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#206 of 225 Re: First month with 08 Forester XPrem [dcwestby]
Dec 04, 2007 (9:37 pm)
My advice is to get yourself a tire pressure gauge, which is inexpensive, and have someone show you how to use it properly. Once you get the knack, it's very easy to do. Then, check your tires regularly (at least once per month, preferably more often). Check them when they are cold, before driving the car. Add (or delete) air as needed. Be advised that tire pressures change by approximately 1 PSI for each 10 degree change in the temperature. When it gets colder outside, the pressure drops, and when it gets hot, the pressure goes up. Keeping your tires properly inflated is very important for safety, gas mileage and long tire life.
Best of luck with your Forester!
#207 of 225 Re: First month with 08 Forester XPrem [dcwestby]
Dec 04, 2007 (10:52 pm)
I concur with Leo!
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#208 of 225 opions on mild forester xt engine mods..
Apr 14, 2008 (3:34 pm)
I have an 07 Forester xt ...stock...would like to hear opinions of recommended "mild" mods to the engine...don't like "loud" exhaust but cannot hear the engine rev...too quiet...thanks, Richard
#209 of 225 Re: opions on mild forester xt engine mods.. [fyrecherdo]
Apr 15, 2008 (4:16 am)
SPT Exhaust is a good choice for a catback, any STi or WRX one should fit.
As for engine mods, other than that there isn't a whole lot I would recommend at least not until first modifying several things in this order:
1) Tires- Single easiest mod to do and the most powerful mod that yields the best results.
2) Brakes- Upgraded pads to Hawk HPs or HP+, SS Lines, Good brake flush with ATE Superblue fluid
3) Driver- Modify the driver by attending an HPDE event where you learn advanced car control from an onboard instructor, this mod is able to be transferred to any car you are driving and not only improves enjoyment but safety as well.
4) Suspension- Springs (Eibach Prokit are good) coupled with either KYB AGX struts or Koni sport inserts will give you significantly better control while retaining a stock-like ride.
Once you have done all that, then and only then would I suggest "power" mods for any subaru.
#210 of 225 Re: opions on mild forester xt engine mods.. [paisan]
Apr 15, 2008 (3:31 pm)
>>Eibach Prokit are good coupled with either KYB AGX struts or Koni sport inserts will give you significantly better control while retaining a stock-like ride. << WILL these really retain a stock like ride? No increase in harshness? Are you sure? After putting KYBs on Honda Del Sol Si the ride simultaniously got harsher & had a bit of float in it - I was not happy with that & have been reluctant to modify struts or spings since How do they affect the ride height? What about the STi larger, solid rear sway bar? Or or those already on 07 XTs?
#211 of 225 Re: opions on mild forester xt engine mods.. [paisan]
Apr 17, 2008 (8:52 am)
Thanks for the info.....I agree with you about the "Driver Mods".... Although I'm not in the mindset to "race" the car it's nice to improve on current skills....CHP offers training to firefighters with regards to operation of Fire Apparatus and safer "code" driving.. As far as exhaust I have read that the STi exhaust is NOT offered for the Forester and that the fit is a little different....Any opinions on the Cobb System? Thanks, Richard
#212 of 225 Suggestions for tire pressures to increase MPG
May 11, 2008 (8:13 pm)
My '07 Sports XT automatic now has about 34,000 miles on it. Last week I changed out the four OEM Yoko Geolanders for Yoko Avids (same size), plus had the the wheels aligned and balanced. My early impression is that my MPG has dropped a bit. Where I was getting 22-23 mpg overall, I now seem to be getting around 19-20 mpg. Will increasing the tire pressure possibly increase mileage. I don't want go as high as the stated max psi of 40, but I'm thinking about 37-38 psi.
Opinions and expertise are welcome!
#213 of 225 '09 XT at around 1300 miles
May 12, 2008 (6:11 am)
Other than assorted creaks from dashboard, a misaligned drivers door and a few other minor things, the '09 XT I'm driving's shaping up as good for a first year model. Mileage is not great at 20 mpg (mix of city and country driving), but engine and transmission are responsive, seats comfortable, ride and handling good. A very practical vehicle, though the interior could use some nicer plastics and a few more built-in cargo nets (the latter's something Chevrolet got right with the Maxx).
#214 of 225 Re: '09 XT at around 1300 miles [kurtamaxxxguy]
May 12, 2008 (8:29 am)
Do you have any of the 3 nets for the cargo area?
We ordered ours with nets on both sides.
#215 of 225 Nets and cargo area
May 12, 2008 (10:56 pm)
I've got the three nets, plus the the rubber(?) fitted mat for for cargo area floor. Saves cleaning mud and other gunk from the floor's fabric!