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August 12, 2017, 02:28:56 PM
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ForesterXV

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Hi all. I have a 2008 forester xs with 200000km on the clock. Awesome vehicle. The self levelling struts have just been replaced with non sls Monroe struts but the rear suspension still sags. Anyone with suggestions as to why and what to do about it? New springs? Spacers? Any advice Welcome - thanks!

August 12, 2017, 07:11:54 PM
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berndp

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Hi F XV,
You can't just replace the shocks, and keep the SLS springs. On those, the shock actually helped to lift the back.
You need the springs from a non-sls model, normally the X.
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August 12, 2017, 08:38:51 PM
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ForesterXV

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Thanks  Berbdp. As I thought...  I possibly made the mistake of not having it done by Subaru to save some money. I will take it back for springs.
Apart from wipers and tyres, this is the first thing I've had to replace in just over 200000km so can't complain!

August 12, 2017, 08:51:32 PM
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berndp

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Don't need to take it to SSA.
Just need to get the springs from them.

If you are able, it's not such a big job.
You will need spring compressors (clamps with threaded rods...), and some really basic spanners. Don't forget common sense and logic.

Most difficult part (not counting the spring compressors), is undoing the 2 bolts at the bottom of the struts. They are vas.

Spring compressors you can get at any spares shop.
http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/235463734/Coil_Spring_Compressor.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgd_fvq3S1QIVg7vtCh3Flw2xEAQYASABEgJ3X_D_BwE

I made mine DIY, because I had the material and the means. 1/2" steam pipe, a bit of flatbar, M16 threaded rod and nuts and washers.
Subaru Forester 2005 2.5 Xsel
Always looking for a tar free "road"
Brackenfell, W'Cape

August 13, 2017, 08:28:47 PM
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ForesterXV

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Thanks a stack for the great advice! Will give that a try. I understand the springs are around R850 each.

August 14, 2017, 08:19:04 AM
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Wynandd

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Can I please have the part number for the Monroe shocks you installed? Need to do the same...
Ex - 2007 Subaru Forester XS
Ex - 2008 Subaru Forester XT
Current - 2010 Subaru Forester XT

November 06, 2017, 06:29:53 PM
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cameronb

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Hello Forester Friends - I have the exact same issue.

Its a 2005 XS. The sls were done at 200 000km.
My mechanic informed me the cheapest place to buy the OEM KYB EXEL G is at a Bosch Dealer (sole importers of KYB)
I bought mine at Bosch Riverhorse Valley in Durban. They cost R915 ea inc/vat.

Part numbers : KYB 334334 & KYB 3343445 (left & right different p/n)

My problem: I have installed the new KYB shocks, and still have saggy rear end...
Should I buy OEM X - Springs or get someone to manufacture heavy duty ones ? If so who can do it in DBN (or online ) ?


November 06, 2017, 10:43:27 PM
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FozzieDriver

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Buy the X springs. They cheap enough.


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November 07, 2017, 08:56:00 AM
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Any idea of the part number ? My vin number isn't going to work at the agents.  ::)

November 07, 2017, 02:20:10 PM
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Any idea of the part number ? My vin number isn't going to work at the agents.  ::)

20380SA410
Maybe get Wayne to fit for you?


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November 09, 2017, 10:05:45 AM
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Is your car an import?
jbh
Southernmost point of Africa
Ex:2003 Forester XSel Dual Range
Now: 2009 XS Dual Range. LSS sump guard.
Pedders Suspension. Aluminium heavy duty Radiator.