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Old 10th January 2014, 22:04   #106
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That's a nice price since the shipping is free.
I will be ordering mine shortly.
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Free shipping would be just within USA.
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Free shipping would be just within USA.
The option doesn't show up when viewing the item. However, once you add to cart and checkout, they offer free global shipping option and billing in INR.
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Amazon's Global Saver indeed works.
The Exedy kit was delivered today sans any extra charges.
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Update:
Amazon's Global Saver indeed works.
The Exedy kit was delivered today sans any extra charges.
Does this kit include Clutch plate, pressure plate and release bearing?
Have you got it installed? How does it feel?
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Does this kit include Clutch plate, pressure plate and release bearing?
Have you got it installed? How does it feel?
The kits contains the clutch plate, pressure plate, release bearing, pilot bearing, centering tool (plastic) and a small tube of grease.
It has not been installed yet as I am still waiting for the Group N transmission mount and pitch stop mount to come in.
Also changing out the shifter bushes to COBB polyurethane units along with a COBB short shifter
I am hoping to get it all installed in a fortnight or so.
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It has not been installed yet as I am still waiting for the Group N transmission mount and pitch stop mount to come in.
Also changing out the shifter bushes to COBB polyurethane units along with a COBB short shifter
I am hoping to get it all installed in a fortnight or so.
Interesting. Do you think this will eliminates the 'notchy' feel of the Forester gear?
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Interesting. Do you think this will eliminates the 'notchy' feel of the Forester gear?

It should. There is not much apart from them to lend slop to the gear linkages.
I will be changing out the front shifter bushing (20) and rear shifter bushing (30) with COBB units.
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It should. There is not much apart from them to lend slop to the gear linkages.
I will be changing out the front shifter bushing (20) and rear shifter bushing (30) with COBB units.
would this also help in getting the gear shifts better?

I was always apprehensive about these
http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...roducts_id=707

Would love to know how your mods go.
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A short shifter will only affect the shift lever throw and in fact more force will be needed to slot into gears due to reduced leverage.
It's the linkages and bushes which improve the shift quality.
I already have the COBB Short shifter and it is adjustable for both height and throw. Let's see how it goes.
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A short shifter will only affect the shift lever throw and in fact more force will be needed to slot into gears due to reduced leverage.
It's the linkages and bushes which improve the shift quality.
I already have the COBB Short shifter and it is adjustable for both height and throw. Let's see how it goes.
Good stuff! Will be staying tuned for an update.
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During the recent service at Trident Chevy, they have suggested me to replace the clutch (along with few other things!). Since it feels quite heavy, SA feels I need to replace the clutch plate, pressure plate and release bearing.
But can a worn out clutch make it feel heavy to operate? I thought it isn't connected as the light/heavy depends on the hydraulic assistance, lubrication etc.
Following are the 'symptoms' on my car's clutch
  1. Considerably heavy/tight
  2. First half or more of the pedal travel doesn't do anything (disengaging)
  3. Car can actually crawl near zero speed without jerking
  4. Sometimes I feel the engine labors more then necessary to get the required speed
  5. FE of around 6.75 kmph in the city
  6. Slight jerk when I release the clutch during shifting

Experts, pls comment if you think these are sins of a worn out clutch?
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Following are the 'symptoms' on my car's clutch
  1. Considerably heavy/tight
  2. First half or more of the pedal travel doesn't do anything (disengaging)
  3. Car can actually crawl near zero speed without jerking
  4. Sometimes I feel the engine labors more then necessary to get the required speed
  5. FE of around 6.75 kmph in the city
  6. Slight jerk when I release the clutch during shifting

Worn pressure plate fingers will cause the pedal to become hard and also cause the engaging/disengaging
to happen over a shorter travel play, which could cause jerking while releasing the clutch due to sudden engagement.

The fuel consumption and acceleration should not be affected unless the clutch is worn out enough to slip under load.
Apart from checking the regular items (plugs, filters, throttle body clean) also look at the O2 sensor.
A failing O2 might not throw a CEL but still cause low power and increased fuel consumption.
Does your car idle OK?
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The fuel consumption and acceleration should not be affected unless the clutch is worn out enough to slip under load.
I have not felt it slipping under load. Probably the pressure plate is gone. In any case I have decided to replace it and I have gone ahead with the order.

@gotzuk, have you come across any alternative solution for struts replacement? With the KYB one has to replace the springs as well which makes it expensive and complex (apparently some springs are pig tailed at top some are chopped, which may lead to compatibility issues)
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@gotzuk, have you come across any alternative solution for struts replacement? With the KYB one has to replace the springs as well which makes it expensive and complex (apparently some springs are pig tailed at top some are chopped, which may lead to compatibility issues)
The self leveling rear struts have a shorter spring than the regular strut.
So when swapping out to any non self leveling unit a matching spring is also needed.

A set of 4 KYB GR2's are about $400 on eBay and OEM springs for the rear are around 70 each.
Add shipping and import duty and I reckon they would cost a little over $900 delivered here.

OTOH, the Tokico self leveling struts alone cost around 60k plus for a pair and Tokico fronts were around 17.5-20k last I checked.
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The self leveling rear struts have a shorter spring than the regular strut.
So when swapping out to any non self leveling unit a matching spring is also needed.
I believe these springs are also softer (less firm) as the self leveling struts itself takes part of the load.
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