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Hi all, just bought a 2007 cross sports SG5. Im looking for some info and advice, as you all seam very knowledgable and i feel like i have a lot to learn.

Im looking to get a few bits for the car, and im having difficulty finding parts being a JDM import, so i though i would ask for some help. (im away from home and my car for the next week and wanted to do some online shopping :) )

Firstly im in need of some new breaks, disks and pads. What would be the best options you suggest?
Secondly, exhausts.. iv been going over and over and over websites, have sent emails (very few have come back, and with no definitive answers), Everywhere i look either has for the UK models, or the FSTI . Hayward and Scott said the FSTI exhaust should fit , but wasnt a clear answer. Im not looking for something too loud, but something to help free up the flow and have a nicer sound than the standard quiet sound i have now. Iv found some in Japan, but the cost, plus the cost of shipping is pretty steep.

and lastly.. Has anyone managed to tune the Cross sports ECU , iv looked over the forums and not really found an answer?

Sorry for a lot of questions on my first post

 

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Thanks, i must have missed that post, I had already contacted said garage for the ECU and was waiting on their reply
 

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Welcome to the forum.

Alan has recently bought a cross-sport as well, so has already gone through some of your questions, may be a valuable source of info!

Tom.
 

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Exhaust-find out what sort your has. Three piece or four. Get under it to find out. Subaru used what was lying around in the factory.

If three piece then the centre section is a classic Impreza length and will fit. If four piece then a new age shorter length.
Backbox will fit from an Impreza but will be recessed in behind the bumper and you might have to re weld one of the exhaust hangers. The backbox is pretty much universal so any forester specific one will fit.

I’ve got a Haywood and Scott mid section and backbox in 2.5 inch resonated flavour. It’s nice and subtle and makes a decent sound. Not too loud and not at all boomy on motorway speeds.


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Also check out ICP for parts. They do oem parts for import cars. I got my discs, oil filters, wheel bearings and cv gaters from them. They’re quite reasonable too price wise.




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Welcome Richard. I would write an electronic mail to Alyn at AS performance regarding new brakes , he wont sell you anything you don't need but I also agree ICP car parts are cracking company if you can understand their regional dialect . I was on the phone to them this morning …… spending.
 

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Exhaust-find our what sort your has. Three piece or four. Get under it to find out. Subaru used what was lying around in the factory.

If three piece then the centre section is a classic Impreza length and will fit. If four piece then a new age shorter length.
Backbox will fit from an Impreza but will be recessed in behind the bumper and you might have to re weld one of the exhaust hangers. The backbox is pretty much universal so any forester specific one will fit.

I’ve got a Haywood and Scott mid section and backbox in 2.5 inch resonated flavour. It’s nice and subtle and makes a decent sound. Not too loud and not at all boomy on motorway speeds.


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Thanks for the information . I dont suppose you have a video somewhere of your forester and its sound
 

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Thank you all for the updates. Cant take a look under mine as of yet, as i =m stuck out on an oil rig in the north sea, managed to figure out what size discs and pads i need, now just need to figure out which ones to get.
 

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Welcome to the Club. It used to be the £50 Club a while ago inflation! AS per your request, PM sent. Its hard work getting into the Cross Sports ECU, if you look at DONS KOP link to my fun it answers all your queries. Just get all mods done first and not like me and have 2 trips to the boys. Great Bacon BAPS! Is it an Auto? if so, just look at the points I have mentioned about not showing true figures. Best of luck, great motors. ATVB. Alan
 

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Alan, i pretty much have the same as you, even down to the the color by the looks of it, iv replied to your PM. Thanks for the information

Supacool, thanks for the videos

As for the 60 club .. yeah already been there with the audio head unit upgrade
 

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Hi All, thanks for the information all of you.

EBC rotors and pads, new air filter ordered.

Next to find a high flow exhaust and a bigger intercooler.

Ughh this was supposed to be my cheap runabout
 

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Welcome to the forum

Sounds like someone needs some justification :grin2:

Brakes are safety items, better brakes = better safety ;)

High flow exhaust and intercooler are just improving efficiency of the engine = Using less fuel and less stress on the engine as it is now outputting more power so less strain on it when you drive, improving longevity of the engine >:)

Same for forged wheels = Lighter alloys = better fuel efficiency - Some designs might even be more aero dynamic than factory wheels

Tints require less cooling = Less fuel used by running the Air Con.

Edit: I used EBC Bluestuff NDX pads on my Forester and have been very happy with them - They've lasted a huge amount of miles too. I use Brembo OEM or Brembo Sport Grooved Discs so can't comment on the EBC discs.
 

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I don't know what a cross-sport is but an STI turbo rear muffler is not a straight bolt on for a non-turbo. The turbo muffler thick rod hangers at the rear of the muffler are lower. The exhaust pipe flange at the front is at a different angle and the steel rod support welded to the pipe is too short. (note that the pipe diameter is larger but the flange the same)

The two lower rear support rod problem can be overcome by buying two longer rubber hangers that hold the exhaust system in the middle of the car. They are a perfect match for the different height. An exhaust shop would either cut the pipe off your old muffler and weld it onto to turbo muffler. In this way the flange and support rod would not have to be changed. If not they would cut & rotate the flange and change the rod somehow.
 

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I don't know what a cross-sport is but an STI turbo rear muffler is not a straight bolt on for a non-turbo. The turbo muffler thick rod hangers at the rear of the muffler are lower. The exhaust pipe flange at the front is at a different angle and the steel rod support welded to the pipe is too short. (note that the pipe diameter is larger but the flange the same)

The two lower rear support rod problem can be overcome by buying two longer rubber hangers that hold the exhaust system in the middle of the car. They are a perfect match for the different height. An exhaust shop would either cut the pipe off your old muffler and weld it onto to turbo muffler. In this way the flange and support rod would not have to be changed. If not they would cut & rotate the flange and change the rod somehow.
Being new to Subaru and to Foresters i dont know what one to compare it to, Its an SG5 so 2 ltr , with Turbo, JDM model. Its suspension is slightly lower than standard. Seams to share a lot of parts with the Sti and the standard models. Lower BHP than sti.

Iv talked to a few places for full exhausts and still havent been given a straight answer what will and wont fit. As i have read else where, the Cross sports seams to be a bit of an oddball model.

 
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