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In this video we give some tips and tricks on installing upgraded braking components on the Subaru Forester XT. Most people will jump straight to a big brake upgrade from Brembo, Willwood or the like, but thats really overkill for most of us with daily driven street cars. If you're racing those brakes are a good option but if you're not (or you cant afford them), then here's some good options. The factory 2/1 pistons calipers are great for daily drivers, and with some affordable upgrades can keep up for spirited driving whilst maintaining quiet operations with high initial bite. Even more braking power can be found with higher friction pad materials and exotic rotors!
Stainless steel lines greatly improve the performance of the stock brake system by reducing expansion losses in pressure. The side effect is a more precise stability control system, and enhanced anti-slip properties for the differentials. For those that dont know, non-STI model Subaru's use the ABS system to apply braking to limit wheel spin instead of the traditional LSD.
Whats the next big thing in automotive lighting? LED's. Cooler running, lower power consumption, fast "flash off", longer usable life, in recent years manufacturers have slowly been replacing their standard incandescent & halogen bulbs with LED arrays to take advantage of the benefits. The aftermarkets not far behind, offering replacement bulbs to fit almost all makes and models into standard housings.
Compatibility with factory housings is especially good news for headlamp upgrades! Normally you'd install a HID which is too long for the housing, placing the bulb outside the "sweet spot" for the reflectors causing glare for oncoming traffic and poor projection. An alternative is to use projector replacement housings, but they're expensive, require considerably more work and typically are poorly constructed with cheap materials.
Finally you might consider a high output halogen, these run hotter than standard bulbs and risk yellowing or melting the housings.
So here's a demonstration of LED's installed into OEM housings on a Chevy Aveo.
In this DIY we show you how quick and easy it can be to get a showroom clean on any car! We'll be using Meguiar's & Mother's products to detail the exterior of the car.
Clean the wheels & mud flaps with Meguiar's Hot Rims Aluminum
Restore the exterior plastics with Mothers Back-to-Black
Clean the paint surface with a Meguiar's Clay bar kit
Polish & Buff the paint using Meguiar's DA Power System & White Wax Paste. Note: we also use Ultimate Compound to restore gloss, but this steps not neccessary unless the paints scuffed, damaged, oxidized or freshly painted. Dont use compound everytime!
Then seal in the shine and protect the paint with a quality wax, we chose a synthetic paste but the choice is entirely personal. Ultimate Paste Wax kit
The end results worth the efforts!