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Service (Shop) Manuals?

So, after the 2007 model-year of WRX/STI, Subaru stopped offering paper service manuals.  Instead, they offer them online (for a fee).  A 3-day subscription will give you access to the online database of manuals.  You can download the PDFs for later use.


Some forums also have PDF copies of the service manuals.  IWSTI, for example, has them in their Donating Member section.  Also, a quick scour of the web (via Google) may get you some hits.

What Forums Do I Frequent?

I’m not sure if you guys are curious as to what internet forums I frequent (in relation to Subarus), but I’m a member of the following forums:





i-club.com (registered tonight)

Of the above, IWSTI is my favorite by far.  ClubWRX is the next favorite but I rarely post on that particular forum.

Regarding NASIOC, I mostly read there.  I’ve a post count of 2.  In my first post, I immediately had a run-in with Unabomber…he tried to be a dick to a poster regarding a him asking questions about a Setting Saver (Unabomber said they were non-existent) and I provided a link showing that they indeed existed.  Unabomber never responded.  This berating of new Subaru owners turned me off and I stopped using that forum as a resource.  I’ve only just started using it as a resource again.  There’s a gold mine of information there (there’s so much of it that it’s rather disorganized).  And they’re extremely rough on anyone that’s not deemed part of the popular crowd.

I’ll be reading up on i-club.com the next few weeks, just to see how it compares to the other forums I frequent.  It is not a quiet forum, so I might actually find good info there…I’ll let you know.

I usually go by either ‘unixfool’ or ‘NoVaSTI’ on those forums.

EDIT:  I forgot about Flat4va.com, so I added it.  Also, I registered on i-club.com and the site gets a fair amount of traffic, as it’s been around awhile, but on a day-to-day basis, it’s a bit quiet.  Also, most of the traffic appears to occur from California users. Does it matter?  It depends on what I’m looking for.  It’s obvious I can’t use that site to arrange local meets or ask if anyone has local parts, but for general information, it may suffice (it’s certainly no NASIOC or IWSTI, though).

For those who think that their WRXs and STIs don’t need appropriate tires…

Here ya go!

The forum thread includes pictures.

The OP states:

was heading to work, we had just got about 3″ of snow… coming into a turn, only the car didnt turn it went straight. Took out 4 aluminum poles about 3″ in diameter concreted in the ground, which explains the right rear wheel tucking up in the body. they were some cheap a** tires that came on the car when i bought it…

Anyway ended up hitting head on with a telephone pole…

Someone asked him:

Did you have snow tires on?

And the OP stated:

… I did not have snow tires on. Probably would have been a different out come if i did.

And there it is, folks.  There are several other similar posts this winter about the same topic (someone wrecked their car because they didn’t have the right tires or were trying to get by with the summers).

Yes, I know it sucks for this guy and I’m not making light of his situation, but everyone can learn from this and spin it as a positive.