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I Rain-Xed the windshield (Actually, I got carried away and put Rain-X on all the windows)

I put ScotchGuard on all the seats and carpet.

I removed this warning sticker that proves the car is Japanese:


I discovered that the visors are too thick to clip my garage remote on, so I used Velcro to attach it next to the parking brake:


This afternoon, I'm going to stop by the window tint place to see if they can tint the driver and front passenger windows to match the rest of the windows.

If I have time, I'm going to remove the fog lights and paint the silver black.
 

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If I get home in time, mine is getting the Load Warraior roof basket installed. Tomorrow it gets a clear bra installed. Saturday it may get the dealer "We Owe" media hub installed. It will be a busy weekend for the new addition!
 

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CheesyRider said:

I removed this warning sticker that proves the car is Japanese:

To me it looks like that warning sticker proves the car is American. I'll translate the legalese into plain english. "WARNING Some time in the past an idiot put something heavy on the roof of his car and damaged the sunroof and scratched the paint. He then sued us for his stupidity and won. We now put this warning sticker here to stop future lawsuits from American idiots."

Here are some more warning labels to which this one could be added.
 

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Hi Peter, I too am planning to do the same and was wondering what kind of deal they gave you for performing the swap? Or are you keeping the Contis? I had a set of OEM Contis on my last car and couldn't get them off of there soon enough so I plan on doing it ASAP when my car arrives....

Thanks...Dean
 

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Peter_Headland said:
Dropped it in at the tire place to replace the OEM ContiPros with Goodyear Assurance TripleTreds.
Peter, Would like to hear your impression after the swap, please.
 

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MtnBikr said:
what kind of deal they gave you for performing the swap?
They didn't want to do any kind of trade, because 225/60R17 is not a common size that they could easily sell in a week or two. Plus the usual worries about liability if a used tire fails and causes damage or injury.

I tried the dealer that sold me the car and they were equally unenthusiastic.

Right now, I am hoping to find a buyer for them on Craig's List.

If all else fails, I will just give them to our nearest Subaru dealer - it's senseless to have them go for scrap.
 

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MtnBikr said:
Hi Peter, I too am planning to do the same and was wondering what kind of deal they gave you for performing the swap? Or are you keeping the Contis? I had a set of OEM Contis on my last car and couldn't get them off of there soon enough so I plan on doing it ASAP when my car arrives....

Thanks...Dean
Whats wrong the Contis that one could not wait to replace after they wear out?
 

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Whats wrong the Contis that one could not wait to replace after they wear out?
They are mid-range (aka mediocre) tires that Subaru chose as much for cost as for performance. The Goodyears are a superior tire. Take a look on TireRack for comparisons, etc. The biggest ding against the Contis is snow & ice performance. We have the Goodyears on our minivan and they are excellent in all conditions.

Assuming the Contis last about 30,000 miles, we would be driving around on them for more than three years. That's a long time to live with mediocre tires.

The past two new vehicles we bought, we waited for the OEM tires to wear out and really regretted doing that when we finally got premium tires fitted.
 

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YMMV, I've rolled through two sets of ContiPro's on a Passat 4Motion and they're fine. The Passat handled great, wet and snow was no problem. Fine ride and quiet. On the test drive before buying the Outback the salesman was white knuckeled as I pushed the Conti's for all they could take. The side walls aren't that stiff, but make no mistake, the 3.6R is no sports car. I expect they will be as fine on the Outback as they were on the VW.
 

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I second Peter's comments 100%. I've had both the Goodyear ComfortTreads and TripleTreads and the winter/mud performance was day and night plus road noise is significantly reduced with the Goodyear tire. Also, I have found the Goodyears to last a really long, long time; the treadwear rating is much higher and they last longer than the rating implies (that rating is a bit hokey from all I've read, but the Goodyears do not disappoint).

My current Goodyears have 60k miles on them and are still in very good shape while the Contis only gave me 35k and were very bald by that time. Swapping them out at a place like Discount also allows you to pick up the road hazard insurance which around here has paid for itself way too many times.

I will definitely do as Peter and bail on the Continentals as soon as my car comes in. Discount Tire told me that they will review on a case by case basis, but will give at least $20/tire for the Continental tires depending on condition. Not a whole lot, but the incremental cost of upgrading to the Goodyears is totally worth it for me. Even at a dead loss for the Continentals, $500 or so over 5 years is worth it for the performance improvement.
 

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Triple treads were part of the deal buying my 2010 3.6ltd. I don't know if the dealer or Town Fair Tire wound up with the Conti's, but they were swapped out pre-delivery and I received a 75.00 credit per tire.
Now-for what I did today. Compounded and waxed the entire vehicle. Drove under a Highway bridge that was being repainted and the vehicle was covered with white overspray, and felt like a piece of 120 grit sandpaper. Pain in the a--, and no recourse. Looks great, but my back is killing me.
 

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I have a race tomorrow (half marathon with the wife!) so I think my weekend work on the OB is done. Here is what I got done:

1) Installed Yakima Load Warrior basket - The install was simple but I think it would be nearly impossible to do alone. Here are the pictures:

Yakima Basket

2) Clear Bra Installed - No pics yet but I got the entire front end, headlights, A-pillars, mirrors, and leading edge of the roof done. The installer even did a custom piece for the chrome on the grille. I will get some pictures up soon.

3) Outback Detergent - While at the dealer, I scored some Outback Detergent!


4) Media Hub installed - This was a "We Owe" option that I had put in at the dealer today. Unfortunately, I got home to find that they scratched the ^&*^&( out of my dash. Not cool. Of course they were closed when I realized this.



-GT

Next up...getting the front windows tinted and getting the dealer to fix their goof up.
 

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Winter is coming...predictions are that it will be difficult to get winter tires later on (at least here, in Ontario). Today I went to the tire shop (recommended on the Toronto Subaru Club forum) and had Hankook W409 installed on 16" black steel rims. Looks so macho...Anyway, to my suprize they seem quiet in comparison with OEM ContiPro. I was told in a shop that it's not my imagination - a significant number of theirs customers do not like ContiPro. What a shame that they come with such a nice car!
 

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Detailed for the first time. Rain-X'd the windshield and rear glass. Got the front two windows tinted to match. Installed front bumper underguard. Remove emissions-exempt sticker. Still gotta clean the lugnut area on the wheels, has some sticky crap from shipping. Anyone get that stuff off? How??
 

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creso said:
Detailed for the first time. Rain-X'd the windshield and rear glass. Got the front two windows tinted to match. Installed front bumper underguard. Remove emissions-exempt sticker. Still gotta clean the lugnut area on the wheels, has some sticky crap from shipping. Anyone get that stuff off? How??
I had the same issue with the stuff around the lugs. I found that Goo Remover (same general stuff as goof off) removed it in no time and did not damage the wheels at all.
 

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Winter is coming...predictions are that it will be difficult to get winter tires later on (at least here, in Ontario). Today I went to the tire shop (recommended on the Toronto Subaru Club forum) and had Hankook W409 installed on 16" black steel rims. Looks so macho...Anyway, to my suprize they seem quiet in comparison with OEM ContiPro. I was told in a shop that it's not my imagination - a significant number of theirs customers do not like ContiPro. What a shame that they come with such a nice car!
How much & what tire shop? (I'm in Toronto)
 

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How much & what tire shop? (I'm in Toronto)
Hi Derek,

simplytire (www.simplytire.com). Looking at the receipt:
Subaru Steel Wheels 16x6.5 5x100 $55.00 x 4
215-65-16 Hankook W409 iPike 98 T $125.00 x4
Tire Tax 23.36
Mount, Balance and Install - included
GST $37.17
PST $59.47
Total $840.00

Plus an excellent service. Hope it helps.
 
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