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Old 14th September 2017, 09:01 PM
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I run a standard clutch with a dual range box behind a tuned H6. I carry reasonably heavy loads and have never had a problem.
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Old 14th September 2017, 09:34 PM
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I had to google hantavirus, not something you want to catch. I don't blame you for not wanting to work in the garage!

What bushes did you replace? Curious because I've only replaced some on mine.
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I had to google hantavirus, not something you want to catch. I don't blame you for not wanting to work in the garage!

What bushes did you replace? Curious because I've only replaced some on mine.
I replaced every single bushing on the car. Rear trailing arm, lateral link bushings, diff bushings, front control arm bushings, etc. I would have to say I DO NOT recommend replacement with Urethane bushings. WAY too stiff and makes the Forester ride more like a truck. Mine are just starting to break in a bit, but I do regret going the easier Urethane route. When I do my dual-range and diff swap, I will probably remove most of the bushings and press in new OEM bushings.
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Old 15th September 2017, 08:50 PM
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I used SuperPro caster offset bushes for the lower control arms, love the extra caster, makes the steering heaps better. They're urethane but I don't think those ones affect ride quality much. I have heard that about some of the other bushes though.

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I wouldn't be looking at a lightened flywheel in an offroader - it'll make low rev stuff difficult to maintain.

Welcome back. I know how frustrating it is having your offroader actually off the road for a period of time for maintenance or modification... One year for a gearbox rebuild for me.

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Interesting experience with the bushes.

I tend to mix and match based on their application and ease of installation (I'm pretty lazy).

OEM rubber is preferred -- we're not trying to make a track car, and you don't have to worry about squeaking and greasing the silly things. I'm also concerned urethane bushes may have a tendency to get dust and sand in them and prematurely wear.

However, for applications like diff mounts (inserts), steering rack (rubber bushes destroyed by minor oil leak), shift stay and the rear trailing arms (bugger to install OEM without a press) -- I've gone urethane.

I have noticed a bit more noise some - like the trailing arms, DIY urethane-filled gearbox mount and the shift stay, but they're not annoying, and change like the shifter has made driving much more pleasant.

Thinking of filling the engine/bulkhead stay bushes -- but suspect that would lead to plenty of extra unwanted noise.
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I wouldn't be looking at a lightened flywheel in an offroader - it'll make low rev stuff difficult to maintain.
I agree with you, Bennie.
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So, standard flywheel and standard Exedy N/A clutch. Got it. Now just to source WRX Sedan front axles, and to source the interior trim pieces.

If anyone knows of a place to get the interior trim pieces and low-range handle, I'd appreciate it!
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Old 19th September 2017, 07:36 PM
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@Blue Fox, if you get stuck, I can ship a Manual NA Shifter surround over from AU.
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I replaced every single bushing on the car. Rear trailing arm, lateral link bushings, diff bushings, front control arm bushings, etc. I would have to say I DO NOT recommend replacement with Urethane bushings. WAY too stiff and makes the Forester ride more like a truck. Mine are just starting to break in a bit, but I do regret going the easier Urethane route. When I do my dual-range and diff swap, I will probably remove most of the bushings and press in new OEM bushings.
There are urethane bushes, and there are urethane bushes. Some are better than others. I have urethane bushes in almost every place in my Forester and I don't find it a problem. Conversely, I had another brand in my WRX which disintegrated in a short time. In the rear hub bush (the big one) I had 2 inches of movement in that one alone per side. Car was very sideways and until I saw what happened I could not figure out why.

What low range ratio are you getting in the dual range box?
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