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#4995 of 5351 2005 Outback LL Bean Hood Deflector
Jun 25, 2005 (7:51 pm)
Has anyone installed a hood deflector on a 2005 OB LL Bean? I order the part from a Subaru dealer, but the it appears to be the wrong part, the holes don't line when mounting the deflector to the hood as well there are gaps between the deflector and the leading edge of the hood. The instructions don't match up with the car in the display of the instructions, seems to be for a previous model of the OB. The instructions suck they just show pictures with no directions, really lame. I have noticed when researching the part on the web that some web sites only list to the 2004 model, while another site states not to be used with the limited wagon model.
#4996 of 5351 Replace manual climate control with auto?
Jul 21, 2005 (6:56 am)
Has anyone ever heard of doing this to a late model Forester? Would it take more than just replacing the head unit? Any ideas?
Actually, any real world experience with the auto-climate control would be appreciated too. Thanks!
Jul 21, 2005 (10:38 am)
I just posted something similar to this on the STi Mods/LGT thread.
Reflashing is the best way to go, especially if you have no desire to do much else with the car other than give it a little more oomph. Cobb, Vishnu, whomever - most are akin to the Ecutek reflash (see more at Ecutek or I-Speed). This provides a reliable remapping of certain variables resulting in a more powerful daily driver.
I had GRD Performance reflash and dyno tune my 02 WRX Wgn in addition to installing a full APS race exhaust (UP and TBE). The results were amazing - stock whp/wtq in the 165-170 range and, as modified/tuned, in the 215-220 range. That's real, everyday power.
As for the comments about "tapping HP" that really doesn't make much sense as it is all driver dependent. Personally, the more interesting discussion is accessing torque in turbo cars, not the HP.
Regardless of which reseller/installer of an ECU reflash you go with the gains available are a value relative to other bolt-on solutions.
#4998 of 5351 Oil catch can - worth it?
Jul 23, 2005 (9:29 am)
Just checking out the information on another web site that touted the benefits of installing an oil catch can that would prevent oil getting sucked into the intercooler.
The author, Peaty, who's well respected in the Subaru community, and is also really decent about answering questions, mentioned that when he upgraded his intercooler hoses, he actually had oil leak out of the intercooler while it was setting on his garage floor.
The install doesn't look very tricky, the main challenge is where to mount the device. Perrin makes a small unit that looks like it would be fairly easy to rig up a mounting bracket.
Anyone else out there think it might be worth it? Any downsides? I mean other than my dealer telling me the entire car is no longer under warranty
#4999 of 5351 3000GT VR-4 intake
Jul 23, 2005 (12:16 pm)
Now I'm wondering about an intake system (haha one step at a time). I was told that for a twin turbo a cold air intake system is not necessary and won't make too much of a difference. This same person told me to just go with the RAM intake. Is this true? Any information is always appreciated. Thanks.
#5000 of 5351 no mods her on my fxt for post 5000 hehehehehe
Jul 23, 2005 (1:04 pm)
#5001 of 5351 Re: no mods her on my fxt for post 5000 hehehehehe [njswamplands]
Jul 25, 2005 (10:03 am)
Way too much time on your hands swamp.
#5002 of 5351 tint novice
Jul 27, 2005 (10:26 pm)
I'm about to get the windows tinted on my '04 Outback base wagon. Any advice for a first-time tinter?
#5003 of 5351 Re: tint novice [jeffmc]
Jul 28, 2005 (6:49 am)
go to a reputable shop. don't go someplace just because it's the absolute cheapest you can find. a quality shop might charge $125-170 for a typical 4 door car. more for a van or large SUV.
there's really only 3 ways to do it, well, up to that depending on where you are. many states restrict how dark you can tint the front side glass; for example, my home state of Kansas allows no darker than 35%. the percentage is how much light gets through-- 5% is limo tint. Arizona, Texas and several other southern states allow 5% tint even on the front side doors.
first method - tint to the max legal allowed on all windows. in Kansas, this would be 35% on the front side doors and 20% anywhere else. This achieves the max sun/UV protection allowed by your local laws.
however different tint strengths can be readily noticed and to some it's unappealing, so they instead choose to match it all-- since the front doors are only allowed 35%, that's what the back gets too.
the third way is to go to a shop and pay cash, and get no receipt.. but you can get 5% on the whole car if you want.
there will be some dusk & night adjustment for you. it's not that bad unless you have 5% tint, the rest is fairly easy to get to used to.