Author Topic: Subaru Outback - Second Subaru  (Read 334 times)

September 19, 2018, 01:13:57 PM
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Hi Guys

After selling my Subaru Forester, the Subaru bug has bitten again, and about two years ago I purchased the Outback.

The time for doing one or two mods seems to be on the charts, but I need some advice on a few maintenance items 1st.

1. The front suspension is noisy on both ends - I suspect worn sway bar end links...unless there are some other suggestions.
2. The rear SLS shocks are toast, and I am quite keen on a set of standard KYB's. Any suggestions though where to get hold of the standard springs at a reasonable price?
3. My car do not use oil, or water, but still runs the original radiator, and head gaskets at 127500km. Is it worth replacing these, or are they less of an issue on the Outback than the 06 Foresters?

The car's underside is going to be scanned in 3D next weekend, so hopefully I can get round to designing some cool sump guards, and lift kit is on the cards too.

September 20, 2018, 08:19:54 AM
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Welcome

noisy front might be sway bar bushings and end links

As for the radiator at 120,000k get the top and bottom swapped for metal
They have a regular tendency to start failing at just over 100,000K's
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September 21, 2018, 10:32:14 AM
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Thanks Veneficus

The sway bar bushings has been replaced, so I reckon it must be the end-links.

Get top and bottom swapped for metal? Does that mean going the full mishimoto route?
If so, what do these units cost, and where can one get them here in the Western Cape.

September 23, 2018, 10:20:21 AM
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Mishimoto route works
But that cost abour R6000 -R7000

See if you can find someone close by who can replace the plastic top and bottom on existing radiator
Should be about R3500
Hope one of the guys from the cape replies
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October 09, 2018, 03:28:42 PM
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The guys from Pyro manage to sort out the noise...

Turns out to be an completely failed lower ball joint on the control arm  ::) .

Luckily it were replaced in the nick of time..

October 12, 2018, 09:03:32 AM
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What did the ball joint cost you?
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November 07, 2018, 09:37:59 AM
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The 3.0 OBK is very reliable.

I would upgrade the radiator as a safety measure. If im not mistaken, the transmission cooler also fits onto it and can push temps up significantly when venturing off the road.
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November 07, 2018, 01:14:04 PM
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The scan is all done, as is the design and manufacturing...no to check fitment if it's all good, have the seams stitch welded, and then we can commence some sump surfing..

November 07, 2018, 02:29:56 PM
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Very very nice, well done!
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November 07, 2018, 05:58:09 PM
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What did the ball joint cost you?

It all came in at R1750...excluding wheel alignment.

November 13, 2018, 07:28:42 AM
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Everything fits, no clashes, so now I just need to get someone to weld up those seams..

November 13, 2018, 07:54:53 AM
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