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<Sigh> Like a middle-aged anatomy, my driver's-side sun visor is starting to sag. (This could well be due to my having had a hands-free phone device clipped to it, but, still...)

Instead of staying snugly tucked against the headliner in its up position, the visor hangs down at a 20° angle or so. The friction that keeps it from truly flopping around still functions, but the sag is a drag.

Any advice out there? Thanks, HPH
 

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Same problem on my 06. How much are they from the dealer?
I haven't checked, but the install involves electricity and at least partial headliner removal.

I'm hoping there's a quick trick. HPH
 

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Hmm. This might well be moved to "Parts" for better placement, given where I'm going here.

Anyway, I apologize to gravity for blaming it -- really, it was breakage of plastic that's the problem. Surgery revealed that the sun visor rotates fore and aft on metal clips around that rod it's mounted on (and that the wires for the mirror bulb thread through), and that the visor itself is held onto the clips by nylon tabs, which were broken on my driver's side one. The metal clips were still doing their job, but the visor was not connected to them any more.

Fred Bean (online) says that a replacement is $76+, a savings over the $101+ Subaru price. But they don't have color info, and I'm wondering about the installation process. My headliner and visors are light gray; maybe that's the only color. Installation, though, looks...um...interesting, given how it all came apart.

At least the surgery fixed the problem that the visor was obstructing my view out the windshield, but the morning drive into the Sun is going to be a real bitch.

I'm not quite sure why this would have broken, except that I have a sunscreen that I use daily, so the visors (which hold it in place) get a lot of exercise. Maybe the nylon tabs just don't like exercise. HPH
 

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Huh. Great. How integral are the nylon tabs to the infrastructure of the visor? Pics? I'm guessing no way you can buy just the tabs...
 

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Here is the page with pictures for my model year (I need #13), so, no, I think it's all or nothing. HPH
 

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I recently replaced mine, it was rather easy. I bought mine from the dealer for around $100. I don't know how much it would have been to have them install it, but it would have to been really cheap to make it worth it.
 

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I recently replaced mine, it was rather easy.
Oohh! I do like easy. Does it just slide on? Or did you replace the L-shaped mounting bar, too? HPH
 

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Surgery revealed that the sun visor rotates fore and aft on metal clips around that rod it's mounted on (and that the wires for the mirror bulb thread through), and that the visor itself is held onto the clips by nylon tabs, which were broken on my driver's side one.
I have an 07 as well, and I'm trying to visualize the clips and tabs . . .

Any chance of posting some photos of the patient after the revealing surgery?
 

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I'll get some pictures. I ordered a new visor today, and I'm going to be interested to see how it installs.

All this stuff (clips, etc.) is contained inside the cover of the visor, which has to be cut open to get at everything, so it's pretty much a destructive un-install (meaning the patient died during the surgery). HPH
 

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Here are some post-mortem pictures. Now, even though our Outback is an 07, it must be a late-year build, because both visors have vanity mirrors, and the part is listed properly on the 08 pages, at least at Fred Bean's Parts.

This first picture is the L-bar that emerges from the headliner; here, it's swung back along the side window. Note the metal clips that provide the friction of the visor on the bar and the little tab on the bar itself that must be an alignment tab. The wires are for the vanity mirror light.


Here's the visor itself during the autopsy, showing the nylon tabs that broke (the half circles), the slots into which the black clamps fit, and, at the back, the little tunnel through which the wires go to get to the mirror lamp. Note that most of the structure of the visor is Styrofoam.



What I'm assuming is this: the black clamps come off and the new visor slides on (after I thread the wires appropriately). We'll see. HPH
 

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I suspect that the rod and plastic parts are molded together on the rod and the styrofoam is then molded around them. In other words, the rod, and what you show in the photos (great, by the way!) are not separable.

Part #13 on the linked Fred Beans page might actually be the whole assembly including the rod. (It's the most expensive component, and the rod does not seem to be listed separately. If the visor itself were available separately, the rod would be as well.)

Guess you'll see when it arrives.
 

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Yeah, that might be correct -- and then I'll have to figure out how to get into the headliner -- maybe the plastic at the base of the rod snaps off somehow. HPH
 

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FSM procedure looks simple enough -- no mention of dropping the headliner. According to the wiring harness diagrams, it looks as if the vanity light connector should be up in the roof just above the mount. If it doesn't have Homelink, it's just a two pin connector.
 

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Ah! Excellent! I'm sure that'll help a lot. Thanks, HPH
 

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Followup: The PDF two posts up was helpful, although not as much as it could have been.

The trick with this is to get that cover off, the (rounded-corner) triangular plastic piece that covers the screws. In the picture in the PDF, note the two little notches on the visor assembly itself. In real life, there are actually four, those two and others on the two remaining sides of the visor base. These are places where little plastic tabs on the triangular cover snap onto the base.

It does not really slide off as the picture sort of implies. I used a plastic, wedged-shaped tool to slide between the headliner and the edge of the cover to unsnap two of these tabs, and it popped right off. The first time is the most difficult (especially with 5-year old plastic); now it'll be easier if I need to do this again. I doubt it'll come loose by accident, though.

The rest is trivial -- two screws and the electrical connection.

The new visor came from Fred Bean for under $100 including shipping. Warning: They, and the other vendors I checked, insist that they ship to your billing address. Also, although there are two colors for the interior (seats and so on), there's only the silver/gray headliner color for all 2008 Legacies, apparently, so color choice isn't an issue. HPH
 

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Thanks for the update; yes, the FSM often does tend to oversimplify and/or not provide some of those small details that end up being important (or broken!). I wonder if the writers assume that the little cover is being replaced as well so a snapped-off tab isn't ca concern. In any event, glad it all worked out for you.
 

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That's the exact part that broke on mine. Those nylon rings around the black clamps.

Sorry I didn't check back sooner but it looks like you got it all figured out. The hardest part was getting that cover off. I used a flat head screwdriver to pry it off and now it's pretty scratched up.
 
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