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General Chat / Re: change from tire size 215/55/17 to 225/60/17
« Last post by Arriewarrie on July 17, 2019, 10:46:29 AM »
Thank you guys, your replies is much appreciated, I did have one tire fitted to see if fully turned it touches, and low and behold it does, but very slightly, could grind some of the plastic inner lining away. With regards to clearance between tire and strut, also very small. Can imagine the ride will be more comfortable.
 I will keep you posted, pretty sure I am going to fit them. General Grabbers AT @ R 1850.00 per tire.

Cheers
Arnaud 
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General Chat / Re: change from tire size 215/55/17 to 225/60/17
« Last post by Veneficus on July 17, 2019, 06:34:16 AM »
I had couple of different sized ones on mine
Use to have 225/55/r17's
Then went to 225/50R17 (the tire place did not have 55 and this was not nice)

Then wanted to go to 225/60R17's but could not get the 225/60's easily so went down to 215/60R17 which I am on now

Size compared to the 225/55R17's is slightly bigger rotation
But the 215/60's is working great only
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General Chat / Re: change from tire size 215/55/17 to 225/60/17
« Last post by berndp on July 16, 2019, 08:27:01 AM »
Hi, in theory, handling will be affected due to the higher profile, you go from a 118mm high rubber between rim/road to 135mm
However, assuming you use an AT tire, the sidewalls are stiffer than a normal road tire, so whether you will feel any difference on normal roads is very debatable, unless you on track.
The bigger tires will give you that extra 17mm lift, and a more comfy ride.

You would probaly not be able to fit those tires with adding spacers between the rim & hub, or use a different offset rim, due to limited space between tire and strut, but I can't say for sure. I have 215/60 tires, and there is not a lot of space left at the rear struts.
Also, you can expect some rubbing at the front when you fully turn the steering, and at the back on the fuel filler pipe protective cover. That is, if you have no (shock)lifters fitted...
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General Chat / change from tire size 215/55/17 to 225/60/17
« Last post by Arriewarrie on July 15, 2019, 05:42:24 PM »
Hi,

I have some difficulty in getting the correct information with regards to the feasibility in changing tire size from 215/55/17 to the a new size 225/60/17 that will  better to travel on gravel roads and now and then the off the beaten track, I would like to know does the bigger tire negatively impact handling of the car (2007 Forester 2.5 XT)

Looking forward to your feedback.

Regards
Arnaud
 
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General Chat / Re: SG9 Foresters and drive shafts/CV joints
« Last post by Veneficus on July 11, 2019, 01:54:04 PM »
Yep completely replaced the front with new inner and outer CV's and the set was completely pre assembled
No need to connect inner and outer units with each other

What my order included
SURTRACK/TRAKMOTIVE SB8040  x2 Full CV half shafts
MEVOTECH MES3712 x2 steering tie rod ends
BECK/ARNLEY 1015179  x2 front stabilizer end links
MEVOTECH CMS801045 x1 control arm rear front unit
ACDELCO 45K18050 x 2 Alignment Caster / Camber Cam Bolt Kit

Total cost $312.38
Then had to pay another +- R900 in SA taxes at the time
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General Chat / Re: SG9 Foresters and drive shafts/CV joints
« Last post by MikeH on July 11, 2019, 11:25:11 AM »
That`s really good value!  I assume that by ordering two half-shafts - you have effectively replaced all front (inner and outer) CV joints with new?
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Introduction / Re: Hullooo!
« Last post by JPC on July 11, 2019, 09:27:57 AM »
New to this forum, but driving Scooby's since 2005.  On my third Fozzie now, love it!  Based in Centurion.

SimonDP - blast  from the past, we use to chat quite a bit on the SOCSA forum many years ago.....hope you are well.

Welcome to the forum and enjoy!

Ah yes,  SOCSA times, when it was good, back in the day....

and before the SOCSA forum, the mailing list..... ;D ;D ;D
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Introduction / Re: Hullooo!
« Last post by SimonDP on July 11, 2019, 09:20:57 AM »
New to this forum, but driving Scooby's since 2005.  On my third Fozzie now, love it!  Based in Centurion.

SimonDP - blast  from the past, we use to chat quite a bit on the SOCSA forum many years ago.....hope you are well.

Welcome to the forum and enjoy!

Ah yes,  SOCSA times, when it was good, back in the day....
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General Chat / Re: SG9 Foresters and drive shafts/CV joints
« Last post by Veneficus on July 11, 2019, 07:39:43 AM »
For future reference if you order new half shafts rather use Rockauto . com
These are not Chinese quality units

I ordered 2 front half shafts and other components and it cost me about R5500 and that included delivery and taxes

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General Chat / SG9 Foresters and drive shafts/CV joints
« Last post by MikeH on July 10, 2019, 06:08:32 PM »
I drive a 2008 XT Forester which has around 120k on the clock.  Recently, while on the south coast, I noticed a shudder under moderate load and acceleration - it reminded me of an out of balance washing machine.  I asked the agents in Gauteng to check it out when it was serviced and they cleaned the MAF sensor and declared the car fit for use. The problem of course was still there and grew progressively worse and was more prominent as the car got hotter.  I knew that diagnosis would be difficult and the long list included engine (fuel or ignition), worn engine or gearbox mountings, out of balance flywheel, worn universal joint on the prop-shaft or worn CV joints.

I phoned the workshop manager at Subuaru Pietermaritzburg (should have had the car serviced there) who was very helpful and suggested that the likely culprit was the driver`s side inner CV joint which is affected by the heat of the downpipe and turbo which affects the service life of the rubber boot.  He suggested that I have the CV joints checked out either in Pietermarizburg or at a garage on the south coast where there are no Subaru agents unfortunately.   To save myself a 4 hour round trip to PMB, I opted to go to a local tyre place which deals with CV joints amongst other things.  They confirmed that the culprit was indeed the driver`s side inner CV joint.  I had no choice but to order a new drive shaft from the agents at nearly R10k.  The part was fitted and halleluja - the problem  was back as soon as the car had warmed up on the freeway!  Back to the tyre place which suggested that I have the prop shaft checked out at a local Marburg workshop (Hibiscus PropShaft & CV Joints).  A few seconds after arriving, the proprietor (Justin) clambered under the car and waggled the passenger side driveshaft, declaring the inner CV joint shot.   Amazing coincidence to have two inner CV joints fail concurrently and potentially another R10k in costs for a new drive shaft!

Justin asked to look at the old driver`s side shaft which I had fortunately kept.  He reckoned that there was nothing wrong with it!  I had him remove the boot and check the joint before re-greasing.  No wear, no problem at all!  Fortunately the left and right side drive shafts are the same on this model so my old driver`s side shaft was fitted to the passenger side.  Problem gone!

Here`s the clincher - one is faced with either buying a new drive shaft from Subaru or importing Chinese parts of questionable quality when a CV joint fails on a Forester.  Justin refurbished my old passenger side joint which had hardly any grease in it leading to the failure in the first place (agent had replaced the clamp a couple of years previously and clearly not checked and re-greased the joint).  This involved welding one of the lobes, grinding it, and fitting new roller bearings.  Total costs for replacing the shaft and refurbishing the faulty joint - R1,250!  So next time any of you have a failed CV joint, instead of shelling out for a new drive shaft, have a word with Hibiscus Prop Shaft and CV joints (+27 39 685 4422).  Could have saved R11k if I`d been wiser! 
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