First off - Thanks to the moderator for the welcome. My apologies for making a somewhat duplicate topic thread. I should have searched a bit more.
I have been lurking the Subaru forums for a while, but have just recently made an account. Hello all!
Second - In regards to the new blue Honeywell/FRAM filter.... While I'm not a fan of the construction and certain materials method of FRAM I do believe it's extremely important to use a filter with a bypass spring/valve rated for your engine. As others have mentioned before there doesn't seem to be any aftermarket filters that properly cover this spec (23 PSI). I was initially a bit displeased with the discovery that FRAM makes their new filters; however, I think they're still the best for your Subaru. What good does a high quality WIX, Purolator, K&N, etc... do if some of the oil is recirculating completely unfiltered? I imagine, for folks that change their oil regularly this never becomes a noticeable issue. It's folks that might go for a long time or operate in extreme conditions.
Last - Just a little bit about myself. I have a 1995 Subaru Legacy L Outback 2.2 liter 5-speed and coming up on 413,000 miles. I've done most all of the maintainance myself and I've never used aftermarket parts. I've changed the oil every 3,000 miles / 3 months myself since I got it with 10W-30 dino oil brands. Perhaps that's a bit excessive frequency to some folks, but hey... 413,000 miles
The only thing major it has needed was a new transmission around 320,000 miles.
This has been the best vehicile I have ever owned so if I get too hung up on the details of certain parts forgive me.
Thanks for all the good info and discussion. I know there's more stuff I'm curious about, I just can't think of it at the moment. More to come later I guess!