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Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / Re: KYB shocks any good?
« on: March 19, 2015, 10:34:02 AM »
What are the part numbers they supplied you with for the shocks?
Front KYB shocks: 334468 and 334469. These turn out to be in their Excel G range. (Meant to be 'OE or better')

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Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / Re: KYB shocks any good?
« on: March 18, 2015, 03:22:48 PM »
On my 06 XT I did the lot.
Cannot use the XT springs as they sag too much if you are chucking the SLS out. So just do KYB and X springs. You will not look back.
There is nothing wrong with KYB in my opinion, considering the price.
Great! Thanks for the feedback. Yes; definitely can't use the SLS spring with new struts, must get the full strut and spring combo. I will be going the KYB route from the local HiQ. Thanks for the quick feedback.
Happy to close subject, unless I have any feedback on my impressions of the new shocks.
Ciao!

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Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / Re: KYB shocks any good?
« on: March 18, 2015, 12:32:01 PM »
The conversion I referred to was to take the old SLS strut and spring out and replace with new strut and spring as fitted to the SG9 X model. I don't think the OE spring will suffice, as it is quite a bit thinner?

Incidently, further research on the KYB site indicates that they do manufacture for Subaru (according to them, anyway), so they should be OK?

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Wheels, Tires and Brakes. / KYB shocks any good?
« on: March 18, 2015, 11:51:04 AM »
I am getting ready to replace the front shocks on my 2004 XT- Have done the conversion from SLS to standard X at the back about 10 000km ago. I have sourced KYB units at the local Hi Q fitment center and wondered if they are any good, or whether I should slavishly head off to the local agent for the OE stuff (at almost twice the price, once the R1100 excl is added for fitting)?

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Turbo Tech Chat / Back to the beginning!
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:16:44 PM »
OK, so I finally got hold of Pyro Performance and they had a look at all the possibly dodgy areas and gave my Foz a clean bill of health. Then they proceeded to retune the ECU to deal with the decatted exhaust and give lots of good advice. Julian ,of Pyro Performance, went out of his way to tune the ECU to my  satisfaction and spent several hours with me driving , resetting things  until I was happy with the feel of the car (always keeping within his  specifications to keep things safe and ensure no detonation). There was a  slight stutter on opening throttle that bugged me and he spent hours  working to solve it (all to do with more boost, less back pressure and  wastegate solenoid). They also supplied me with Liquimoly 10w60 for my next oil change. End result... Happy! Now I can go enjoy my FXT with peace of mind. Thanks Pyro!

( Not Julian's advice, but stuff I dealt with before going to Pyro)-If you have an '04 XT, remember that it has a cat in the up-pipe as well. Some exhaust places will not remove that, unless you point it out... it also adds quite a bit of the cost of the job, but that is the cat most likely to cause problems. It's possible that you will get an Exhaust gas temp sensor CEL pop up soon after that. Best is to ask the decatter to remove the sensor and put in a bolt to plug the hole and put a 2.2 Kilo Ohm resistor across the plug. Alternately, as happened to me as I only discovered this after the fact, do the resistor mod and leave the sensor in place (but unplugged)- the exhaust runs cooler at that point (no more cat), so it is fine to leave the disconnected sensor in place. It is only there to protect the cat, so is no longer required. (According to the various threads I read on other sites).

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Turbo Tech Chat / Back to the beginning!
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:31:32 PM »
OK, so I finally got hold of Pyro Performance and they had a look at all the possibly dodgy areas and gave my Foz a clean bill of health. Then they proceeded to retune the ECU to deal with the decatted exhaust and give lots of good advice. Julian ,of Pyro Performance, went out of his way to tune the ECU to my  satisfaction and spent several hours with me driving , resetting things  until I was happy with the feel of the car (always keeping within his  specifications to keep things safe and ensure no detonation). There was a  slight stutter on opening throttle that bugged me and he spent hours  working to solve it (all to do with more boost, less back pressure and  wastegate solenoid). They also supplied me with Liquimoly 10w60 for my next oil change. End result... Happy! Now I can go enjoy my FXT with peace of mind. Thanks Pyro!

( Not Julian's advice, but stuff I dealt with before going to Pyro)-If you have an '04 XT, remember that it has a cat in the up-pipe as well. Some exhaust places will not remove that, unless you point it out... it also adds quite a bit of the cost of the job, but that is the cat most likely to cause problems. It's possible that you will get an Exhaust gas temp sensor CEL pop up soon after that. Best is to ask the decatter to remove the sensor and put in a bolt to plug the hole and put a 2.2 Kilo Ohm resistor across the plug. Alternately, as happened to me as I only discovered this after the fact, do the resistor mod and leave the sensor in place (but unplugged)- the exhaust runs cooler at that point (no more cat), so it is fine to leave the disconnected sensor in place. It is only there to protect the cat, so is no longer required. (According to the various threads I read on other sites).

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General Chat / Pyro Performance praise
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:02:25 PM »
I agree too. Just been to them for an ECU retune after decatting at Powerflow Salt River. Fantastic attention to detail and commitment to customer needs. Julian spent several hours with me in the car, making adjustments to the power delivery (and a funny stutter on opening throttle) until I was happy. These guys know their Scoobies!

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Turbo Tech Chat / Advice needed- ensuring long term XT reliability...
« on: September 21, 2013, 10:21:24 AM »
Quote from: Rob;14200
Self leveling suspension also seems to be an issue bit most seem to replace with na shock and springs at the rear
Hi Rob
The old self levellers were shot when I got the car and would not have made RWC- I replaced them immediately with the baseline springs and shocks.

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Turbo Tech Chat / Advice needed- ensuring long term XT reliability...
« on: September 21, 2013, 10:18:43 AM »
Quote from: Veneficus;14195
The other Turbo specific issue was oil starvation to the Turbo due to the inline oil filter becoming blocked (on the banjo bolt)
to prevent this you just remove the little filter from the line (or clean it regularly)

Last thing that is a issue is the stupid plastic radiator top that seems to get cracked after couple of years

Thanks for the reply Venificus. My confidence in the (lovely) 'new' vehicle is returning. I have referred to the link you indicate and now know where to look for the banjo bolt filters.
The plastic radiator top had just gone before I took the car over (yes, I did check that fact out carefully!) and I was able to get it replaced with a Behr unit at Silverton's- seems to be pretty much the same radiator, for much less than SSA price. This is, unfortunately also a plastic topped unit, but should last for the years I will have the car for.

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Turbo Tech Chat / Advice needed- ensuring long term XT reliability...
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:34:49 AM »
Thanks Getafix, managed to contact Julian via watsapp and wil e-mail this eve. I have done the decatting already; wil have Pyro do the retune and ask about the other worries.

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Turbo Tech Chat / Advice needed- ensuring long term XT reliability...
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:04:34 AM »
Quote from: getafix;14175
Yip they are. I have just received my XT back from them.


Cool. Thanks, Getafix. How do I get hold of them? Any comments on the other queries I had, seeing as you own an XT too...?

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Turbo Tech Chat / Advice needed- ensuring long term XT reliability...
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:22:49 PM »
Picked up my '04 XT auto with 120 000km on the clock towards the end of last year. Service record indicates all services and oil changes done at the correct intervals or earlier, especially since 100K. I had the cats removed, as I understood that they would be getting beyond their reliability date and that the up-pipe cat in the earlier models could disintegrate and toast the turbo. It goes fine, but would probably get the best benefit from the decat with an ECU retune. A CEL came up after the decat and turned out to be the EGT sensor, which apparently only came with the models having the up pipe cat? A 2.2 Kohm resistor across the plug sorted that out, but the sensor should have been removed when the job was done. It runs much cooler now, without the cat (for which the sensor was there), so I doubt the sensor will be a problem staying in situ...
I have a long experience of non-turbo scoobies and their excellent reliability and assumed turbos to be the same. Some posts on this forum bear me out on this, but many USA sites have left me paranoid about the turbo failing at any moment... the sites claim mysterious blockage of in line oil filters (in the banjo bolts?) causing turbo failure. Do the SA models have this? is it a documented problem here? Have Subaru SA got anything in their service schedule to check this/ removed it already? Is it something I need to tend to as a matter of urgency, or is it non-subaru people bombing sites with sour grapes. Any advice or reassurance will ease my mind. I have always enjoyed my scoobies and really like the latest one, but there is always this nagging fear that something is waiting to go wrong... kinda spoils the fun!
Incidentally, does anyone know if Pyroperformance is still in business? I have tried to phone, e-mail and sms, to no avail. If not, is there any other reliable ECU tuner in Cape Town?

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Introduction / New to Forester, but not to scoobies!
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:51:22 AM »
Hi everyone.
After owning a '96 Legacy wagon from 190 to 222K on the clock, I moved to a newer '01 model, also second hand, but just after it's big 100K service. I had fantastic service from both cars, especially the later one, which gave no problems of any sort. I have always hankered after a Forester and found an '04 XTec on gumtree late last year. It had the right price and reasonably low km (117K) as well as a good dealer service record, so I took the plunge. Although most of the boxes were ticked, it was an auto... I have never had an auto before... It was in such good condition and drove so well that I decided to give it a try. So far so good! Had to replace radiator for a Behr unit and pulled the leaking self levellers at the back to replace with standard X setup (all from advice gained off this lovely forum).  Have just had all three cats removed by Powerflow Salt River and, once the ECU and autobox had recalibrated themselves, it is awesome. I use it mainly for longer trips to the family beach house, requiring some 200km on gravel, so the improved ride height is useful. I stick reasonably well to speed limit and find the turbo and  autobox make the trip superb and effortless. Gravel road calls for quite a bit of slowing down for oncoming traffic and speeding up again (reduces stone chip/ windscreen damage) and the auto has made this a pleasure. Looking forward to happy miles and love the forum!

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