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What did you do to your subie today?

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Thought it would be fun to start a thread on everyday things we do here and there to our beloved Subarus. The weather is getting nicer, so I'm sure we will all be outside more tinkering on our cars.
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Today has been a busy day for me! Got my Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 tires in yesterday from Tirerack for the Sti and had them mounted and balanced today by a real cool guy off of Nasioc. If anyone wants his info in the PNW PM me. He runs a legit business out of his home doing tire stuff n such, for a really good deal. But let me tell ya, these tires are STICKY!!! They pick up gravel everywhere but they are SOOOoo nice! It feels like a different car

When I got back from joyriding the STi in it's new tires, I washed the Forester (for the second time this week) and finally got around to hand waxing it. Looks pretty, but boy is there a lot of bumps and bruises on it!

What did you guys do to the subarus today?? :biggrin:
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Swapped wheels with my parent's Foz.. Sort of, and started an epic detailing session which consists of interior detailing and clay bar/waxing the whole car. Won't be driving it for at least a week so might as well get it cleaned up!

Oh and then I drove to Sacramento where I met Jared (forgot his username) and bought his stock '06 (I think) 17" wheels to use as snow / rally wheels! :biggrin:

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Hard core. I know I should do the clay bar thing, but it seems like a lot of work. What do you plan to use as winter tires next winter? I highly recommend Continental Extreme Winter Contact as a dedicated snow tire if you don't have something already. They're quiet, but they do really well in snow and on ice.

Quadruple checked my fluid levels...i've never had a vehicle be so freakin difficult with fluid levels. Also took the FXT down to the Ocoee to watch some rafting :rock: They were at full flow and the rafting co's were killin it! I love East Tn.
Friend of my was looking at buying a 1978 FJ40....but didn't end up getting it.

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Made it some sweet front mud flaps! Check out the modz pics if you wanna see!
Installed my exhaust extender.
washed it by leaving it out in the rain.

(we have a hosepipe ban at the moment here!!!!)
Oil (Pennzoil Platinum 5W30) & Subaru filter, installed a Fumoto F-105 quick drain valve. No more F#@%(ng crush washers or splashed oil -WOOT!
Got a Walbro and VF39 sitting on the bench in the garage. New gaskets and washers come tomorrow. Do I dare try to install this on my own while I have a spare car at my disposal???
Picked up the parents Foz from the shop and bought 5 new studs for mine! Got about 75% done installing them before work. I'm so excited :D
Oil (Pennzoil Platinum 5W30) & Subaru filter, installed a Fumoto F-105 quick drain valve. No more F#@%(ng crush washers or splashed oil -WOOT!
Did the same thing, well except for the oil (I used Castrol). Looking forward to the next oil change with the valve...
Scheduled my 30,000 checkup!
In for tint. 30% all around and 20% on the moonroof.

Hard core. I know I should do the clay bar thing, but it seems like a lot of work.

Not so much work, but patience.

Use the right lubrication spray (I prefer liquid detailing wax, but some will say use soapy water. IMO soapy water breaks the clay down faster).

Remember to rotate, flip, and reform the bar every few minutes to stop buildup.

Dont do it in direct sunlight.

Don't clay a hot car.

And something new I recently learned...if your garage floor gets wet after a clay session, watch your step. Might as well be ice on the floor. :lol:

My wifes 2000 Legacy looks 5 years younger after its first clay session. Worth every bit of the minimal effort it took and a lazy Saturday afternoon.

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Put the SLS rear dampers back in as the new rear springs were sitting a bit low. Discovered that they work really well with the stiffer springs and new KYB front struts... think I have perfected standard ride height handling - easily on a par now with WRX struts.
Finished the job of replacing the Timing belt on my 2001 Fozzie.

I am going to share an old biker tip that is useful as well on the subie.

when taking the crank pulley bolt loose and needing to keep the crank from turning and easy and safe trick is. pull out a spark plug and take some thin nylon rope and feed into the cylinder,then turn the crank by the bolt until the piston lodges the rope against the head. then when you have the bolt tightened again just turn the crank the opposite direction and pull the rope out.

mine is the SOHC 2.5L and the belt change was simple. I did it the same way as the video on youtube that showed holding the belt to the pulleys with some office paper clamps. belt cost me $49.00 from advanced auto.

hope this tip helps someone else that needs to do this job. my engine was at 108,000 so I figured this as preventive service.
Did a short errand in our Forester (fuel, library trip--less than 4 miles total) and saw no fewer than 8 Subaru Foresters in my immediate area! I have never encountered so many Foresters before. It makes me smile every time I see one. :icon_cool:
Gave her a much overdue butt kicking. I find myself not even using boost during my daily driving, and I havent been racing in 8 or more months so I blew the cobb webs out of the turbo this morning.
Tint done. Looking good. Pics eventually. Cant roll the windows down for 24 hours, but thats fine...its 100° here.
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