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Attempted to figure out the rear squeaking/clunking again today. Went to two local shops, my usual mechanic and a Subaru specialist, both told me they didn't know what was causing the squeak/clunk after both performing thorough inspections. Was feeling like I'd never figure it out and then came across this post by @dpm. Similar to their comment "could also force it by grabbing the roofrail and rocking the car" I can get the squeak to happen by doing the same thing. Albeit it sounds a little more like a click from the outside but opening the rear door and having my head inside the car while rocking the car I do hear the original sound.

When I had the rear lower control arms replaced I don't believe that the bushing where the LCA connects to the hub was replaced on either side so this could definitely be the culprit as the car's rear weight rest on these bushings.

Part numbers for the Rear Control Arm Bushing(Pillow-Ball Style) at the hub: 20257XA000
If I decide to just replace the hub assembly which comes with the bushings installed, though I can't confirm that the included bushing is a pillow-ball style bushing:
Right Hub assembly part # 28411SC001
Left Hub assembly part # 28411SC011

Can anyone confirm that they have installed the 20257XA000 bushing on a SH forester? Subaru website list application list MY 09-10 & 14-20 but skips 11-13. But other sites list MY09-20 as the application years. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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Start small... replace your sway bar bushings... and end links while your at it. That's were my clunking was coming from. Replacing the hubs means buying new wheel bearings for sure and any other bushing your destroy trying to get that old hub off.

EDIT: I found your other post with your suspension upgrades. I would go shocks and top hats next. There's bearings in the top hats that can go bad and a metal spacer that's supposed to be greased that sits between the top perch and top hat. Over the years the grease disappears. You said you can hear the clunk while rocking the car with your head inside. That being said the rear top shock mounts are just behind the passenger seat.
 

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Thanks @Syphers47 I've been looking at replacing the struts & springs just due to the age/mileage of my Forester so I appreciate you providing the info regarding the top hats! Especially that there is metal spacer that sits between the top hat and top perch as every once in a while it sounds like metal on metal rubbing(a less abrasive version of nails on a chalk board). So I'm hoping that's the source. Thanks again!
 
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