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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..

Turbo Tech Chat / Re: OK Well Oil use
« on: August 14, 2018, 07:54:14 PM »
On mine, no overheating in my time, before gaskets were done.
The gasket was sweating, and because the engine was out to do the clutch, the guy suggested to do the headgaskets as well. Less labour cost.
Now, after +100k km, the gasket is sweating again. :(
I am certainly not pulling the engine for that.

Turbo Tech Chat / Re: OK Well Oil use
« on: August 13, 2018, 05:00:53 PM »

Hi Guys,

I have having the same issue. Got a leaking head gasket fixed - in fact, got both replaced and machine-skimmed at the same time - and after that my oil consumption increased considerably. About a litre per 1000kms, which is sounds like everyone says is normal.

I took the car back to my mechanic and he did a compression test, which was fine. He then said that on high revs, it seemed like some oil was getting past the rings. I don't understand how the car didn't have oil passing through the rings and was using less oil before the gasket job but did after the repairs. Any ideas?

That could be part of the reason. Skimming causes higher compression.

If it's anything like mine, listen out for ping, very light throttle @ approx 2000 - 3000 rpm.
Would be interesting  ??? ???

However, 1 ltr/1000km is a bit high. Did you change oil brand/type/viscosity at the same time as repairs?

General Chat / Re: tuning advice
« on: August 09, 2018, 10:26:36 PM »
Hi Pyro.....
Can we assume this is Julian?

I don't have a XT, but I have modded my intake slightly (removed resonator Tupperware...)

What I am interseted in is your comment: "A CAI sounds nice, but can complicate things for your tuner if it has earthing issues."

Please explain this.

I have a plastic flex(ex Chinatown) running from my filter box (SG9 Pre Facelift), to the RH headlight, and there is a piece of Alu tube on the end, just to enable me to fix the intake hose to something. The bracketing is all metal, so the Alu tube end is "Earthed".

The pic shows the setup, excluding the Alu endpiece, which lies in front of the ABS control.


That air filter is not for the pre-facelift, so yours must be facelift version?

What year? (purely for the benefit of others)

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