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Mitchy last won the day on March 20 2020

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    Balearic Islands, Spain
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    Legacy2.2i BD Sedan,ForesterSF2.0,Vivio0.7 4wd

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  1. Nothing has happened recently, other than a broken collar bone from a mountain bike accident. Car is wonderful, the shocks top out every so often, and I must replace the clutch, but urgently!! Love those Yokohamas. Fantastic tire.
  2. Been a long while since posting here, whilst getting on with some building and family projects. The green Forester is now up on all four KYB OB struts, new Forester springs, slightly wider wheels and the ever so slightly larger than standard Yokohamas. It sits plenty taller than before. It is really fine on the road, firm, stable and those M+S Yokos really stick the brick to the asphalt. The only slight problem is the apparent topping-out going over some abrupt bumps.
  3. It really feels and looks like this is the correct size for these cars, with little change in the gearing due to the slightly larger diameter. The Forester still pulls uphill on rough ground in low ratio as it always has done. Tarmac feels smoother with the increase in wall height.
  4. One might look at the possibility of using Forester springs on Legacy struts.. ? I believe there is compatibility but I am unsure as to al years.
  5. Rear diff: up you go. Make sure you have a block of rubber/wood between jack and diff, and jack on the flat part! Do not forget axle stands if you are crawling underneath!!!!
  6. We had that on one of our old Foresters. A cheap and easy fix if you are lucky.
  7. The front sway bar bushings may be tired and causing some muffled clunky rattling.
  8. I just fitted my new Yokohama G015 215/70R15 tires on the 48mmET 7jx15 rims that came off the silver forester (a dealer option). Very happy with the result: the tires are a published 14mm larger in diameter than the 205/70 they replace. Theoretically they are 2.2% larger in diameter, circumference, and speedo error. In actual fact they are a whole 26 mm larger. This is 4% difference in size, giving a speedo reading of 50 mph at an actual 52 mph. Negligible really. As a side note these Yokos run quieter and smoother than the General Grabbers they replaced, I have not yet tried them in the wet, but dry and loose surface A++. As a kitsch bonus they have white lettering which was unexpected. Physically they will just fit (clear) under our silver car’s standard Forester struts. This green car however has new KYB Forester SF springs on new Legacy Outback KYB Excel-G struts. More strut clearance and greater ride height in the rear. The front is getting small lift soon.
  9. I bet that made a difference. I have a set of drift punches of various diameters. Their body is 10mm hexagonal bar which of course sits in a 10mm box wrench, which fits on the box wrench extension bar which gives 12” of reach. A gentle taptaptap with a soft hammer and out come those pins. You will find these pins fastening the driveshafts to the transaxle splines too.
  10. Can anybody shed some light on front springs’ loaded and unloaded lengths? I am about to swap the tired old original struts and springs for new KYB Legacy Outback struts and KYB Forester SF springs. Being a non-standard set-up, I am taking measurement before disassembly; The original front springs under the weight of the car show an overall length of 18-20cm (~7.5”). The brand new new uncompressed spring measures 38cm (15”). Can I expect the new springs to compress to almost half their length??? This, combined with Outback struts which give an extra 0.5” spring perch height, would appear to give me some brutal lift. Obviously the strut will limit the length of the spring to some extent. I’m hoping for some lift at the soft front end, but perhaps this will be too much. PS the rears were done earlier using the same combination of new KYB springs and Legacy Outback struts, and gave me around 2” of clearance, tire-top to wheel arch, no lift spacers. Thanks for any theories or knowledge in this matter. New versus old. Both new and old springs have roughly four turns:
  11. I would start again by checking all transmission/ motor/ subframe/ driveshaft/ half axle/ brake caliper bolts and bushes. If all of the rotating parts are known to be true and balanced, then it has to be their support which is loose. Are the wheel studs too long for the nuts and the wheels are not on tight, even though the nuts are tight? Do you have alloy wheels with no hubcentric ring fitted? or a crushed ring stuck on the wheel/hub. Or maybe the front differential is affecting the front wheels somehow, perhaps grabbing on each rotation of the half shafts?
  12. 1750rpm is EXACTLY where both of our Foresters’ exhaust manifold/collector heat shields arrived at optimum harmonic frequency; -in other words ‘rattled their loudest’. Remove them, wedge them or somehow fix them and all should be good.
  13. Our silver Forester did all manner of peculiar wobbles, shakes and vibrations until I replaced the transmission mount.
  14. As Bennie said, check the rack bushes if you have not. There is not much else up front to fix... Also, are you 100% certain that it is at the front of the car? Perhaps the driveshaft is wobbling, or there is a loose trans/diff/engine mount. Good luck
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