Originally posted by feuser
Plate is attached with 4 bolts. No wobble here.
I also closed the hatch with two pieces of neoprene rubber wedged in next to the tail lights (See thread Rattle in rear of '06 OBW XT)
No joy yet; next i'll try and drive with the tail gate open and see what happens (except my stuff falling out)
buzzbuzz = feuser.
The new alias is courtesy of my little son naming our Outback after a few rides in the OB.
The rattle however is gone.
I had a set of KYB shocks/struts with new top mounts front (OEM) and rear (KYB) put into the car. At the same time, the front sway bar bushings were replaced and a pair of new end links (front) installed.
The car is quiet over bumps now and feels much more attached to the road. The rear wheels would pogo after going over a recessed manhole cover and hitting the brakes on uneven surfaces would cause the ABS to activate. I have never felt the ABS kick in in my old 98 wagon except on ice or sometimes wet and slick roads.
I could not drive the car between installs, but I am fairly certain that there were two separate noise sources: the sway bar bushings and the strut mounts.
The former are easy to replace in DIY, the latter should be done when replacing the stock struts.
FWIW: It took several attempts to get the right part for front strut mounts from online stores and dealers. Maybe bad luck. Here are the part numbers:
20320AG00A = B13 Legacy/Outback MY 05+ USA
20320AG000 = B13 Legacy/Outback MY 04+ Europe
20320AA100 = B12 Legacy/Outback MY 00-04 USA