June 20, 2012

Fixing the Subaru – rear suspension and shock absorber

Filed under: Cars — tattiehouse @ 08:45

So we’re “down south” just now doing a few bits and one of the must do jobs was fix the Subaru. Anyone following the blog will know the load when we came North must have been the straw that broke the camels back as ever since that load, the suspension on the back has been non-existent!

So, as my Dad is a mechanic by trade  (and also sorting the boat out), another vehicle of mine to look at was no problem….!

Ordered the suspension from the UK distribution company for http://www.pedders.com/ as these guys look like they do decent suspension and everything arrived the next day (Tuesday) with DPD (the DPD guy used to deliver to me when I worked at www.ttg-group.com so had a chat with him too) :)!

Like most jobs, you need the right tools to complete this one as the springs need to be compressed to remove them and add new ones. I went for new shocks and springs on the rear as the whole lot probably needed doing.

This is the back right with all the suspension removed (and the wheel gone). You need to plug the brake to stop fluid coming out too.

And this is what it looks like once the fancy new shocker and spring are in….

Spring and shocker for the rear right.

He loves working on cars really…..!

So, with that all done, the car should be pretty good at taking the extra heavy loads I put on it now. I also opted for the raised suspension so it’s a little more pumped up than normal.

I’ll leave you with the picture of the old shock absorbers, the one on the left is the rear right shock, it should be the same as the other shock in the picture (the better one didn’t give much resistance mind)……


  1. I’ve been following your blog for a while now, I thought I would mention importcarparts.co.uk if your looking for “genuine” subaru parts at a huge deal less than the “stealership”.
    I drive a legacy myself, (1996).

    I remember a few years back crawling through the woods infront of tattie house with the Kubota mini digger hunting for suitable sites for a septic tank with the highland councils planning man when there was talk of the council taking on tattie house.
    Needless to say all we found was bog and bedrock, and I think the plan was soon scuppered as financially unviable or something..

    Also spent a few days in there hunting old herringbone drains with a spade trying to trace where the drainage went originally.

    Greetings from an Ex-rum person!

    Comment by DanielC — June 20, 2012 @ 16:34

    • Hi Dan,

      Thanks for the message. Subaru prices are bad but these bits are got were ok I think and the car is completely different now. Will try the site you mention next time for anything.

      Not a big car person myself but the Subaru Forester is pretty good in all fairness so far. Just needed lots of bits doing to it since i bought it due to age etc. It’s cheap as chips when running on gas though.

      As for Tattie House, I’ve got all the council plans from back in the day it was going to be converted and a house built next door to match. I’ve found all the drains for the house/septic tank as I’m hooked in although it did look as if the old water from the roof went to the ditches nearby but I never chased the new pipe as I’m putting all new stuff in.

      The herringbone drains are all over Tattie House and run down from North East to South West from the croft behind into the main burn that’s up the side of Tattie House and a small ditch for storm water. As I had a digger kicking about, I put in modern land drain to circle the house so all rain/land water would flow into the ditches again.

      All the old drains on the croft land are full of silt and in desperate need of digging out and fresh drainage being put in…..

      If you ever come over to Rum, please come up to Tattie House for a chat…


      Comment by tattiehouse — June 20, 2012 @ 17:17

  2. Did you get just the house or also tattie field?

    There used to be issues with the sheet water not penetrating into the bedrock under the topsoil, it getting waterlogged and running all the way down to the back of the tattie house, a landdrain was added perpendicular into the burn/ditch whatever you call it near where the weather station “globe” is for measuring the sunlight (if its still there)

    I also cleared the whole ditch system from the top of the field parallel to the stone wall all the way down the track right up towards the workshop, adding some “speed bumps” on the track itself to divert the water off the road and back into the field towards back bothy’s ruins. The cultvert pipe at lea cottage I used to clear it out every 2-3 months as it would simply silt up again right before where it goes under the road.

    The metal I beam between workshop and lea cottage is also my work, as one night half the road washed away (4ft grand canyon from the back of lea cottage all the way up to where the old fuel bowser is (if its still there)) and the old wood workshop went swimming.. that’s why all the drains were cleared out and flood water diverted etc..

    I really miss the “estate workers” job and the place even more!

    Still, last time I was over I noticed GG put in water and did the track up to smoothen it out a bit for you, so that’s one step ahead!

    I don’t think I’ll be UK side this year, but I’ll definately come see you (if you’re there!) when im over some time.

    Comment by DanielC — June 20, 2012 @ 21:25

    • Ian, it might amuse you to see what I’m up to over here 🙂


      Just so you know you’re not the only one doing forced labour haha


      Comment by DanielC — July 15, 2012 @ 15:41

      • Hi Dan,

        Thanks for the link. Had a quick look and looks similar to what I’ve been doing….Will add you to the blogs to follow.

        Why Slovakia out of interest?


        Comment by tattiehouse — July 15, 2012 @ 17:09

      • Hi Dan,

        I think the other new folk to Rum mentioned you contact them as you think there may be a an old electric spur up on the hill from and old mast that was there? Do you have the co-ordinates or anything? I’m doing the internet scheme here and would be interested to see the location(s)….


        Comment by tattiehouse — July 15, 2012 @ 17:17

      • Ian, not electric I believe, just BT cable which still gets picked up with the CAT detector.

        57.01404,-6.29352 Follow the tree line up from the glen road, and you will find the old quad bike marks. There were some remnants of car batteries and guy wires and stuff still up there.

        They should have just ran fiber when they did the mains water… There have been so many schemes coming and going now, its rediculous. I take it Avanti is out the window as well now?
        Does the old wireless network not function at all now or something?
        I used to look after the old setup when i was over there when it was still Aramiska or whatever the supply was, with all the repeater masts scattered across the village.
        That slowly packed up step by step, support/grants were withdrawn, aramiska went bust and they stepped over onto hughesnet, the island power used to wreck 1-2 VPN boxes next to the modem a year despite all the UPS’s etc.
        Then the stage of avanti came in after it all packed up more or less and everyone got a huge ugly dish on their house..

        What’s the plan now then?

        Slovakia, love, why else! hehe!

        Comment by DanielC — July 19, 2012 @ 22:04

      • Hi Dan,

        Sounds interesting, will head up there one day.

        All the old internet scheme’s have come and gone. Avanti is used in I think 2 houses now, everyone else uses HebNet which I’m a founding director of.

        HebNet is a communtiy run thing and it actually works and is cheaper than all the rest so it’s a no brainer really. Knoydart has jsut got 30Mb up/down and Rum will be getting that as soon as SNH do a load of paperwork so we can move our dish further up the hill. The kit we’ve got now also seems better with power although the power on Rum does go through a better process before being put on the grid.

        The old wireless was great in that they spent loads of money on waterproof cabinets that HebNet is now putting to much better use!


        Comment by tattiehouse — July 19, 2012 @ 22:13

      • I just had a look at the website, we had the Hi-Wide system at my parents place (Acharacle) which I also used to manage for the community, it was simply switched off after BT finally enabled ADSL.

        The fun thing is, apparently there is a Fiber optic cable running to the Ardtoe fish research centre, which we weren’t allowed to use at all, unless the community paid X sum to pick up the bill of installing it off whoever paid for it in the first place.

        So in other words, there’s a cable that runs past my parents doorstep they aren’t allowed to use, instead they are stuck on ADSL with about 6Mbit/s max and 20GB a month max (Even if it says “unlimited”, it means 20GB a month max.. as that is what they call “fair use” in their books.) Here in Slovakia I download all my content so rake up around 150GB a month without any questions asked.. Kinda hard when I go home and my parents start getting letters from the ISP that they are exceeding their limit!

        Just before I left Rum BT installed new microwave dishes capable of supporting ADSL I was told (In order to give the school their broadband). Has that never been enabled for the residential population on rum then?


        Comment by DanielC — July 19, 2012 @ 22:56

      • Hi Dan,

        The school does have a better connection along with SNH (also have a better connection). I think SNH have 4Mb lease line via microwave. I’m not sure on the schools but given there’s never going to be many kids there, can’t see it being great.

        We’ve experienced the same issues here with government/BT/etc as we know where there’s decent connections, it’s just they want the community to pay 5k to install it then 15k per year to use it. Hence we started HebNet and did things our own way.

        The link from Rum to the mainland is capable of supporting upto 200Mbps so we’ve got plenty of space for the future too….

        Ardtoe is a nice neck of the woods, looked at houses around there a few years back…..


        Comment by tattiehouse — July 19, 2012 @ 23:04

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