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  • pattim3pattim3 Posts: 533
    Mike - the dealer should be able to order the shims now. If not, call us at 1-800-SUBARU3 and our Rep. can straighten it out. Since the information was just released, it just may be a lag in getting it to the right person at the dealership.

    Hugo - the squeel that this shim addresses is different than what I remember about your's. Also, this was something we were hearing about in the Legacy models with some frequency. I'll double check your case and see if anything can be done on Monday.


  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    BG - KenS took some pictures of stock vs. Hellas vs. Philips Vision Plus and the Vision Plus were slightly brighter.

    Ken - Any idea what post your headlight comparison is? I would be interested in seeing it again because I'm considering upgrading my wife's OB lights as well.

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Here you go...

    Vision Plus vs. Stock:


    Vision Plus vs. Hella Premium:

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  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    Thanks. Can you tell a difference in lighting distance on dark highways?

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    Most definetly yes. I don't think the photos do the bulbs justice. The Vision Pluses are noticeably brighter and illuminate farther than regular H4s. The beam cut-off seem to be sharpter too. Those, in conjunction with my fogs, have been great for driving through the Sierras on moonless nights.

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  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    in the fogs as well?

    Oops, I think this should've been under Modifications. Oh well, at least we're not discussing Potato recipes. ;-)

  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    don't forget that those are H4s in Ken's Forester.
    Your wife's OB uses the same mediocre HB(?)s as in my '98 OB, and I don't think you would get the same result Ken got. Hence, the HID route which I took.

  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    Owner's manual says HB5/9007. Is the wattage different?

  • hypovhypov Posts: 3,068
    nope, the wattage are the same 55/65
    I bought a pair of "xenon gas charged" bulbs and they looked to be brighter but still can't compare with my mom's OBS. Them OEM H4 threw better light than the OB's OEM or the new bulbs I'd bought.
    Drove my OB on the Palisade (night) a few weeks ago and I think I out ran the HB5 @ 50mph :-)

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    The bulb design influences the light pattern quite a bit as Dave mentioned. The H4(HB2) I have on my Forester are known for good lighting patterns. Here's a great website with more info:

    However, upgrading your bulbs even with HB5s can make a difference. Certain bulbs (ie. Hella Premiums, Philips Vision Plus) use designs that allow the filament to burn a little brighter than stock.


  • Greg,
    The manual for your Toyota will have the torque specs for most things in a section in the owners manual. Almost every import does this.

  • I own a 1998 Subaru Outback, 33,000 Miles - the original Michelin tires are nearing the end of their useful life, I am looking for a good four season touring tire that can give me a longer life but not alot of road noise - any suggestions from others out there?
  • I have 2001 outback wagon manual with 12,000 miles and I just recently started getting the clutch chatter on cold mornings. It happens between 1st and 2nd mostly when driving slow. The clutch is having a hard time engaging and I am irritated since my car is relatively new. Does anyone else have this problem this early and what can I do about it to get it fixed by Subaru? I am not willing to accept that I have to start in 2nd gear or apply more gas. Thanks for any help.
  • pattim3pattim3 Posts: 533
    is to bring it into a dealer and have them take a look at it. Once they know what is wrong, they can determine what can be done for you.

    After you do that, if you have a problem, call us at 1-800-SUBARU3 so we can look into it for you.


  • mrk610mrk610 Posts: 378
    Hello everyone Ive been so busy with work and school that I was finally able to take my car in for service. They road tested it and they found nothing wrong with it .The service rep even let me drive another car there and it did the same thing . So I guess its just me . He also said that I should wait untill 3000 miles b/4 changing the oil .Due to the fact that not ever engine breaks in the same way. I asked him about metal shavings from the milling process and he said that subi engine blocks are bathed after the process so there are no shavings left . Kinda confused about that statement .Ohh by the way my car lost its virginity last week in a parking lot .Some ##$$%%^^%%$$# hit the lower rear dr side door cladding and left a srape about 3 " long right down to the black plastic.Also left a deep scuff mark on the alum wheel . Omly had car little over a month and only has 1200 k on it boy was I pissed off .Thanks for letting me vent .

    mike k
  • bluesubiebluesubie Posts: 3,497
    Thanks again for the headlight info. I'll have to make sure I can return them if I'm not happy.

    mike k. - You can't go wrong in following the owner's manual when it comes to oil change intervals. A lot of dealers have you in more than you need to be.

  • patdadpatdad Posts: 9

    Last year I ordered filters and accessories from Darlene at QSubaru in TN. Now that I'm need of additional supplies I find that the phone I had for Darlene is disconnected and the link I had for her website is also dead. Is Darlene's dealership still in business? Is there someplace else reputable to mail order parts at a good price?

    Thanks for your help.
  • nygregnygreg Posts: 1,936
    Thanks. I did not see the info in the owner's manual. Probably my old age, I'll check again. As for torque, went to Costco to have my tires installed and they had a chart on the wall indicating wheel torque specs for all cars. My OB was rated at 72 ft/lbs and the Sienna at 77 ft/lbs.

    BTW - rotated my OB tires this weekend and waxed the wheels to boot! I feel good now. :)

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Darlene cannot order parts. The dealership owners is in a financial mess, has not paid the bills.

    I have been waiting for 15 days for to process an order. Jeez, take my money, guys. Just sent a follow up message today, we'll see.

    I contacted another source, but prices were 10% higher, almost retail. Doesn't seem worth the bother if I can get similar prices from my dealer.

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