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Old 05-12-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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Just installed my 22mm Cusco front sway bar, and I can't say that I am REAL happy with the alignment. First off, the install was a PITA. Jenga-ing that thing in was no fun, only to find out that the bar ends are NOT vertical, but at a slight angle. On top of that, the passenger side was about 1/4 higher than the driver side which required putting a breaker bar between it and the frame to lower it into a position that I could barely get the bolt through.

Here are a few pics of it mounted. Looks like the bushings in my endlinks are groaning. Anyone with experience with this want to chime in? Am I going to have issues in the future? Car drives great, I just expected the front to align a little more like the rear. Spot on.

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Old 05-12-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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Looks like that's just the way it's going to fit. On my 09 the bottom endlink mount is not a "U" and is connected only on one side of the endlink giving it a little play so the top is not so severe. Having yours sitting inside that U bracket leaves little room for play. I'd just keep an eye on it and make sure the bushings don't pull through the link



Here's mine with 22mm Whiteline bar

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Old 05-12-2012, 09:31 PM   #3
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As stated above make sure to keep an eye on the bushing.

With that being said. In the images is the front suspension loaded, and do you have any aftermarket suspension lowering/raising components such as springs installed?

Also what part number is the sway bar you got?

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Old 05-12-2012, 09:46 PM   #4
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As stated above make sure to keep an eye on the bushing.

With that being said. In the images is the front suspension loaded, and do you have any aftermarket suspension lowering/raising components such as springs installed?

Also what part number is the sway bar you got?

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Hey Kirill-

Thanks for responding, as I actually got the sway bar from you guys. The part # on my email was:

CUS 666 311 BJ22 EX

I asked online on the RSD website before hand about its application to the wagon and was assured that it would work. And to answer your questions, stock suspension and the car was on ramps.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:37 PM   #6
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Looks like that's just the way it's going to fit. On my 09 the bottom endlink mount is not a "U" and is connected only on one side of the endlink giving it a little play so the top is not so severe. Having yours sitting inside that U bracket leaves little room for play. I'd just keep an eye on it and make sure the bushings don't pull through the link



Here's mine with 22mm Whiteline bar
Yeah, that looks good. The single sided mount probably would have helped, but the ends of your WL bar are vertical. I immediately noticed that this aspect was going to cause problems. My stock bar looked exactly like yours. Perfect fit with the spacers. I guess I'll just watch it for a while. The pics were AFTER I drove the car as well. Nothing seemed to settle/change.
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Bump to see if anyone else has had this issue and has been running it.
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Hmmm trying to remember i dont think i had any issues on mine ofcoarse it was a sedan. What did RSD say?
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Hmmm trying to remember i dont think i had any issues on mine ofcoarse it was a sedan. What did RSD say?
They are going to forward the pics to Cusco and inquire about it since they agree that the angle is overly steep. Excellent customer service as usual, I'm just not sure what they would be able to do about it. I will remain hopeful. I'm just afraid it is going to ruin the endlink bushings rather quickly. If that's the case, I'd rather go with one that fit more oem or the WL pictured above.
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I just installed the identical setup on my 05 STi...


Mine looks exactly like yours. Did you ever sort this out? Im guessing spacers will fix the problem?
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Just installed my 22mm Cusco front sway bar, and I can't say that I am REAL happy with the alignment.
Did you order the sedan bar or the wagon bar?

That set-up does not look right at all. Far too much pull on those bushings. I have the Whiteline Wagon 22mm FSB and it looks nothing like that
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