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Old 08-08-2011, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default 2011 wrx stock end-links how much can they take?

i recently did my first upgrades to my11 wrx hatch.

25mm perrin front sway and 22mm adjustable rear sway bar(middle setting)

i absolutely love the way it drives now, and im no longer worried about the soft spring rates for daily driving.

my concern is with the stock endlinks, im now sure how much they can handle.

do ie REALLY need aftermarket ones for DD with a little bit of spirited driving once in a while?
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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I'm actually in the same boat, I didn't replace them off the start, but I'm starting to wonder (for no good reason) if I should of changed them out at the same time of the install. I got the RaceComp Engineering 25mm front/rear setup. Was looking at those Kartboy endlinks, just didn't know if that would apply. 2011 STi Sedan. No threadjack intended.
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:55 PM   #3
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IMHO, if you are just DD'ing, and (the key point here) are happy with the handling, I would wait for them to die, then upgrade. I'm in a similar boat also (upgraded sway bars with stock front endlinks).
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:56 PM   #4
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IMHO, if you are just DD'ing, and (the key point here) are happy with the handling, I would wait for them to die, then upgrade. I'm in a similar boat also (upgraded sway bars with stock front endlinks).

that makes sense, i was looking at the 11 stock endlinks vs old 06 ones and the 11's are much thicker.
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:07 AM   #5
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I was just wondering you have any updates. Are your stock endlinks holding up with aftermarket swaybars so far?

I am purchasing swaysbars and if endlinks arent necessary, I will not buy them. I don't track my car.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:18 AM   #6
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I don't believe in waiting for parts to die. An endlink is something I wouldn't really want to lose while going around a corner...
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:44 AM   #7
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I don't believe in waiting for parts to die. An endlink is something I wouldn't really want to lose while going around a corner...
I'm with him. Waiting for an endlink to fail before changing them out isn't exactly a safe thing to do.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:36 PM   #8
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Its a sway bar its not going to be that huge of a deal if you break an endlink, not fun sure , but is your car going to go out of control , unlikely.
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I'm with him. Waiting for an endlink to fail before changing them out isn't exactly a safe thing to do.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:04 PM   #9
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I've been running my 25mm and 22mm eibach kit on my car with stock end links for 2 months and have taken some hard corners, no issues at all. Also i'm on the soft setting not the hard. I have no doubt i'll be fine on the hard but i rather wait till i get beefier endlinks before placing the bars on hard. Even on soft i will say the car is much improved.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:39 PM   #10
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Its fairly unlikely that the OEM links will fail, However they can flex and deflect quite a bit so you will not get the full enjoyment out of your new bars.

We've had great results with our new style links for the 08+ cars.

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Old 04-29-2012, 06:53 PM   #11
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I beg to differ on the strength of the oem endlinks. I had two of them go on my 09 wrx in very short order. I had about 10k on the car and only 1 track day back then. As I was swapping to whitelline sways and kartboy solid links I saw that both rear links blown out and as I was removing them the top thread actually broke in half with my hex key still in it. Very inferior to my kartboy solids. If your getting a bigger than stock bar I would highly recommend upgraded links.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:24 PM   #12
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I beg to differ on the strength of the oem endlinks. I had two of them go on my 09 wrx in very short order. I had about 10k on the car and only 1 track day back then. As I was swapping to whitelline sways and kartboy solid links I saw that both rear links blown out and as I was removing them the top thread actually broke in half with my hex key still in it. Very inferior to my kartboy solids. If your getting a bigger than stock bar I would highly recommend upgraded links.
The rears "blew out" as in the boots popped? That happened to my...ahem...aftermarket stock-styles. One thing I noticed was a LOT of lateral movement; some days I would come home and the sway would be off to the side by about an inch. I'm seriously thinking about adding some lateral locks (that actually do something) this time.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:35 PM   #13
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The rears "blew out" as in the boots popped? That happened to my...ahem...aftermarket stock-styles. One thing I noticed was a LOT of lateral movement; some days I would come home and the sway would be off to the side by about an inch. I'm seriously thinking about adding some lateral locks (that actually do something) this time.
yea the boots blew and as i took em apart the whole thing fell out of the socket on 1 and the other the the whole thread snapped off. they were junk
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