Tuning a Forester Turbo

Tuning a Forester Turbo

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colGT

6 posts

153 months

Saturday 7th January 2012
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surrey7er said:
What year did the sportshift start?
Think it was available in the last of the SGs - late 05 through to 08

adingley84

332 posts

112 months

Sunday 15th January 2012
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ScoobieWRX said:
Foresters are heavier which you can really feel around corners and on undulating roads/humps, although that might well be equally due to the softer suspension and taller ride height, and the gearing is different to the WRX.
First up, the Forester is a phenominal car and I love it. It weighs only 60kg ish more which is less than a passenger, so yeah it is the ride height and softer suspension which makes it different in 'the twisties'. I've run my manual 2.5xt for 30k miles and can offer the following advice/info.

- 30/31mpg at 75/80mph
- 26mpg average over 30k miles
- Foot to the floor it can do WAY less tho.
- Change tyres from Yokohama Geolanders as they squeal way too easily.
- Hayward and Scott backbox gave mine the perfect burble with no other mods needed.

Let me know if you have any other specific questions


Edited by adingley84 on Sunday 15th January 22:06

Crazysteve

90 posts

103 months

Monday 16th January 2012
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Hi, i've had my 2.5XTN 2005 for over 2 years now.
Awesome car, did not buy it for it's mpg
But they can have problems:

But before doing any mods, my first job would be to check the oil pickup pipe as it can be prone to crack.
Mine did destroying the bottom end. (77k)
Looking at fitting a oil pressure gauge, as the oil pressure switch only operates at approx 4psi
Sorry about being negative but over 3k to rebuild, sort of leaves a sour taste.
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f87/has-an...

arfur

3,178 posts

164 months

Monday 16th January 2012
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Crazysteve said:
Hi, i've had my 2.5XTN 2005 for over 2 years now.
Awesome car, did not buy it for it's mpg
But they can have problems:

But before doing any mods, my first job would be to check the oil pickup pipe as it can be prone to crack.
Mine did destroying the bottom end. (77k)
Looking at fitting a oil pressure gauge, as the oil pressure switch only operates at approx 4psi
Sorry about being negative but over 3k to rebuild, sort of leaves a sour taste.
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f87/has-an...
The head gasket went on mine a few months ago at 115k miles

2.5k to have fixed in total ... not funny

ScoobieWRX

4,863 posts

176 months

Monday 16th January 2012
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I've only heard about the oil pickups cracking/breaking on 2.5's. Not something i've ever come across on the 2Ltr lump although newage 2ltr except 2005 model can suffer with oil pump issues and go pop as my old WRX engine did.

Sorry to hear about that. It's never a cheap solution to that problem.

McSwerve II

297 posts

149 months

Wednesday 18th January 2012
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Having just collected a 2005 2.5 xt for the Mrs, we’re currently loving it.

However the oil pick up pipe is a bit of a worry. Has anyone replaced their’s with an uprated one from the US? (can’t remember the company off the top of my head)

The part is only about £120 (plus a bit for import tax) and looks pretty good, but not knowing my way round the engine bay yet, I’m not sure what a good independent would charge to install.

Cheers

markCSC

2,984 posts

165 months

Wednesday 18th January 2012
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McSwerve II said:
Having just collected a 2005 2.5 xt for the Mrs, we’re currently loving it.

However the oil pick up pipe is a bit of a worry. Has anyone replaced their’s with an uprated one from the US? (can’t remember the company off the top of my head)

The part is only about £120 (plus a bit for import tax) and looks pretty good, but not knowing my way round the engine bay yet, I’m not sure what a good independent would charge to install.

Cheers
this one? http://www.killerbmotorsport.com/index_files/Ultim...

instructions here http://www.killerbmotorsport.com/index_files/Picku...

oh and found this on SBNET http://bbs.scoobynet.com/general-technical-10/9176...


Edited by markCSC on Wednesday 18th January 14:46

STURBO

293 posts

110 months

Wednesday 18th January 2012
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I got a 2004 Forester 2.5XT with the PPP in November.

Since then I've done 2k miles. Love it so far.

Fast, great in snow and gets 30mpg on motorway. Over 2k miles has averaged 25mpg.

Can't think of anything else that gives the same performance and capability for the money.

Here's a pic of mine in France: