We've worked with Six-Star OEM and aftermarket parts for over 15 years. Our 'Gold' Six Star OEM parts are made by the same manufacture who makes the original part for your Subaru. Don't be mistaken our 'Red' Six Star aftermarket (alternative source) parts are put through a rigorous testing and use in our Smart Service shops before we sell them online. Six Star OEM head gaskets are renowned for their superiority to their Genuine Subaru cousins. Though their other maintenance and repair parts are just as amazing with the same great pricing.
At Smart Service (and Smart Quality Parts), we have been carrying and using the Six Star brand in our repair facility for over 15 years. Since the majority of our in-house technicians are Subaru factory trained we understand the benefit and need for correctly fitting and functioning replacement parts. The benefit of being an independent facility is that we are not required to use the Genuine Subaru stamped parts but unlike other independents, we didn't want to use aftermarket parts just to cut costs and increase our margins.
We found Six Star in that search for the perfect balance between OEM quality and a more affordable price by cutting Subaru out as a middleman. We supplement with the Genuine Subaru parts where we feel that is needed or required if Six Star doesn't manufacture a certain part, but we mostly use Six Star because more often than not the part is identical to what you would buy at the dealer.
The description below outlines the color and sticker system on the parts you may receive. Please know that 90%+ of the Six Star parts we carry are the Gold Star OEM designation and the Red Star options are just as good in our opinion (see our replacement oil filter for example, you can see it cut open next to a Genuine Subaru filter there is no difference at all).
We offer our own private Six Star label parts that identifies OEM parts with a gold star:
and alternative source parts with a red star:
Genuine=Exact part you would purchase at your Subaru dealer.
OEM=Original Equipment Manufacturer. The part was made by the exact same manufacturer that made the original part for your car. For example if you open a genuine Subaru wheel bearing you will find that the bearing is an NSK bearing. If you buy that same bearing OEM you're getting the same part.
Alternative Source= These are parts that are manufactured by an indepedent aftermarket parts facility. Our alternative source parts are put through the rigors at Smart Service before we offer them online.
6 pack of Six Star OEM high-capacity oil filter kit for Impreza (RS, TS), Outback, Forester (MT, AT) and Legacy models. Includes filter and crush washer for drain plug.
6 pack of Six Star OEM standard oil filter kits for Impreza (RS, TS, WRX, STi), Outback, Forester, Legacy or Baja models. Includes filter and crush washer for drain plug for each kit.
Get what you want, and only what you want by building your own gasket kit. Every car has different needs and a custom kit will keep you on budget. Includes our exclusive install guide!
Six-Star power steering rack boot kit for Legacy and Outback models from 1990 to 2004. Kit includes 1 boot and 2 new clamps for installation.
Six-Star OEM rear bearing kit. Includes rear bearing and seals. Choose for select Impreza (RS, TS, WRX), Outback, Legacy, and Forester models.
Six Star front or rear wheel hubs for most 1990 to 2008 models equipped with ABS. Choose for Impreza (RS, TS, WRX), Outback, Forester, Legacy or Baja models.
Six-star OEM drive belt set for Impreza (RS, TS), Outback, Forester, Legacy or Baja models. Set of 2 includes power steering/alternator belt and air conditioning belt.
Six Star front ball joint for all Subaru models between 1990 to 2018. Fits all Impreza (RS, TS, WRX, STi), Outback, Legacy, Forester and Baja models.
Set of 2 high quality aftermarket subaru Six-Star rear brake rotors. Choose for Impreza (WRX, RS, TS) Outback, Forester, Baja or Legacy models.
Set of 2 high quality aftermarket subaru Six-Star front brake rotors. Choose for Impreza (WRX, RS, TS) Outback, Forester, Baja or Legacy models.
Six Star OEM clutch hydraulic hose, includes hose and both compression gaskets for installation.
OEM clutch kit for Impreza (RS, TS), Outback, Forester, Baja and Legacy models. Includes pressure plate, disc, flywheel, release bearing, pilot bearing, install tool and bolts.