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Old 22nd July 2014, 06:18 AM
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I just hook a pair of long noses under em. They either come out or they break. Gets em off either way so I don't really care.
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Old 22nd July 2014, 09:11 AM
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^ That didn't work either.

Today I am wearing a back brace, and have had to lie down almost all day, cos the "exercise" seems to have stirred that up badly as well ... Grrrr .
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.... Magnesium Ratbag. Take some & soak in some ... Epsom salts bath does wonders.

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Thanks for the suggestion, S2.

My back's not just sore. What's wrong with it shows up on every scan/X ray I have. Seems that I have stirred it up a bit. SWMBO suggested that I get into the spa bath for a bit, and I told her that I couldn't get in, and if I could, I wouldn't be able to get out again ...

It is feeling a bit better this morning, so hopefully it will be a couple of days job; not a six week episode. I just need to be careful for a few days or a week. The (soft) back brace reminds me not to do anything stupid as much as it provides support. It's for the lumbar-sacral area where I have a slightly damaged disc (L5/S1). There is another one damaged at T12/L1, but it doesn't usually cause me any grief these days.
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Gidday KF

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Originally Posted by kiwifoz View Post
Damn, that was bad luck! The clips on my spats were all fine, came out with a flat screwdriver to lever and some encouragement from a pair of pliers! My L series bashplate took about an hour to install, including widening the bottom bolt holes as the Forester has them spaced about a cm further apart.
Glad that they work for somebody ... .

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Also, laterally to the headers, what other models of Subaru are those black bits of metal that go under the front suspension arms on? I don't recall having seen them on many - they appear to be there to reinforce the subframe.
Not sure which bits you are referring to, but according to the Subaru Tech Specs pamphlet for the SG Series I (29 page PDF that makes for some interesting reading ... ), it has 29% greater torsional rigidity than the last model SF. That's one hell of a lot of strengthening! I know that they added all sorts of additional strengthening of the front and rear sub-frames, as well as greatly reinforcing the passenger cell. All this contributes to better handling, braking and crash worthiness, quite apart from making the structure of the car more durable in use.

More of this was added in the SG Series II; and our MY10 SH is stronger again, the obvious points in the SH being the dirty great bolts that lock into the door sills on the rear doors and the hooks at the rear lip of the bonnet that lock into receivers welded into the firewall structure in the event of a front end stack.
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Think I should replace them all with a standard auto press Clip.
I too was thinking a 2 min job.... Not the case
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Get yourself a trim removal kit - very useful for getting under those plugs:
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/4pcs-New-...-/190720097575
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I made a tool out of stainless...but I still hate them. They vibrate and wear the clip and the panel. Designed to fail.
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