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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-02-2011, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is the radiator support bolted or welded? (2001 Forester)

A friend rear ended someone and bent the radiator support. Hence considering getting rid of the vehicle, and I'm interested.

However I have not dealt with subarus nor do I have the vehicle near by to closely examine. After some internet searches with no results, I'm hoping someone could answer this question:

Is the whole radiator support piece welded or bolted to the rest of the frame/body? In most european vehicles it's bolted, but if I remember correctly all Toyotas (Japanese) are welded at least in some spots. So what's it like on a Subaru Forester?

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The core support is welded. How bad is it bent? you can get replacement "pieces" like the upper tie bar, lower, or left/right side headlight pocket pieces. If it isnt completely destroyed sometimes they can be fixed or only replace those parts of it.
To replace, it is not a really big job, but a body shop is the best unless you have access to those tools

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