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Subaru Forester (up to 2005)



  • thecatthecat Posts: 528
    Thanks to KenS pointing the way, I bought those bulbs from autolamps-online over a year ago. They're great lights and make a noticeable difference. I would love to put them in the WRX but I don't think it takes the same bulbs.
    - Hutch
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    No problem, guys. The Vision Plus only comes in H1 or H4 so it limits the application range.

    Ever since Photopoint went down, it's been a hassle posting pics.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Nice call, Donn!

    So, both Ken and Hutch have had long-lasting results with those bulbs? Mabye those are worth considering, then. I gave up on the one-year-of-life Hellas.

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869

    Yeah, you and another friend of mine both had their Hellas go out after a year. I switched over to the Philips after a few months (okay, I was a into lighting at the time) so I don't have the same experience. I do recall Susquehana Motor Sports mentioning that they removed one line of Hella bulbs because the quality had gone down. They weren't the H4+30, but who knows, maybe it affected more than just one model.

  • mst3kguymst3kguy Posts: 10
    hiya people,

    although experienced with audio in general, i'm rather new to car audio. i've just acquired boston acoustics rx47 coaxials for the rear doors of my '02s+, installation was a breeze. however, the tweeter unit is not clearing the factory grille, which appears to curve inward ever so slightly. the grille is now pressing on the tweeter unit (not the dome, but rather a fixed unit, thankfully!) and the grille is bulging out on one side.

    what are my options here? the boston grilles aren't large enough to cover the area that the factory grilles covered.



    dean naramore
    cincinnati, ohio
  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    I replaced the OEM speakers (all except the tweeters )on my '00 S with premium sound package with Polk Audios from Crutchfield. IIRC the model numbers were EX602a for the fronts and EX502a for the rears. (Ken S can confirm but I think he got Sony Xplods for the rears - Ken?). In any case I didn't encounter any clearance issues.

    You could always try gently heating the factory grilles and curving them outward to accommodate the tweeters. I'd use hot water or maybe a blow dryer. I'd think about picking up a spare pair of factory grilles just in case. In the alternative, you could cut out the insides of the factory grilles and insert your own mesh, available from most any stereo store. Do the same for the fronts and get a custom look all around.

    Good luck,

    PS: BTW, why am I not surprised that a guy with the screen name mst3kguy would buy a For(r)ester? ;-)
  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Actually, it was the other way around -- I have Sony Xplods in the front and the Polks in the rear. No problems with fitment because they were listed as the EZ fit on Crutchfield.

    I don't remember exactly, but weren't the speakers mounted on a plastic tray? Perhaps you may be able to mount the speakers without the tray to get around the clearance issue. I'd try and play around with that before messing with the cover since you'll always see the cover.

  • Hi Forester owners!!
    Am new to this list, but have been reading over these many posts for the last hour.
    I have owned 2 Foresters, the first being a 99S, which was a nice ride. We chose to trade this one in for the 2000 S, mainly for the limited slip rear end. We do alot of winter travel in the snow, in hilly conditions, and after owning other SUV's with LSD, this was a concern.
    I've upgraded the wheels to 17", which have the 225x55x17 tires............this baby corners considerably better than before!
    Also tossed their 'upgraded' stereo with a real one........Kenwood deck, with 12 stack CD player, Rockford Amps and top of the line speaker of 800 watts of sheer pleasure, while waiting in traffic!! waiting is no big deal any longer.....
    My only complaint,and to me its major enough to sell and trade this car for a Toyota 4Runner Limited, if I can't get it fixed, once and for all.
    It's the squeeky real hatch...everytime we take it on somewhat rough roads, and 'flex' the body just a little bit, such as you would going over bumps and turning at the same time, this has produced a permanent squeek, which is totally irritating....have taken it to the dealers several times,and they have 'adjusted' the hatch, but this is a temporary fix at best.
    Have also greased all the fittings, and the ends of the rubber stops, this has helped, but the damn squeek is still there!!!........gggeeezzz, it's irritating!!.......and we can't run around with the stereo blasting all the time, to drown out that squeek...........anybody else have this problem??......I told my neighbor about this, she recently bought an 02 S model, and it wasn't until I asked her about a squeeek, that she realized she DID have one!!!
    About the headlight bulb replacement, I've always used the PIAA H-4 replacement bulbs, ultra white, in 80-115 watt.......these are bright!!!, and you will need to readjust your headlamps a tad downwards to utilize the increased brightness, and to avoid getting high beamed by oncoming traffic....
    Any help with the squeek would be greatly appreciated.........hope it's before I trade the SUBE in for a 4Runner.........!
  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    secretasianman: I've tried that, but got tire rubbing when turning the front wheels to full lock. Found out it was an offset issue. (I also have a 2000 S.) The wheels I used had a +52mm offset when Forester OEM use +48. I'm selling the +52s and looking for a suitable +48. What are you using for wheels and tires? And how are 17"s on "rough roads"? My thought in going the 17" route was to get better pavement handling but I may end up just getting a 16" tire in the OEM size with a stiffer sidewall.

    As for the squeaks in the hatch, there are two little spring-loaded bumpers on either side of the hatch opening. Try cleaning them out by spraying with WD-40 followed by some compressed air. Grit tends to get in them, causing the squeak.

    Good luck,

    PS: Ken - sorry I got the speakers backwards - it's been awhile.
  • mst3kguymst3kguy Posts: 10
    ed/lark6 wrote:

    <<PS: BTW, why am I not surprised that a guy with the screen name mst3kguy would buy a For(r)ester? ;-)>>

    d'oh! i'm surprised people even understand the name these days...

    cincinnati, ohio
  • subaru_teamsubaru_team Posts: 1,676
    Have you had a dealer look at it? They have a lot of technical resources and it should be pretty easy to fix. If they can't fix it, call us or ask them to call their technical assistance line.

    I know noises can be very annoying. It might be worth the time to get some dealer attention on it.


  • storytellerstoryteller Posts: 476
    Rest assured, Dean, you guys are not forgotten. Thanks for some wonderful moments.
  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    How long has MST3K been off the air now? Seems like just yesterday.

    All: Dr. Forrester was an evil scientist on the show, who forced the human host and his robot companions to watch bad movies.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My hatch doesn't squeek, and that's the type of thing I'd notice. The 2003 Forester is getting a totally new hatch design, FWIW.

    What type of grease did you use? WD40 displaces water and just about everything else, but it would dry up soon and could make an area squeek even worse. So it's good for an area that is supposed to be cleaned, but not for an area that needs lubrication. WD40 also should not be used around rubber or plastic, since it is petroleum-based.

    I would try to find a very thick lithium grease, that will stay on. They make spray bottles, but for the hatch I would use the thicker stuff in the tube.

    I remember Mystery Science Theater 2000, guess they changed the name later, eh? Funny stuff. I once watched their marathon on Turkey Day.

  • kenskens Posts: 5,869
    Nope, no squeaking with my hatch either. A buddy of mine has a 2000 S also but no squeaking there either.

    Just a wild idea, but could the source be something other than the rear hatch -- like swaybar bushings or something?

  • Regis Philbin! Regis Philbin of Live with Regis and Kelly and Who Wants to be a Millionaire saw a 2003 Forester at the NY Auto Show and he wants to buy one, but his wife and his producer don't want him to buy one -- an image thing.

    Perhaps we can create a ground-swell of support that will overwhelm all opposition and poor Regis can get the car he do desperately wants...and should have!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    The sacrifices you make to be in show biz!

    Pretty funny. :-)

  • carguy62carguy62 Posts: 545
    The other day he said (yes I admit it I watch him--but only for his co-host) he wanted a Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder. Whatever car they were showing, that's what he wanted.

    Regis could buy a fleet of Foresters and still not make a dent in his wallet. He's mentioned what he drives, but it escapes me at the moment, maybe a Jaguar. I know he's had plenty of car problems over the years. He tells great stories about getting flat tires and being totally clueless.
  • armac13armac13 Posts: 1,129
    This was the only problem I've had with Rufus (MY2001 S). In my case it was not the slides. Cleaning and lubricating them had no effect. The solution was to replace the hatch latch (I always love writing that) under warranty. The dealer tried to adjust it, but there is precious little adjustment available. My situation was by no means unique. Hope this helps.

  • lark6lark6 Posts: 2,565
    [juice]What type of grease did you use? WD40 displaces water and just about everything else, but it would dry up soon and could make an area squeek even worse. So it's good for an area that is supposed to be cleaned, but not for an area that needs lubrication. WD40 also should not be used around rubber or plastic, since it is petroleum-based.[/juice]

    IIRC that's what I was describing, the cleaning process. I typically use spray lithium lube for lubrication of hinges.

    Now I'm curious: My driver's side interior door handle has begun creaking. Seeing as it's plastic, what would you lubricate it with?

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