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General Chat / Re: Knocking noise when i turn right
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:38:55 PM »
Had similar issue - turned out to be outer CV's.  Subarou however will only sell the entire side-shaft at around R7,500+VAT and + fitting.
Wheel bearings you should be ablt to hear by just steering slightly to either side while driving.
(Outer) CV testing normally done in a suitable space like a parking lot: drive slowly, turn to full lock, keep the speed and apply left foot braking for a bit - LIGHTLY!  Swap sides. Normally the left side complains when turning left and vice versa.

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Introduction / Re: Tyres for Subaru Forester XT 2017
« on: January 09, 2018, 06:28:10 PM »
I agree with JBH - I'm running slightly "oversized" AT tyres on my turbo auto Foz and yes, both acceleration and on-tar road holding are respectively slightly and noticeably compromised, but I'm happy with that trade-off in favour of a bit of lift and tougher tyres for offroading.
I needed to slow down anyways - fuel and tyres are expensive, as a speeding fines!

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Trip Planning / Re: Shipwreck trail, early Jan 2018
« on: January 08, 2018, 07:03:53 PM »
So it happened  ;D
(Not without some drama beforehand though...)
F4RS1D3 and his SWAMBO joined us for the Shipwreck trail section, will do a trip report in a while.
It was pretty damn good.
Here's a teaser...

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Trip Reports / Re: The Forester and Vitara Grand Tour
« on: December 12, 2017, 10:27:38 AM »
GREAT report, we're living it with you, thanks for sharing!
Funny, I also have (an even more) compromising photo of my wife at a roadside stop in Lesotho ;D
We did that route in reverse, in 2011 before it was tarred.  Tar started only at Oxbow Lodge towards Fouriesburg.  That Sani to Oxbow section took us a whole day, max speed off tar was around 30.  It was rough and our 1st real trip in the Foz.
I posted a report but all the pics got deleted.

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Trip Planning / Shipwreck trail, early Jan 2018
« on: December 12, 2017, 09:14:51 AM »
Hey guys, wife & I planning to do the Shipwreck trail on the West coast early Jan (4th most likely, 3rd/5th are alternative options).  They need 4pax min, so we need two more peeps, as it's only us at the moment.  It's a self-drive and runs from Noup to Kleinzee, sand & rock trail along the beach for 37km.  Not usually open to the public unless on a tour like this. The operator indicates 4-5hrs, so leisurely drive. Some thickish sand along the way. I said I'm in a Foz and they don't have an issue.  I know of a guy who did it in an SG some years ago, so quite do-able.  He had a lift and oversized AT tyres though.  Wanted to know if anyone wants to join? Even if not in a Foz (in which case you could help me get out the dwang ;D)
R250pp
pm me or preferably via WhatsApp, I'm on the forum WA group.
Cheers

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Cars For Sale / Re: S Edition
« on: July 26, 2017, 07:40:17 PM »
Km's?

I see them going in the R200-220k range.

Pieter... doenit!  ;D

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https://www.performanceproducts.co.za/forester-2003-2008/548-cool-boost-systems-vi2-wmi-kit-for-forester-2003-2008.html
I fitted this one.
Well worth every cent.
I run 1.4 bar on a VF48 TMIC (STI 08) and it is fun all the way to 6800
Failsafe is spot on.
And I also have octane on demand.
So when cruising down to Cape Town, hardly use any meffs

Tim's car hauls ass.  WMI seems to have enabled the potential of the engine to be used properly.

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Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / Re: Dunlop AT3 on my Forester
« on: July 26, 2017, 07:10:34 PM »
Update: So after finding a set of 16" rims I pulled the trigger on a set of Yoko G015s after hearing some good reviews.
So far I'm happy.
Quiet. Good dry grip. Wet grip as expected is less than the G95s. No noticeable change in fuel economy yet. Plus they look pretty rugged.
Will update after my Mozambique trip

Stef...are you back from Moz yet?
We need that trip report, mate...

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Garage / Re: west's S-exy young thing
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:39:51 PM »
Sooo...Due to too much work, I've been absent for a long time.
Well, I got rid of the work thing (only temporarily, unfortunately) and there are a few upgrades I still wanted to get to.

In Sep 2015, I'd had a lovely Mishi radiator installed - and a trans cooler to replace the OEM unit.  At the time, I had it mounted to the side of the engine bay, as I was worried about over-cooling.  Since then, I've had two occasions where the ATF got a bit too hot for my liking.  This was up a winding mountain pass, in warm weather, fully loaded with stuff and people and pulling a full trailer.
So the trans cooler now sits in front of the radiator.  Going to Lesotho for some snow on Thursday, so I got worried about over-cooling again.  Last year, I very, very narrowly missed a massive engine disaster when I did not see the extreme cold had frozen the coolant and pushed off the lower radiator pipe and all the coolant ran out over the 1st 100m of driving.  Luckily my mates drove just behind me and we stopped before the engine was at risk.  So I'm a bit paranoid now.

After a long delay, I finally picked up on the fixes. With the help of sav and Fozziedriver, I got hold of a simple but effective thermostat for the oil system and started installing it. 
Clever me reasoned that it should be right by the box, in order to get the best reaction time to the ATF temp changes.  This means in a little hollow between the box and the LH side heads, above the driveshaft. Add to that I don't have a car lift in my garage...i.e. you need little T-rex/Trump hands on rubber arms.   Oh, and I had to make a bracket for it - nothing major, but everything takes time and I seem to be the slowest spanner-slinger on the planet.  I found very scant guidance on the net - my main struggle was to find out which of the two pipes are in/out of the box, as the thermostat needs to be linked up correctly.  The best advice I found, was a diagram on Opposedforces.com (found via Google images), aided by checking the relative temps of the two pipes after working the box a bit from cold.   I'm still not 100% sure if I got it right, so I'd prefer not to say which I think is which.

Mainly because of the space issue, I had to undo and re-fit hoses and the bracket a couple of times, figuring out the order in which to fit things.  Routing the new hoses was also a thing, as the angles meant the hoses wanted to pinch and the one was touching the head - not a good idea!  So I had to try a couple of route options, each time needing to undo things that were done...

When I was done, tested it in the garage and of course one fitting leaked a tiny bit.  Had to use a shifting spanner and could manage only another 1/16th of a turn on the fitting.  Took it for a test drive and still leaking.  At least I know the oil did run through the cooler, so the box shouldn't overheat.  What I DON'T know, is whether the thermostat actually closes enough to (mostly) bypass the cooler, when cold.

I had to undo the bracket in order to get the spanner in there.  Invented a few choice new swearwords along the way.  Will test again tomorrow, as it is last day before we leave for Lesotho.   
I've enclosed some pics in case anyone wants to do something similar.
Pic 1 shows the "box side" ports of the thermostat, first cold, then after some time in boiling water.  You can see the position change inside;
Pic 2 shows my makeshift bracket;
Pic 3 shows installed set-up.
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Update: Seems it worked. Tested from cold, worked the box a bit to heat it and drove it in traffic for a short distance. Engine was on temp, box was probably just getting into temp range.  There was a noticeable difference in temps between the pipes on the box and the cooler.  Even on the thermostat I could feel a difference between "box side" and "cooler side".  So it seems the thermostat does what it is supposed to.  And best of all, after some...er, "sporty" driving using the paddles... no leaks! 8)

Update2 (Dec 2017): About 3,00km and a Lesotho trip later, so far so good.  That bracket though: it bridges the g/box and body/chassis.  As pointed out by Wayne @ WHP, due to the engine/box movement, that bracket's gonna go at some point. Better to shape a different bracket that attaches to either chassis or box, rather than both.

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Trip Reports / Re: Snow Trip July 2017
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:00:25 PM »
Whaaaa... awesome! Snow, mud... and OBS for the cold  ;D

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Transmission / Re: Foz SH XT Release bearing failure under 100K Km?
« on: July 25, 2017, 07:55:50 PM »
Holy crap.
Sorry, Wynand.  That's not funny.
Sorry I can't help with advice - aside from that if Subaru dealer had done the replacement job, then surely there should be some kind of a warranty on the new parts (and the job itself)?

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Introduction / Re: First Time Subaru Owner
« on: July 25, 2017, 07:44:44 PM »
Not sure where to get the aluminium tanks, I have made a friend at Subaru SA, the service manager, will ask him where I can get it done and post here :-)

Hey guys, pm FozzieDriver, he'll be able to help you with the radiator - and with much more specific knowledge (ie real experience) than the dealer guys have.

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Introduction / Re: Newbie to a Foz
« on: July 25, 2017, 07:38:45 PM »
Howzit Mike
Nice to have a fellow S-ed owner (and Scoobyfest award winner) here!
Although my award I shouldn't be too proud of... ;D

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Introduction / Re: Greetings
« on: September 01, 2016, 07:39:31 AM »
welcome.

I believe we have another female member on board?
Whoops. Not sure how that happened. I'm certainly not F. [emoji13]
Any idea how to change it on the app?

Nah.  Just Steve's wishful thinking  :P

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