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  1. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hi All, I recently picked up an SG5 Forester XT. I'm loving it so far but today I came across a strange grinding sound from the right of the engine bay. I can only attribute this noise to the camshaft pulley or water pump area. I know it's a long shot but does anyone know what this noise is...
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  2. Interior and Electronics
    Where can I find good sound systems for an older jdm forester? It’s getting kind of old using the 12V Bluetooth adapter
  3. Engine and Exhaust
    Hi, I have broken the flange on my catalytic converter, a rock hit it and it broke. The exhaust is blowing, and it is very very loud. I want to get it replaced. It is very rusty too as its the original oem from 2004 so there isn't much material to weld it back together. No CEL have come up...
  4. Transmission and Driveline
    Hi! Can someone with experience of fitting an Sti 6MT into an FXT SG5/SG9 tell me if I need the outrigger diff mount brackets from an Impreza WRX Sti (cf. 2004-2007 SUBARU WRX STI DIFFERENTIAL MOUNT DIFF BRACKET SET LH/RH OEM | eBay) when installing the R180 rear diff using the rear subframe...
  5. Lighting and Electrical
    Finally got round to replacing the headlight lenses. Driver side needed a new ballast as well. Was fried from water getting in. Baked both headlights for 20mins at 115C, old sealant came out easy and resealed with fresh morimoto butyl. New pair of eyes went on no problem. Hoping the seals...
  6. Suspension and Handling
    Hi all, I was hoping to get some input regarding suspension options. I was intent on upgrading the suspension to something more street-friendly, but I recently got a permit to access a trail along the beach. I don’t plan on full-on mud running or rambling, but I’m trying to find the best setup...
  7. Engine and Exhaust
    Hi guys, I'm relatively new to Forester ownership. I have an 04 SG5 2.0 XT which I have just taken for it's first MOT since I've owned it and it failed on emissions. The previous owner fitted a decat so along with the usual service items I'm looking to fit a sports cat in it's place. I'm having...
  8. Lighting and Electrical
    Ok, I know what you all are going to say, I’m going to sound like a doofus, but I’m ok with that and I’m curious about this. I was looking online for cool/new headlights for my 07-08 forester. As I’m looking through it suggests 2011-13 Cherokee headlights. At first, I thought they were Forster...
  9. Interior and Electronics
    Hi Guys I'm still waiting for my JDM Forester 05' XT to land, but in the meantime doing research and looking to purchase what I would need to fix up the audio system and double din hutchs. Here's where it is at currently; So the top hutch has a tray and screen that is currently stored, and...
  10. General Troubleshooting and Technical Help
    Hello everyone! Just joined this forum and looking forward to all the healthy discussions. I have a 03 Forester XT 2.0 Turbo, I love the car but it does have its days. Recently, I noticed a strange sound coming from the front area especially when decelerating, it's almost like an alternator...
  11. Suspension and Handling
    So I've been looking around trying to find a post from someone that has a JDM SG5 and use coilovers made for a USDM SG5 but I cant seem to find anything, can anyone help me out? I've been looking at getting a set of BC Coilovers (BC Racing BR Series Coilovers (SG)) but before I spend $1k+ I want...
  12. Interior and Electronics
    I've scoured the forums here and elsewhere for an answer to this and I think I know what the issue is, but can't find a solution. Back story: I currently performed a full interior swap from an SG5 XT to my daily SG5 XS. Leather seats and black/grey interior is so much nicer than the tan/beige...
  13. EJ20 - 2.0L Turbocharged
    Hey everyone! I'm having issues with my jdm SG5 looking for advice before I bring her in. I parked the car for a month while waiting for brakes from japan. Now I'm driving it again to get to school. Runs and drives fine in city and hwy speeds untill I start climbing hills, I live in the...
  14. Sourcing Parts & Accessories
    Hello. I’m wondering if anybody would know about how compatible forester parts are between the 2011 Forester SH and the 2005 Forester XS SG5. I have an ‘05 now and was offered an ‘11 recently for parts $800(has motor issues). Just wondering if I’d be saving a whole lot of money having a newer...
  15. Lighting and Electrical
    Hey guys — new to the Forester Family and couldn’t be happier. Recently imported a 2.0 L cross sports turbo from Japan to Canada and didn’t realize the headlights were wired for HID. Unfortunately, the DOT headlights I purchased to replace them are halogens so they won’t work for the current...
  16. Forester project

    (not driving untill dyno tune is booked in) so dont give me poop for the current state of the vehicle lol. bit of a silly build but all for fun and knowledge growth! project so far as follows... stock apart from, k&n air filter STI intercooler Xforce catless bell mouth down pipe- 3"cattback...
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