Forester STI – Spark Plug Change

Time for some new spark plugs and while I’m at it an upgrade to a cooler running plug in preparation for more boost, more on that another time. From what I read, the spark plug to go for is the NGK ILFR7H. This is more of a job than with most other cars due to […]

Forester STI – New Rear Discs and Pads

I had already bought a set of rear discs and pads when I bought the set for the front from Godspeed. I didn’t fit the rears at the time I did the fronts as there was a decent amount of life left in the pads. Now it was time to fit the Godspeed G Hook […]

Forester STI – Noisy Power Steering Pump Fix

As the title says, a simple fix here for what I was worried might be a more costly and involved job of replacing the power steering pump. The symptoms were a whining/whirring noise when maneuvering the Forester in the driveway or when parking so when going from lock to lock. This began happening on cold […]

Forester STI – MeisterR Zeta CRD Coilovers

While I didn’t have a major problem with ride and handling on the OEM STI springs and inverted dampers (the stiffer rear ARB and subframe locking bolts really helped, see here and here) and I didn’t mind the STI ride height with the Prodrive GC-010E wheels either. But with the Rota Grid Drifts, the standard […]

Forester STI – Fitting Longer Wheel Studs

Having trial fitted the Rota Grid Drift wheels I was happy I wanted to fit them properly. The first thing to do was to fit some longer studs on the front due to needing 5mm spacers for the wheels to clear the Brembo calipers. I boought a set of these Hardrace studs. Time to get […]

Forester STI – Fitting Sound Deadening in the Doors

Having fitted better speakers in the doors, shown in a previous post here. I felt the complete lack of any sound deadening in the doors was not getting the best out of them. After a bit of research I placed an order with Sound Deadening Shop for some Silent Coat 2mm Damping Mat and 10mm […]

Forester STI – Rota Grid Drift Wheels

The wheels that were on the Forester when I bought it are proper GC-010E Prodrive/Bridgestone branded forged items made in the Rays factory in Japan. They’re quite a desirable wheel, look good and are about as light as a set of 18’s are going to get so they drive very well. Me being me though, […]

Forester STI – Engine, Gearbox and Diff Oil Change

Whenever I get a car I tend to change all the oils early on so I know it’s all fresh and decent quality stuff. The Forester was no different so I got myself some Millers oils for the engine, gearbox and differentials and a genuine Subaru engine oil filter and sump washer. For the engine […]

Forester STI – Wales Road Trip and EVO Triangle

We thought we should do a road trip in the Forester. Wales is somehwere we hadn’t really driven round much before plus it’s where the famous ‘EVO Triangle’ is, so we figured we’d better go stay there for a week and check it out. After a good clean the day before, we packed our stuff […]