Forester STI – Whiteline Rear Subframe Lock Bolts

While I was reading about various rear ARB options for Subaru’s I came across the rear subframe lock bolts that Whiteline and some other suspension upgrade companies offer. So I did a bit of research about them and found that people who’ve fitted them say they make a noticeable difference. Obviously this is not always […]

Forester STI – Whiteline Rear Anti Roll / Sway Bar

If you’re not already aware, A Subaru Forester is basically a jacked up Impreza with a slightly larger, boxy body. Those are the things that attracted me to one, the performance and tuning potential of an Impreza but with more space in the back for stuff. Being ‘jacked up’ and the ‘larger, boxy body’ both […]

Forester STI – New Fog Light Cover STI Decals

The left fog light cover could do with a new decal and a little freshen up with a layer of lacquer so I carefully measured the dimensions of the original STI decals and had an eBay seller make me some exact copies of them for me. I wanted to make sure I placed the new […]

Forester STI – Cavity Wax and Full Underside Wax Treatment

With the Dinitrol Super Protect 447 applied, next I could deal with protecting the body shell and subframe cavities. I could also apply a layer of wax to the whole underside. There wouldn’t be much point in me putting in all this time and effort to protect the outer surfaces of the body shell and […]

Forester STI – Dinitrol Protect Super 447 Anti Stonechip Coating

So the underside of the Forester has been cleaned, stripped of bits of trim and some suspension and anything I didn’t remove that I don’t want to spray has been masked. It’s finally time to start spraying the Dinitrol Protect Super 447 Anti Stonechip layer. But before I got started I took some pictures of […]

Forester STI – Pre ‘Undersealing’ Masking Everything

When you’re spraying any kind of paint you can guarantee it will end up on everything, not just the bits you want to paint. It amazes me how many body shops haven’t figured this out given the number of cars I’ve seen that have had paintwork done and are covered in over spray. So when […]

Forester STI – GFB Deceptor Pro II Dump Valve

Before I get into fitting this….. Yes I know it’s unnecessary and there’s nothing wrong with the OEM dump valve for the kind of boost the standard turbo is ever going to make. But a big part of the enjoyment of a car, certainly for me, is the noises it makes and turbocharged engines can […]

Forester STI – New Front Discs and Pads

I could see it was likely the front pads were going to need replacing before I bought the car and sure enough when I got the car home and gave it an all over inspection I found the previous owners had certainly got their money’s worth! I also measured the disc thickness to compare with […]

Forester STI – How to Repair Brembo Caliper Threads

As I showed in my last post, when I replaced a rear wheel stud, Brembo calipers can cause problems when it comes to removing them. This is because they are an aluminium alloy and they are bolted with steel bolts. Galvanic corrosion happens between the two different metals which weakens the aluminium and it sort […]