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.
These rubber boots protect the seals on the steering rack and due to time and age will crack and split open. Leaving a split boot in place will cause premature wear on the power steering rack and costly repairs in the future, it is much better to replace the boot if no leaks have developed. New boots are also recommended when replacing tie rod ends as the boots are removed and often will become damaged during this repair. These are made specifically for your Subaru and are not a poor fitting "universal" type kit you may see elsewhere.
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: