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Hi all. HAve had a 2006 Forester XT for about 4 months. I have been getting weird drumming vibrations from the rear at speed, but only when going up hill, e.g. motorway inclines, steep passes etc - sounds like a loose exhaust, but isn't. NEVER get it on the flat or downhill.

Now realise that the gap between my rear suspension tyre and wheelarch on the nearside is about 2 inches less than on the offside, but I'd swear it wasn't before!

Any ideas? Self levelling faullt? Ruined shocker? H E LP!
 

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I don't think XT had the self-leveling struts, did they? I think that was only the N/A LL Bean Edition Forester. That's in the US though.

Is your rear sway bar stock? There was a local member who upgraded to an STi rear bar and it kept shifting left to right, making his height uneven. Check the rear sway bar first.

Welcome, BTW.

Stan
 

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Suspension Problems

Well apparently UK spec XTs do have the self levelling, which is why they're highly sought-after as tow-cars in the UK. I doubt there's anything non-stock as previous one owner clearly cherished it and al servicing was from main dealer...... but thanks for the thought.
 

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Drumming vibration from rear

Did you ever find out what caused that drumming vibration in the rear of your Forester? I have exactly the same drumming noise going uphill. My Forester 2004 also have those self-leveling dampers. The car is saging in the rear, so I am leaning towards that this is a damper problem.
 
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