! Twist lock set on Amazon for the win! 10 minutes later and all four bolts are gone. Now to replace them with TiC FU cam bolts.







Link for tools used and a more in depth how to! https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...-of-cursing-it

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Old 04-15-2019, 12:05 PM   #418
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Nice work.........
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Old 04-26-2019, 10:19 PM   #419
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Nice work.........
Thanks man!

I have been up to putting together a few DIYs to help out my fellow Subaru owners. First off I have a downpipe remove and replace for those new to it and looking at adding a new piece of exhaust to their car!

Not anything too crazy here but I made sure to link the items I have used. Tips and tricks for those new to turbo Subarus and plenty of photos to help you go in with a solid game plan.

https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...-sti-04-08-fxt



For my Second DIY I put together a follow along guide for cleaning the AEM dryflow filters. I have loved having these in all of our Subaru's and the fact that you don't need to go out and buy a new filter very year or so. Easy to clean and doesn't gunk up your MAF like many of the oiled filters.

https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...d-a-horsepower

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Old 04-27-2019, 12:10 AM   #420
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So I bought the sockets, gonna give them a try next week on these cam bolts on a set if heads I'm going to have reconditioned.
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Old 04-27-2019, 07:03 AM   #421
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So I bought the sockets, gonna give them a try next week on these cam bolts on a set if heads I'm going to have reconditioned.

I hope they work out for you! I was grateful to just be done with it in 10 mins instead of messing with them for hour after hour trying various other methods.

I hope your rebuild goes well and you can get back to enjoying your car! I just dropped off a set of heads. Can't wait to get my Forester back together and try out the new to me engine.
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Old 04-27-2019, 08:28 AM   #422
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Yeah I’m picking up the sockets too. Always nice to have the right tool for the job!
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Yeah Iím picking up the sockets too. Always nice to have the right tool for the job!
They made my day, so I would highly recommend them! I have linked on my website to make it easy to find too!


I have used three Subaru oem gasket kits putting engine back together and thought I would give my feedback on them. There are a few gaskets missing but all in all it saves you time and money when purchased as one big kit.

Linked many different Subaru gasket kits on the end for your ease of finding them!

https://www.blingstrom.com/blog/2019...bers-and-parts



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I hope they work out for you! I was grateful to just be done with it in 10 mins instead of messing with them for hour after hour trying various other methods.

I hope your rebuild goes well and you can get back to enjoying your car! I just dropped off a set of heads. Can't wait to get my Forester back together and try out the new to me engine.
My car is currently running fine, I just am accumulating parts for a complete new engine in addition to the stage 2 mostly stock one I'll be pulling out. Also going to recondition a set of 2.0L heads and will need to pull cam gears off of those heads. I've been looking for the fast way short of welding bolts and hope this is the "trick" well worth the try IMHO.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:25 PM   #425
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My car is currently running fine, I just am accumulating parts for a complete new engine in addition to the stage 2 mostly stock one I'll be pulling out. Also going to recondition a set of 2.0L heads and will need to pull cam gears off of those heads. I've been looking for the fast way short of welding bolts and hope this is the "trick" well worth the try IMHO.
Nice, sounds like a great way to move into stage 2 with a motor ready for it! I was quite happy with the trick and have had a few others tell me it worked well for them! Hope it works out for you too.

Well it has been a busy month. The Forester went under the knife for a new used motor to plopped into it. Here are few pictures of all the fun.


Clearing everything unnecessary and getting ready to come out.


On the stand ready for many things.


Pulling the covers.


Heads are coming off for an overhaul and new headgaskets ready to go.


Head back and nice and shiny.




Going back together.



With all this work I spent some time gathering photos for Diy, how tos for others.

Oil pan resealing with a special Killer B guest making an appearance. https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...or-new-headers


Fxt fuel line repairs for no more fuel smells in the cold weather. Works for many models but specific setup is the Forester hardlines. https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...ells-04-08-fxt


06-07 Wrx 4 piston/2 piston brake install on my Fxt. A how to with many of images and links. https://www.blingstrom.com/diy-proje...r-rally-wheels

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