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Old 10-07-2013, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

According to Cars101.com [the Subaru site], they say this:

"new, Touring model only front brake pad return spring to reduce brake drag"

So, can we put that spring on lesser models [Premium, base, Limited]?

Anyone have any info on this spring? Pics?

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2011 Subaru Forester- specs, images, details, prices
Scroll down about 3/4 of the way down, just past the "PZEV" info in the "Specificaitons...." section.
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My 2012 service manual contains illustrations and text describing the disk brake pads with integrated return springs (ref pages BR-12 and -13).

The part number for the front pads kit is 26296SC011, which applies to all 2010-13 Foresters produced after June, 2010 (ref www.subarupartsforyou.com).

The part number for the front pads kit for SH Foresters produced up through April 2010 is 26296FG010.

My thinking is that all U.S. Foresters (and perhaps others) -- regardless of trim level -- produced after June 2010 have the front pads with the integrated return springs.

I haven't visually verified this on my '12 Forester Premium; I'll try to remember to do this when I install the winter tire set.

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Old 10-07-2013, 12:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, Crewzer. For all our sake, I hope you remember, too :) I will try and look around through my wheels later today.

I am not really sure I see a performance gain, except increased longevity of the front brake pads themselves. Which, would be nice :)
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Interesting thread. You know, I was just recently shopping for brake parts for my 2003 2.5x, and one of the things I noticed in my travels is that Raybestos recommends the use of their "Brake Pad Drag Reduction Clips," in each of their pad offering's pages. Here's the one that fits '03 and others: Product - Raybestos Brakes

I can't help but wonder if this is not essentially the same thing you're discussing here. If it is, I'd have to say you can use the Subbie clips on all models that cross the same years as Raybestos recommends their clips for all models premium or not.

I have my new (Centric) pads and rotors, but I haven't hung them yet as I'm witing on a banding tool I need to repair a torn boot on one of my half shafts and want to do it all at the same time. Maybe I'll consider a set of these Raybestos clips as well just to see how they work.

I guess if the clips are somehow "integrated" on your later model Fozzies, this information I've provided is pretty moot. {shrug} I hope it's relevant in some way though.
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Good post! I will have to inquire at some point....when I remember to lol....at the parts counter at my local subaru dealership about the clips.

Speaking of which....Crewzer, did you see these?Did you put your winter tires on?
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Hey... I remembered!

Winter tire and wheel set went on today... OEM front brakes on our 2012 Forester Premium have the return spring (see bottom of caliper bracket):



HTH, Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels!
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Rock on, Crewzer! Thanks!!
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