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 Post subject: Dauntless244's NA SF5
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:17 pm 
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Vehicle: 02 SF5 NA

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Location: NSW
I guess it's time to make a thread about my Forester, as I seem to be doing more work to it than I originally intended.

It was made 10/2001, and I purchased it in July this year from the original owner with just over 300,000km. It has plenty of dents and scratches, but has always been serviced by the book and repaired when necessary.

It looked like this when I got it:
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Since then, I've done the following:

At 408,000km fitted replacement 160,000km engine which was freshened up
Tomei timing belt guide
Gates timing belt
Ignition leads - Eagle 7mm
Spark plugs - NGK BKR6E gapped at 0.7mm
Added a factory tow bar
Fitted trailer wiring harness
Added 18w LED reverse light
Removed intake resonator
Removed standard nudge bar
Fitted Nite Stalker 180 driving lights
New Protex front rotors
New Prime brake pads front and rear
Stainless UEL header
2.25" Magnaflow performance cat
2.25" cat back exhaust
Restored headlight lenses
Fitted OEM fog lights with 3200k 55w halogen bulbs
LED dome light bulb
Clear side indicators
New Jecs knock sensor
New Bosch o2 sensor
Ultrex strut brace
SuperPro end links and bushes
Impreza STi 20mm rear swaybar
Custom air intake
Throttle body coolant bypass.
Tegiwa "brake stopper" master cylinder brace.
KYB struts
King springs - standard height
Subtle Solutions rear strut spacers
Whiteline heavy duty rear swaybar mounts
SG 16" alloys with 235/60R16 Hankook DynaPro AT-m RF10 all terrain tyres.
SG 16" steelies with 215/65R16 Bridgestone highway terrain tyres
Kenwood KMM-U51BT head unit

Currently looks kinda like this:
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 Post subject: Re: Dauntless244's NA SF5
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:00 pm 
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Vehicle: MY05 XT

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Location: Jumanji
It's like looking at a twin!

What do you have planned for it?


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 Post subject: Re: Dauntless244's NA SF5
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:19 pm 
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It's a good economical daily driver, and I'd like to keep it in that role. Not sure on future mods yet, I'd like to make it handle a little better without lowering it or fitting low profile tyres, as I enjoy taking it to the beach and on dirt tracks.


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 Post subject: Re: Dauntless244's NA SF5
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:29 pm 
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Heavier rear sway bar might be worth looking into.

I fitted a 20mm bar (off a WRX) to my Forester - it's not quite as huge a difference as some would have you believe but it's certainly improved the car's road manners I think. Haven't noted too many issues as far as restricting wheel articulation off road either (that said, my vehicle is merely a tool for getting to more awesome spots with the mountain bike!)


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 Post subject: Re: Dauntless244's NA SF5
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:18 pm 
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WRX rear swaybar is something I'm considering, I'll probably get around to it early next year.

I'm happy to lose a small amount of articulation to lose some body roll and hopefully dial out some understeer, as I have a Hilux for more serious 4WDing.


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 Post subject: Re: Dauntless244's NA SF5
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:23 pm 
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Make a quick release setup on the swaybar. Member 'lefty' over here in WA was doing it, not 100% sure if its finished.

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 Post subject: Re: Dauntless244's NA SF5
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:30 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Dauntless244's NA SF5
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:38 pm 
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Thanks, That looks like a good idea. I'll try that after the bar is fitted if I need to.


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 Post subject: Re: Dauntless244's NA SF5
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:09 pm 
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Here are some exhaust videos.

Firstly, completely standard:


Diff back fitted:


UEL header fitted:


Finished exhaust:


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 Post subject: Re: Dauntless244's NA SF5
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:20 pm 
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OzFoz stickers arrived today, already put one on :thumbs:


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