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 Post subject: Craig's MY10 XT 4EAT SWP
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:42 am 
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Vehicle: MY10 XT SWP

Posts: 925
Location: Brisbane
Hi,

Since I have done a few mods not on Forester I thought i'd start to document it. This is my second Subaru. My first was a GEN3 RX Liberty in Red Mica. I still have this car and it is still find it ultra reliable and comfortable albeit, slow.

My wife wanted a new car. She wanted a Forester. I said she can only get one if its turbo. Much to my surprise, she said OK. I bought this car off the original owner at the start of 2014 with 63000 KMs. Everything checked out so we bought it.

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  • Date [ODO] Details
  • Jan 2014 [65000] Whiteline 20mm RSB - Link
  • Aug 2014 [72000] Whiteline 24mm FSB - Link
  • Aug 2014 [72000] Blacked out grill - Link
  • Aug 2014 [73000] TEIN lowering springs and S-Edition struts - Link
  • Sep 2014 [74000] OEM Weather Strips - Link
  • Sep 2014 [74000] KBR15 installed - Link
  • Dec 2014 [76000] Philips Silver Vision bulbs & LED interior light upgrade - Link
  • Jan 2015 [79000] Brake upgrade - Link
  • Apr 2015 [83000] 4x Bridgestone RE003's fitted (225/55 R17 97W)
  • Jun 2015 [85000] Whiteline BSR49 20mm RSB removed Whiteline BSR49XZ 22mm adjustable RSB installed.
  • Nov 2015 [95000] H6 front calipers and DBA T2 rotors - Link


Here is a picture on the day we collected it.
http://imgur.com/UYmesAE

How it looks today.
http://imgur.com/D4KFdRq

Cheers for looking. :thumbs:

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 Post subject: Re: Craig's MY10 XT 4EAT - Inital post
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:42 am 
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Vehicle: MY10 XT SWP

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Location: Brisbane
After some reading on this fine forum, I talked myself into purchasing a larger rear sway bar. Its a 20mm Whiteline (BSR49).

Below is a shot of it next to the standard bar. This made a huge difference to the high speed stability of this car. Hey, my wife even noticed the difference!

http://imgur.com/Ztba6Yp

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 Post subject: Re: Craig's MY10 XT 4EAT - Inital post
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:43 am 
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Vehicle: MY10 XT SWP

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Location: Brisbane
Since the rear bar was on, I thought I would add one to the front. It felt like it needed some help there, too.
I purchased a Whiteline (BSF39XZ) 24mm adjustable FSB.

To be honest, at the standard height I could hardly not notice the larger front sway. This was installed on the softest setting; the hole furthest away from the "D" bush.

Here is a photo for comparison.

http://imgur.com/y5mTbA3

http://imgur.com/OthU0DT

Cheers

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 Post subject: Re: Craig's MY10 XT 4EAT - Inital post
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:43 am 
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Vehicle: MY10 XT SWP

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Location: Brisbane
The front grill... that ugly POS. I was going to chase a 11+ grill or even purchase the sports grill. I was also worried that the painted sports grill may not match my 4 year old paint and look out of place. So I spent $12 to see how much a difference blacking it out would make.

I pulled the front bar off my car, removed the grill and removed the grill insert. I washed it thoroughly and then gave it 6 to 8 coats (i forgot) of paint. The paint i used was Rustoleum Satin Black (thanks for ExRex for this). I think I used about half of the spray can. I did not clear coat it this may have made it shiny.

Before:
http://imgur.com/He0sJgj
http://imgur.com/Cl8OSLm

After:
http://imgur.com/ED2Jkhp
http://imgur.com/qbNvH0M
http://imgur.com/d7zRfhJ
http://imgur.com/IauCRTW

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 Post subject: Re: Craig's MY10 XT 4EAT - Inital post
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:43 am 
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Location: Brisbane
Next up was the suspension. I had pondered for a while about using the Pedders Sports Ryder springs but after Tweeds removed his that was a good enough reason for me not to use them. I saw a few people on here has used the TEIN H Tech Coil Springs (Tweeds20, darkrexy) and i thought the height was practical for my families needs.

Since my XT has self leveling suspension, I needed to purchase a few items to get this job done.
OEM 2013 S Edition Rear Non SLS ABS struts - 20365SC060
OEM Bump Stops to suit above - 20371FG000
OEM Dust Covers to suit above - 20372SC000
TEIN SH5 lowering springs (40mm) - SKS94-G1B00

Self leveling rear on the left and assembled rear non SLS on the right-
http://imgur.com/EKt0Okj
http://imgur.com/EClaDsY
http://imgur.com/U9f1kyS

Even without a wheel alignment (its booked in for two days time at Fulcrum) this thing is much better. Much softer over speed bumps, must less bouncy in the back, much tighter all around. This combined with the bigger bars make this feel so much better. It has decent roll stiffness but still very forgiving when going down the road.

I am a little concerned about the rear camber I have now generated but I will wait and see what Fulcrum say about this before deciding on what to do next.

Cheers.

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 Post subject: Re: Craig's MY10 XT 4EAT SWP - Inital post
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:31 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Craig's MY10 XT 4EAT SWP - Inital post
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:35 pm 
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Looks good mate.

Rear camber and tyre wear has never been an issue with mine and I'm lower than that. As long as the toe is set right.

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 Post subject: Re: Craig's MY10 XT 4EAT SWP - Inital post
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:47 pm 
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I Say: Stop BSL. Breed Specific Legislation. Bull Sh!t Law
Vehicle: MY10 XT/STi partial swap

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nice work so far Craig... +1 what Dazzz said ^^

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 Post subject: Re: Craig's MY10 XT 4EAT SWP - Inital post
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:48 pm 
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Nice Craig :ok:

I'm guessing the first pic (day you picked it up) was taken at Daisy Hill???

Also, which Fulcrum? If it's Y'pilly, Shane and his team really know their trade! They won't run zero toe unless you specifically ask for it, but I've never had a problem with their alignments. They use toe to counter the camber, but it's so minimal; to the tune of 0.1-0.2mm per degree of camber.

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 Post subject: Re: Craig's MY10 XT 4EAT SWP - Inital post
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:08 pm 
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Vehicle: MY11 SWP S-Edition

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Looking good mate, nice list of mods :thumbs:

I'm running the WL sway-bars and Tein springs in mine as well, and find them to be great, handles very good compared to stock, and I've had no problems with rear camber tyre etc..

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