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Hi all just got a 2000 forester turbo with 109k on the clock and a bit of history up till 97k when cam belt was changed.
Did a bit of rallying 85 till 88 LADA challenge (don’t laugh) then also worked from then with Paul Dyas doing open championship and RAC rally till the end of FWD. so I do know a bit about the old cars not these new things.
So I need your help, I have spoken to Steve about rear springs/struts change over but any info would help where to get them from (west midlands) and the height it will give me I need STD height no lower.
Also have a little crunch of gear going in to third hope G/Box oil chance will help
But I also have a G/Box oil leak from front of box between eng and box and it is G/box
Oil only a drip also only getting 20mpg (no lead foot) well not yet. So I have bone nothing to it yet any ideas
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He mis-spelt - he meant snail.


Do we not have that 'hiding behind the sofa' icon here?

Oh well this one will do :catfight:

Or this one :N_poke:
 

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S-turbo should have self levelling suspension (lime green struts) these will cost you an arm and a leg from a main stealer (only source).

Most people fit the non SLS rear from an N/A or use the springs with new non SLS struts, KYB's are the most common (they make the originals for Subaru) and Car Parts and Car Accessories - Buy Parts By seems the cheapest source in the UK.

If you have an 00MY (Ignition coil pack on the top of the manifold) then the recirc valve is almost certainly leaking by now, although it can be fixed for no cost by removing and blocking the vac' pipe to the port nearest the intercooler

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Thanks all,
So no one yet got any idea about my G/box leak then mind you it is Friday I presume I will get more reply’s after pub don’t know if that’s good or bad, Si thanks about the pipe bit I will check tomorrow, I have one green strut and one black one, (see a nail) but with a bit of work it will be ok (I hope) full leather got all the gizmo’s apart from ankle ache tool (cruse).£1700. Anyway back to rallying as Paul is 50 this year and we finishing a mark2 pinto escort just for one last outing the first is Weston Park this march I think Ricky Evens (Peugeot BTRDA fame) will be at the helm at this one, as for Paul we don’t now yet. So back to the nail
Anyone who as done strut change over what height do you end up with think from center of wheel to arch should be 17 1/2 inch mine is 15 1/2 too low I will have no rear diff left in forest so need STD height.
See u later
Cheers Jack (O and the clock is bost as well)
 

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Rear trim height (wheel centre to bottom of arch) should be 17.13in with non SLS, 16.73in with SLS.

Clearly if the black strut is using an SLS spring, then the spring will be far to soft!

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Yes that KYB rear spring should give you the circa 17.13" trim height (its plus/minus about 15mm I think is the tolerance quoted).

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Hi its deffo the strut but both are sitting at 14.1/4" so I am 3.1/4" short so you see my problem. also Rookie I do have Ignition coil pack on the top of the manifold so going to check that pipe out should this improve my MPG. I have also just got one of them *** import s/s 3" exhaust as back box is losing its coat. It’s a jasma 001 so should not be to loud I hope.
 

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going to check that pipe out should this improve my MPG.
Its the valve that leaks (boost back into the intake) not a pipe, and no, it won't improve fuel economy as its meant to be open (so 'leaking' a lot) at part throttle anyway.

You realise that an Impreza backbox is not a straight fit I trust?

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So whys that I have placed it under car and all brackets look the same and it’s the same length. It’s in three parts there is no second sender in my exhaust also not in new one.
So what’s the problem I will be encountering? Also I have noticed a little hesitating when accelerating, from reading this it’s probably the o2 censer (I presume) which one do I get and from where please
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You'll find it will 'probably' come up short right at the tailpipe, and will sit too high. Nothing that a welder can't sort for a drink.

Hesitating could be the o2 sensor (in the downpipe after the turbo) , you need a 3 wire. I might have one kicking about but you will have to crimp the wires as a 'mechanic' of the geezer I lent it to just cut it off.....

or the MAF sensor in the intake. 80 quid bit from a main stealer ( my99/00 had a fragile one and at 100k+ it's equally likely to be that )
 

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Brian Ashley at Walsall will sort it for me think he trades under john Ashley exhaust
Got the whole thing for about £80 off eBay.
what are these cheap chip things you see for sale on eBay I know the magnets do nothing also the metal air twisting turbo wrecker does nothing ether I have got to service it yet but still only getting 20mpg I was getting 21 that out of my 3ltr auto surf and they are going the same speed
 

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Forget the cheap chip things they just make fuel economy worse....its a resistor in the inlet temp wiring to mkae the ECU think its colder and its meant to make it add fuel (like it needs any more!) and ignition advance to add power, doesn't work!

I average about 24mpg out of mine, low twentys is normal, but a flat 20mpg is low.

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Well I am going to have to wait till warmer weather comes as all of my old garage mates have now closed down sold or retired (and I am to tight to pay the others) so its back to the old days of D.P.C. that’s driveway performance centre to you and me first job will be rear struts I will let you all know how it go’s
PS thanks for all the advice see you all soon.
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Well that did not last long.
Right just off the phone with ForesterSubaruSpares Bilston west midlands I asked him about the KYB struts from sls to none sls before I spend my £230 I asked him what they are like and his reply was don’t wast you money as they sit to low. Now ether he don’t know what he is on about or the people on here don’t know what they are on about or they ordered the wrong bits. I am backing you lot, I know the part numbers and springs I require but for the last time will it be the proper height when I fit these.
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Its a common problem with people fitting them and keeping the SLS springs when of course it sits too low, but if you have the same kit as fitted to most the N/A's you see which are non SLS why would you sit any lower than them? Nominal non SLS ride height is 10mm higher than SLS after all.

Simon
 
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