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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)

Taking a chance of being shot down here, but what about the Duster.
There are a gizillion of them running around in Namibia, all rentals I would say, so there must be something good about them...

There was a good (positive) write-up in SA4x4 quite a while ago, by a "ranger" in the Kalahari somewhere, who was very surprised by it's capabilities.

Despite the good fuel consumption figures, I would stay away from the "small" diesels.
Bigger engines like in Land Cruisers etc they're fine, but not in small cars, with 6 turbo's etc.
(A diesel is not supposed to be a high revving engine)

General Chat / Re: Insurance
« on: July 12, 2018, 08:01:22 PM »
Are you covered under an umbrella?

I am, but never had any issues with them. I suppose you pay for what you get?

Damn, mine went into the trashcan :(

LIFT KITS / Re: Lift kits for your Subaru
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:11:01 PM »
See response from jbh Sept last year.

Suspension / Re: Bushings
« on: July 05, 2018, 09:58:26 PM »
There are many places that will "re-make" the bushings in PU.

Some burn out the rubber, and then refill the gaps with PU.
Others fill the gaps with PU. I think this is done especially on those oil-filled bushings. They drill some holes, get the oil out, and fill it with PU. Becomes a bit stiffer/harder/ whatever (no, not a sex movie) ;D

I had my front lower control arm rear bushings filled with PU, 'cause the oil had leaked out.

I did DIY on the rear diff rear mounts. The sagged, and were slightly torn.
I re-centred them(jack under diff), and after washing out with benzine, if filled them well with SikaTack Go!.
(It cost R100 odd for the tube, and I think I could have prob. done 10 cars with it.)

Let it set for a day or so.

Stabilzer bar bushings: OEM should be good, if you go for PU, more vibration will be transferred to the car (that's the theory).
My OEM's lasted well over 200K km. So, is it really worth going for something else, unless maybe you're into track racing?
Stabilzer end links: you can find at some Midas/Masterparts stores, depends how willing the guys are to look passed the "Subaru" syndrome( ::) "agents only") when it comes to parts.
I spoke to a "Subaru friendly" guy at a tyre place a while ago, he said he didn't have anything for Subaru, but bring a sample, the he can look in the shelves for something that matches..
We need more like him in this world.

Electronics / Re: SH heat gauge
« on: July 01, 2018, 07:00:04 AM »
I have an old phone permanently stuck to the window for this.
All i have to do is give it a klap(swipe to unlock), and then Torque is running.....

You never park in the street? What do you do then, take it off?

Always there.
I do remove the phone when I know I'm in a rough area.

Normally I drive to work and back....

Electronics / Re: SH heat gauge
« on: June 29, 2018, 10:30:22 AM »
I have an old phone permanently stuck to the window for this.
All i have to do is give it a klap(swipe to unlock), and then Torque is running.....

Tuning & Logging / Re: Tactrix Cable Owners
« on: June 29, 2018, 10:18:01 AM »
Ek weet nie van iemand nie, maar enige goeie "mechanic" met 'n OBD leser kan dit doen. Meeste werkswinkels(ACD,....) het so iets, party vra net 'n bietjie meer geld as ander.

Hierdie is nie bemarking vir ACD nie, hulle het my wel al gehelp in Brackenfell.

Introduction / Re: New owner - 2008 Forester XT
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:49:17 PM »
Lekker man. SG9 XT Facelift.

Nou moet jy hand in die sak steek en:

1) Lig hom
2) Sit AT bande op, vir die grondpaaie
3) Iemand anders kan hier aangaan...... (ek het nie 'n XT nie)

Net grappies,
Geniet hom soos jy wil

Electronics / Re: SH heat gauge
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:43:48 PM »
Easier option:
Buy OBDii / Bluetooth adaptor from Zasttra (Jhb ?)
Get (spare)Android Smartphone, download Torque (pay for the pro version, its less than ZAR100), and connect the 2. Set up the displays you want, as well as larms you want.

I have mine always on, with coolant temp alarm set at 100'C. It really makes a noise when that alarm goes off (if phone not on silent  ;) )

That's the cheapest/quickest way.

Tuning & Logging / Re: Tactrix Cable Owners
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:36:46 PM »
Ja, Qatar is ver, boodskappe vat seker maar lank om deur te gaan  ;D

Wat maak jy daar?

Al daai sand behoort mos 'n lekker plek te wees om met jou Fozzie te speel.

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