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:
Six-Star "essentials" head gasket kit for WRX, STi, Outback XT, Forester XT, and Legacy GT 2.0L and 2.5L Turbocharged engines. Includes 2 head gaskets, oil filter, oil drain plug gasket, valve cover gasket set, intake and exhaust gaskets.
Six-Star head gasket set for WRX, STi, Outback XT, Legacy GT, Forester XT, and Baja XT Turbo models. 2 gaskets included in one set. Comes with torque procedure sheet.
Full Six-Star head gasket repair kit for WRX, STi, Legacy GT, Forester and Outback XT, and Baja Turbo models. Includes gasket seal replacements, Six-Star gasket set (2) and high quality OEM parts.
Six-Star head gasket repair kit for Impreza, Forester, Outback, Legacy and Baja models. Includes gasket seal replacements, Six-Star gasket set (2) and high quality OEM parts.
Six-Star "essentials" head gasket kit for Outback, Legacy, Impreza, Forester and Baja models. Includes oil filter, oil drain plug gasket, valve cover gasket set, intake and exhaust gaskets.
Six Star OEM timing belt. Choose for Impreza (RS, TS, WRX, STi), Outback, Forester, Legacy or Baja models. 150k mile service life.
Six-Star Valve Cover Gasket Kits for Impreza, STi, WRX, Forester, Forester XT, Outback, Legacy and Baja models. Valve Cover gaskets, tube seals and grommets as per model.
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.
Six Star OEM clutch master hydraulic cylinder.
Six Star OEM clutch hydraulic slave cylinder.
Six Star OEM clutch hydraulic hose, includes hose and both compression gaskets for installation.