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  1. gathermewool

    Replace Bearings in Pairs?

    Vehicle: 14 Subaru Forester XT Miles: ~80k Symptom: Low-pitch humming from the rear that grows louder with vehicle (NOT engine) speed. It sounds similar to having meaty all-terrain tires, though it’s a constant hum. Tire rotation did not change magnitude nor general location of the noise. I...
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    Japan unveils timeline for indigenous fighter jet program

    <a href="https://apple.news/Ai6MrJz56TUOsybNAGd9atA" target="_blank">https:/<wbr>/<wbr>apple.news/<wbr>Ai6MrJz56TUOsybNAGd9atA</a> <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Japan has announced a timeline for a new, unnamed fighter jet to...
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    Knock While Cruising, None While In Boost

    I posted this in the FA20DIT tuning thread, but figured I'd post it here as well. Info for initial WOT run: 14 Forester XT (FA20DIT direct-injection 2.0L turbo w/ high-torque CVT) Cobb Stage 1 91 Octane 93 Octane Fuel (New England) S# 2nd "gear" (CVT) WOT to "redline" Datalog: <a...
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    New WEN 56225i First Oil Change 1 Hour

    Came in today. $400. Added magnetic dipstick, just like the one on my other WEN genny. Will send out 1st sample (1 hr) sample for analysis. ——-Sequence: 5 min warm up 5 min ~200W 5 min ~400W 45 min 16-1800W Drain and fill Will change after next hour (2 total hrs) and see how the oil...
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    $25 STEAL OF A DEAL (Honda): 3 qts DW-1, 10 oz LG Red, 1+ pint PS Fluid, Chilton

    <span style="font-weight: bold">Price: </span> $25, shipped and PayPal'd (that's the cost of just the DW-1, alone!) <span style="font-weight: bold">Reason:</span> we sold our Civic to my BIL, who couldn't care less about further maintenance, so I'm selling the fluids and manual. <span...
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    New Battery --> Group 25 (stock), 24 or 34???

    Having had success with the LOW, LOW, LOW stock CCA in my '14 FXT I'm not concerned about it as a main feature for my new battery. I have the below specs for NAPA The Legend batteries of each group whittled down to my priority, in which case group 24 wins: BTW, I'm taking the advice of some on...
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    Intercooler Cleaning

    What do you guys do? I've got mine off while replacing the starter and want to get this thing cleaned while it's out. I plan to use undiluted Simple Green for the inside and outside. For the inside I'll add just as much water as is needed to slosh around and wash away the cleaner and...
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    PCV Valve Thread Sealant???

    14 Forester XT ~78k miles 1. Original (OEM) PCV valve came out with whitish funk on the outermost thread of the valve and area where the valve seats. I'm guessing it's thread sealant. I've never seen a gasket or sealant on a PCV valve. 2. The old valve internals barely moved within the valve...
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    14 Forester XT Starter Going Bad

    ~78k miles Started a couple of months ago, getting worse Symptoms: starter is whirring noise is louder and continues for a second after the engine is started before loudly winding down. According to the all-knowing etherwebs, the starter is going bad. Confirmation: The dealer confirmed that...
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    Yokohama Avid Ascend GT Wearing Badly

    <span style="font-weight: bold">Vehicle:</span> 14 Forester XT9/20/19 @ 72,874 miles (current mileage 78,058) <span style="font-weight: bold">Tires: </span>Yokohama Avid Ascend GT 225/55R18 (stock size) on 14 Forester XT -----Initial Tread Depth (I did not verify): 12/32" <span...
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    Cicking Noise While Turning Right Only

    Vehicle: 14 FXT with ~ 78k miles Location: Seems to be coming from the front right Duration: began soon after I replaced brakes and rotors at all four corners around six months ago - figured I'd mention the brakes, just in case. Occurance: > 180* turning to the right while accelerating, but...
  12. gathermewool

    Running Out of Things to Maintain - Honey Do List

    I've recently done a bunch of necessary maintenance of the vehicles, which is my favorite way to decompress and burn off some steam. I need to rotate the tires and I'll probably end up changing the sparks plugs early on the Legacy (55k miles --> 60k miles spec), but that's it. Everything else...
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    Aftermarket Speakers with Stock Head Unit/Radio - Surprisingly Good

    I continued down my list of projects and maintenance items that I've been putting off. Last night I installed Audio Ordnance two-way 6X9" in the front and 6.5" in the rear of our 15 Legacy Premium. They were cheap speakers @ ~$115 for all four speakers from Crutchfield, including install kit...
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    Fram Ultra vs Extra Engine Air Filter

    They look identical, except for color of the pleats and that the Ultra XGA9997 is slightly wider in one dimension than the Extra CA9997. The Ultra fit well. <img src="https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/attachments/usergals/2020/03/full-25037-42438-ce55ab27_3b3a_40f4_be95_fca36a7ec5fc.jpeg"...
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    14 Forester XT Factory Spark Plugs 77943 Miles

    They all look good to me, except the driver's-side rear porcelain was broken into pieces when I removed it from the socket. All of the pieces appeared to be captured within the socket. It also might be placebo effect, but the engine seems to run better with the new plugs and handle a little...
  16. gathermewool

    Subaru Parts Lookup Help (3 Part #s Same Part)

    <span style="text-decoration: underline"><span style="font-weight: bold">Background (for posterity):</span></span> Note: I'm in no hurry to complete this work and know that I can pickup a nut from the local hardware store for cheap; however, they're only a dollar from the dealer, so why not. I...
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    8mm Hex Impact 1/2" Drive Suggestions

    Any recommendations? With a standard 8mm allen key I can't for the life of me get the Legacy's front differential fill plug to budge, even hours after applying Deep Creap and putting as much weight on the key as possible. The 8mm allen key fits in perfectly, leaving ZERO extra room for a...
  18. gathermewool

    5-8 Year Old Motul Gear 300 Going In 14 FXT Rear Tomorrow

    Motul Gear 300 75W-90 I've got some liters left over from my previous STI, plus a few liters I purchased from a member here back in October 2015 that I'll be using in front and rear diff's of both my Subies. The oil has been stored in my dehumidifier basement, which is always cool to cold...
  19. gathermewool

    Latest Battery Test (OEM 14 FXT)

    14 Forester XT: ~78k miles on OEM battery (charged fully yesterday) -----Results (load test Ironton 125A load): Weak indicated for multiple seconds, while under load (see video link) -----Results (Foxwell): Replace (see pics below) -----Starting Operation: no issues - battery cranks and starts...
  20. gathermewool

    Road Rage, Then vs Now

    In my 20's I'd toy with tailgaters and play the NASCAR-style of tailgating game to prevent jerks from cutting me off from the right. I actually spent the better part o 24 hours doing this on a road trip to FL (lots of traffic at every major city, all day and all night, for some reason) and I'd...
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