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Introduction / Re: Hello Fellow Fozzies!
« on: October 16, 2018, 05:30:27 PM »
Welcome Alan,

Enjoy the car

N/A Tech Chat / Re: 2.5 x - no power after 4000 RPM
« on: October 16, 2018, 05:28:23 PM »
Sorry, was mistaken then.
Thought my son's SG had the coils on plug.

Notices / Re: Server Migration
« on: October 16, 2018, 09:52:58 AM »
Ahoi Steve !
You are still around :D :D

What car do you play with these days?

N/A Tech Chat / Re: 2.5 x - no power after 4000 RPM
« on: October 16, 2018, 09:49:51 AM »
Hi Robert,
You can't remap an NA.

You mention you changed plug leads, but the '07 was already a the facelift model, which had "pencil coils", i.e coil on plug, so no HT plug leads.....
You probably also have DBW (electronic throttle)?

Things to check/replace:
Hoses that ventilate the crankcase, including that little PCV valve.
Idle valve
Throttle body/actuator/vacuum hoses/....
Fuel pressure regulator
Knock sensor

Electronics / Re: Replacement radio on 2004 XSel
« on: October 07, 2018, 10:00:34 PM »
Double DIN is double DIN. Any will fit. The brackets from the OEM will screw straight onto your new deck. Easy job. Just get a prying tool to take off the trim properly. A screwdriver will damage it, especially at the top by the vents and hazard switch.

I have not ventured into installing an aftermarket 2-Din radio in my SG, although I am very tempted..

But, @thenoizeguy, the 2-Din radio "box" might be standard, the SG's facia space is quite a bit smaller than the std 2-Din facia.
There are quite a few write-ups/videos available of guys who have done it...

Introduction / Re: My first Subaru 2005 XT
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:21:27 PM »
Hi "thenoizeguy"

Welcome here.

The std is: no pics: it didn't happen. So post a pic or 2 of your car.

SG/SH/.. as the others idicated, it's referring to the model:
It started with SF (2002...)
SG (2003 or so, until 2008, with a facelift at 2006)
then came SH and SJ(current), and the next one is SK(2019)

The SG5 is an XT 2.0lt, the SG9 is a 2.5 N/A.
The N/A manual gearbox has a low range, where the XT does not.

From what you described below, it seems you have an SG5 XT? Your VIN number can confirm this i.e. mine starts as JF2SG9..... (MY 2005, 2.5lt NA)

There are posts with links to manuals, where the VIN number is explained, but the good Dr Google should also be of help. However, Google is often misleading/mistaken/.... in this regard.
Check out:

I was on the forester Forum Whatsapp group, but left recently, mainly due to too much non related discussions, and other personal reasons. There are however guys out there with lots of info/advice, mostly good. It was just too much for me later on.

Not sure if you know this, but the Fozzies like gravel roads  ;D ;D ;D (sorry, I'm biased towards gravel roads. Tar (national) roads suck)

Main thing with the Fozzies: look after it, do your oil changes, regulary check your radiator for leaks... (especially on the XT), do the timing belt on 100k's, drive decent (almost like an ou toppie), and it will last. Hammer it, well then expect some more maintenance costs.

Enjoy the car

Introduction / Re: New SG Forester Member
« on: September 07, 2018, 04:01:02 PM »
welcome Eckard,

Show you car please

Wanted - Parts or Vehicles / Re: SG Forester shifter bushings (W)
« on: September 07, 2018, 03:59:52 PM »
Hi, I got some remade/refurbished ones from Chris on the Cape Whatsapp group. Still have to fit them, so cannot say if they fit etc..
Not sure what his username is here though.

Parts and Accessories For Sale / Re: SG forester lowering springs and shocks
« on: September 07, 2018, 03:52:23 PM »
Hi Shadow,

Where did you get HD springs from?

Transmission / Re: 5th gear
« on: August 31, 2018, 09:58:00 AM »
The "Lo" light not comming on could be the switch on the gearbox, or maybe the gear is not engaging 100%, so it's not making the switch. The latter could be due to problems on the shift cable or bracket on the box..

They should be able to easilly check that at SSW

Introduction / Re: New member, first time ever Subaru owner
« on: August 23, 2018, 08:41:47 PM »
Welcome and enjoy it

Turbo Tech Chat / Re: OK Well Oil use
« on: August 23, 2018, 04:57:53 PM »
" I doubt that a skim would have an such an large effect, from no oil use to lots? "

I agree, but the "skim" had quite an affect on my engine, that's the only reason i mentioned it.
The rest is just theory/possibilities/...

Introduction / Re: New Forum member
« on: August 23, 2018, 04:54:25 PM »
Hello Frank, Welcome
Show us what you have.
(Hope it's a lifted/not afraid of gravel type)  ;D

Turbo Tech Chat / Re: OK Well Oil use
« on: August 21, 2018, 12:41:58 PM »
Fully agree with you, however, excessive pressure going past the rings will increase sump pressure, which is vented into the intake system, with oil(mist/vapours/...), which ends up in the compression chamber, getting burned.....

That's my theory.

(I've had a VW 412LE many years ago (very lekker car). I replaced rings on it, but did not hone the sleeves. ::) ::) ::) ( i was still young and dumb (& broke then. Now I am older ;))
Anyway, the oil would not stay in the engine due to high crankcase pressure.
Ctn to George(400km) I used 5lt oil, most of it dripping out from the tappet covers.)

Turbo Tech Chat / Re: OK Well Oil use
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:01:37 PM »
The heads are the parts that are mostly skimmed, the block less so.
I think mainly because the black has steel sleeves, so if a gasket blows, less damage is caused, compared to the heads, which are only aluminium.
Further, heads can warp from overheating, because they are "less rigid" than the block.

But yes, skimming involves removing some metal from the head, which causes the combustion chamber to have a lesser volume.
With the same amount of air being drawn in by the piston on the "downward" stroke, when the piston comes back "up", there is less space for the air, so the pressure must increase. ("up/down" refers to the piston movement in a "vertical" engine, but really is away/towards the crank.)

In theory, the higher pressure will cause more oil to be leaked thru/past the rings. However, whether this is really happening, I don't know, as the percentage increase in compression from before to after skimming is probably not that much.

The above is really just "off the top of my head", maybe someone with more knowledge & expirience can add something / correct me where incorrect..

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