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Considering what looks to be a lot of bushing work this spring, is it any easier to drop the rear sub-frame to get at everything? Is it even possible like other cars?

I haven't been under the rear of the 05 very much since selling the 01.

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Peter
 

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Yeah, you can drop the subframe, sure. It will make getting at the inner upper control arms much easier. Especially if you need to torch or cut bolts. I melted a few of those plastic gaurds with MAP gas on my 2005 trying to get those subborn one off and I had to end up cutting bolts both sides.
 

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Does anybody do it that way, or just go with the flow and work piece by piece?

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Does anybody do it that way, or just go with the flow and work piece by piece?

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I have done the swaps of like parts side to side, on the car. One set at a time. I have only removed the sub-frame once in my life, to swap the gas tank.
 

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if you have significant rust in your area in your general i'd just start by doing everything you can without dropping it and not touch it unless it's absolutely necessary.
 

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I have heard the subframe bolts that go into hidden welded nuts on the frame topside don't cooperate.
True story. I broke one of those off (bolt froze in nut, broke welds between nut and body) and had to cut a hole in the floor under the back seat to get to it. I wouldn't attempt to remove these bolts on a rusty car unless you're prepared to grind and weld your way out of trouble.
 

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True story. I broke one of those off (bolt froze in nut, broke welds between nut and body) and had to cut a hole in the floor under the back seat to get to it. I wouldn't attempt to remove these bolts on a rusty car unless you're prepared to grind and weld your way out of trouble.
I remember that ...

The only RSF I have ever dropped was on this car ....

http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/109-gen-3-2005-2009/462977-fuel-leak-05-obxt.html

car was from CapeCod and NYC (I think) anyway. We didn't break anything. I was a bit nervous about it.
 
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