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Hi folks,

Am back after quite an absence.

I owned a 2001 SF S Turbo a few years back and was fairly active on here with that car, but due to circumstance changes I didnt end up owning the car too long and it got sold.

Missed it ever since and hoped one day I might end up getting another, but honestly wanting a decent SG or SH XT next time around (love the SF as a plaything but didnt want to daily another one) the relative cost of buying a good one and the associated running costs (in the main immense road tax and not great fuel economy) it rather put me off. Through a bit of a twist of fate though it's happened!

After a couple of years of running around in a very good (if a little beige) 2005 A3 2.0 FSi Sportback which Ive been thinking about moving on anyway, the opportunity arose to buy a fairly tidy SG 2.0 XT manual off my brother in law. Having just bought a fairly heavily modified SF Stb this one was surplus to requirement and I just thought why not!

Its a late 2003 registered car, 5 speed manual (my SF was a 4EAT so quite a nice change) in silver. 145k miles, is for the age and miles very good condition, good history - appears to be a period of miles missing in later years but clearly has been well cared for over the years - came with all the books including an original Forester SG sales brochure from the period which is quite cool. Since my brother in laws had it, hes done alot of maintenance on it (full service, belt and water pump, new rad) including fitting a H&S centre section and (I gather quite rare) Fujisubo rear section. Looks cool and isnt particularly loud either.

I've determined its a MY04 (so has inlet AVCS), so isnt a terrible base for a remap, it could do with some better tyres on it, the rear suspension is tired (usual beginnings of sag) and needs replacing and I reckon the clutch is probably past its best (its bloody heavy with an unusual bite).

Ive decided Im just going to run it for the time being, maybe doing some little jobs on it and in time doing something about the suspension and tyres but it'll definitely have questions to ask at some stage!
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Hopefully good news chaps, looks most likely to be a failed fuel pump....guess it making it to 145k miles is a relative achievement!

Ive therefore bought a Walbro 255 to put in it, which I figure might help down the line should I tune it 馃槈. Fingers crossed she'll be back in the coming days!

Courtesy of the AA I have a newish Corsa for a few days, actually a very pleasant little car apart from being monumentally slow :ROFLMAO:
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Car is back up and running again with the fresh pump and tank filter bag, also with the new Hankook tyres. All being well may see her again tomorrow (y)
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Car seems great, definitely feels perkier so can only imagine the pumps been on its way out since I had it.

Interestingly the pump was still running, but appeared it had lost the ability to actually pump (sludge, impellers knackered)....I did always wonder why it primed so quietly 馃槅

Hankook Prime 4's made a huge difference too, rain for days last night and grip was really good. Once I get the suspension sorted ill be quite happy I think!

UK guys, anyone got/can recommend a decent but not too expensive Y pipe replacement? I used SF Performance before but of the kit they sell I recall only the Y pipe fitted my old facelift SF.

If anyone has a Prodrive one knocking around they'd like to let go for "good bottle of whiskey" level tokens id be most grateful!!!
Noticed yesterday that I have the start of the typical rear door shut rust on the sills, where the door seals dont protect them which was a bit gutting, but to be expected of a 145k mile, 20 year old Subaru I guess. Structurally seems solid though and I think Ive caught it in fairly good time and expect its probably nothing compared to similar aged examples!

For now Ive liberally applied a couple of coats of Kurust to it and will keep an eye. I envisage its been like it a long old while and probably not progressing very quickly but I guess im gonna look to take the sill covers off at some stage and see how the sills are in general.

Following the welding it had for the rear shock tower, it flew through the last MOT with no advisories so Im sure they are fine but you never know.

Ill be honest, its such a good example on the whole that I'd like to get anything like that sorted and undercoated.....just the costs likely to be prohibitive....we shall see!

Still on the hunt for a Y pipe....also what are peoples opinions on snorkel removal and panel filters. I did fit a Pro R to my old SF but cant say it did much, the Y pipe I noticed much more. I contemplated snorkel removal on that car but sold it before I got the chance. I think a snorkel removal will add a bit of intake noise but assume there are likely some downsides (intake temp increase possibly). Opinions welcomed!!

Also.....does anyone on here have a good TD04 they might be willing to let go for reasonable money......I have it in mind to map it eventually, but now thinking I might TD04 it on the stock map for a short time then get it mapped with that. I cant help but think a mapped TF035 will be nice with low lag and decent low end punch, but the possibility of being able to make higher 200's is definitely a draw......
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If you do the snorkusectomy make sure you create a ring gasket to seal the airbox to the inner bulkhead so air is drawn in from the upper inner wing area - rather than pulling hottish air from the engine bay. Also removing the original rubber seal from the air box inlet increases the air intake diameter, plus fitting the fender plug fills the other hole.

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So I done the snorkus delete the other day and noticed no difference whilst travelling the mile to work. Took her to town today and felt her cut out now and again. Thought to myself I'd better turn back. Got home quickly refitted the snorkus and started the journey to town again. All was good car felt fine and no cutting out whilst getting there but while sitting at traffic lights she cut out and wouldn't start.
Pushed her round the corner with the help from a young lad who I flung a tenner at once we got her in a safe place so I could further investigate.
No error codes, checked fuel pump connections as couldn't hear it prime, checked relay as it sounded funny unplugged and plugged back in. Tried to start and the relay just clicked like mad (even with the key off and out).
Left the car for a few mins whist I tidied up and tried to start her.... She wanted to go but kept cutting out, eventually she started and idled kinda but with no increase in revs when I gave the accelerator a push.
Plugged in my JOBD reader and saw 4 codes ( I wish I noted them) one did read throttle position etc, so I cleared them, switched her off, waited 10 secs and started her again and she ran fine.... I promptly drove home.
What the freak was that all about? 馃槼

Sorry for the thread hijack but just thought @don1952 may be able to help with what went on.

Edit... I'll start my own thread on this.
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Loving the car, since sorting out the rad cap issue and fuel pump its not using any coolant, not using so much oil and it definitely drives better (smoother).

Next big mechanical thing to sort is the rear suspension. I plan to get a full set of KYB Excel rear shocks and heavy duty springs for it and have them fitted soonest, i'll then look to renew the fronts in the same way down the road. I however want to get an oil and filter change and the gear and diff oils all renewed first as its done c 6k miles since its service late last year and I dont suspect its had the gear and diff oils done any time recently.

One big issue I did have was wind noise coming from the passenger side mirror gusset. It was horrendous and would appear at low speeds and when there was little to no wind. Ive sinced fixed it....transpires it just needed reshaping so liberal use of a hammer onto a folded cloth on the gusset inside and out enough to close the seal gap and its golden again. Just need to remind people not to close the doors by the windows lol. Anyone suffering the same, just let it be known you dont need to change the gussets, just get a hammer to them (though of course be careful!)

In my search for a y pipe, I have ended up buying a full early newage WRX (off a 2002 bugeye) tmic from eBay, as it was v cheap considering it came with a prodrive y pipe (pipe alone seems to be selling used alone for 2 - 3 times the price)....it also comes fitted with a bailey bov - wish it had the stock item but beggars cant be choosers! As the IC is basically what is fitted to stock Fsti's, I may well look to get it fitted, along with a OE bov though I may just burgularise the pipe and part off the rest......decisions decisions......if anyone has a suitable recirc bov they want to let go of let me know!

The tweeter kit I ordered from the dealers still hasnt turned up, so the wait for those continues. I think I'll look to replace the headunit for something half reasonable with bluetooth phone/streaming connectivity (not overly bothered about DAB)....just want something that can be set up to match the dash colour wise and doesnt look like something out of a fun fair 馃榾
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Removed the snorkus just now......jesus its quite a pain to do but as others have said it can be done just by pulling the arch liner down and having the wheels on full right lock. Lower bolt the biggest challenge as lacking tools I had to resort to the smallest freebee 10mm spanner to get it undone which took some doing!

I was on the fence on this one (know people have mixed views on the benefits) but I wanted more intake noise and thought what the heck, the bolt holding my ram air scoop (if thats the right term for it as IMHO ram air my a$s) bolt had sheered so it was held on with a zip tie anyway.

At the moment Ive ducktaped the snorkus hole under the bonnet up from the inside and also tore out the rubber lip on the air box entry (it wouldnt come out in one piece). Its just pulling straight from the arch hole at the moment, will look to stick a bit of silicone pipe and a cheap velocity stack of some sort at some stage probably, but as the original scoop seemed to pull air in straight from under the bonnet (and I cant imagine the snorkus really does that much to lower IATs) and by all accounts there is a form of velocity stack in the stock airbox Im gonna see how it goes for now. Might stick a washable cotton panel in, but again in two minds.

Revving it on the driveway, its definitely alot louder and not sure if its just me but the exhaust seems to be a bit more keen to pop and burble a little.....anyway a bit of sunday afternoon fun to sample a bit later on 馃憤
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Well am happy to report that the snorkus removal so far has proven to be a very positive thing and worth the hassle to pull out!

Each to their own but I rather like the increase in intake noise, which isnt obtrusive at all (not actually that noticable), but its the added turbo spool and wastegate noise thats there now is really quite nice. Before you could barely tell apart from how it went that it was turbocharged, now you can and I like it.....not exactly under the radar stuff as it wooshes and chuffs a gooden now but its all good in my book.

Interestingly Ive been monitoring intake temps at the MAF and on the move regardless of the ambient temperature its only ever 2 to 3 degrees c above which accounting for underbonet warmth is not bad at all. Something I noticed upon removing the snorkus is that unlike the WRXs (which get a rather wide front intake scoop that pulls from the front), the 2.0XT makes so with a much smaller intake that pulls from the engine bay between the rad and drivers side headlamp. Thinking about it logically, your probably pulling warm air from under the bonnet much of the time as theres probably not all that much ram air effect on it on the move....also i cant imagine the air will cool at all through the snorkus either.....not saying Subaru didnt design it for a reason and am no expert in fluid dynamics, but it not being there anymore I feel is only a good thing.

Butt dyno wise, not alot of change of course though I have really noticed that its now definitely keener to rev in the higher rev range (before much past 5.5k it felt really strangled) and whilst power still tails off (as its 5.6k peak) it definitely revs stronger and keener towards the red. Even better, Ive noticed the car hardly bucks under acceleration like it used to (unless you were very particular about throttle input) and has smoothed things out no end, definitely sharpened overall throttle response as well.

So, a success Id say!

Something I am going to look at is if I can better seal the airbox inlet against the bulkhead, gaps minimal and having little effect from what I can tell but I do have an old tailgate rubber from a R52 Mini Convertible I used to have....thoughts are that cut correctly it might act as a decent seal for the airbox against the bulkhead....need to get a bit of time to play around to see if it'd work!

Also ordered the engine bay blanking panel which should be here in the coming days, so the duck tape can come out.
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I'm still baffled why this didn't work out for me. I heard no increase in intake noise, nor spool as hear those anyway plus the fact she's no cat and straight through to back box could be why as she's quite loud when pushed.
Glad all is working out well for yah bud 馃ぉ
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I'm still baffled why this didn't work out for me. I heard no increase in intake noise, nor spool as hear those anyway plus the fact she's no cat and straight through to back box could be why as she's quite loud when pushed.
Glad all is working out well for yah bud 馃ぉ
Yeah cheers mate, makes no sense to me either! Do you think it could be tune related at all (as yours is mapped)?
Yeah cheers mate, makes no sense to me either! Do you think it could be tune related at all (as yours is mapped)?
I just don't know.. It may even have been something else it was related to.
I've done a fair few trips round the Highlands and she's never skipped a beat and has run sweet. I even got 197miles to half a tank of M99 with about 3mm before the empty line.
It has just baffled me.

Did you manage to get an inner wing plug btw as I've got one here you can have as I'll not be doing the snorkus delete again.
Its a real pain that mate, makes no sense at all does it?!

Ive ordered a plug from a dealer and it should be in the post so all good ta 馃憣

Fitted the prodrive Y pipe tonight, fit wasnt 100% perfect and I think its ever so slightly twisted/kinked towards the turbo cold side outlet (came off a newage WRX, but it seemed to come up a touch short to the turbo once the intercooler was back in place so just had to make it work). She drives well though, seems smoother still and I think Im seeing more consistently held boost.....I cant help but think my old Y pipe was probably split/leaking somewhere under all that foam s4!te lol
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Why didn't you use the WRX TMIC you got with the deal? It may have fitted the Y pipe better and gave you more length to the turbo.
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Well [email protected] could be an even shorter run than last time!

Missus and I had for a while been toying with the idea of getting a camper conversion, as we have three young kids and two dogs (and arent urinating cash) we don't get to get away abroad much like we have done years gone by so thought it'd be a nice way of seeing a bit more of the UK, as well as Europe. Anyway, in rather a twist of fate (really was a quick-buck decision I had no idea id be making pre the weekend), Ive since put a deposit down on a rather nice 2008 Toyota Alphard with a kitchen and pop top conversion and given the cost involved sadly somethings got to give and that would be the Foz 馃槩

Genuinely gutted as if I could in any way justify it id be keeping it, but running costs alone it aint workable.

I'll therefore be putting it up for sale ASAP, willing to give someone on here 1st dibs at a good price before I look to chuck it on FB Marketplace or AT if its of interest to anyone. Certainly for its year and miles its a bloody nice example. Feel free to IM me if you want to know more!
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I believe TRD made a supercharger kit for the Alphard if you got the V6 engine.

Quickest kitchen around ;)
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I believe TRD made a supercharger kit for the Alphard if you got the V6 engine.

Quickest kitchen around ;)
2.4 unfortunately, probably just as well for the MPG tho 馃槅
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