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Old 07-26-2012, 08:56 PM   #601
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A performance enthusiast would tell you yes. The question really is "how dramatic of a difference will I see?" I've never upgraded to a thicker RSB, but have been told that when you jump up in size drastically that most people aren't at all prepared for how the car handles given the new dynamic. In my mind 1mm thicker would be a technical improvement, but you might be left wanting more since we tend to desire more noticeable feedback from our purchases and just assume that if something is "too much" that we'll adjust to it after a while.
So thats a NO
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:51 PM   #602
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So thats a NO
Basically. I was trying to encourage critical thinking!
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:11 PM   #603
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Basically. I was trying to encourage critical thinking!
The way i see it. If you are having trouble with the rear of your car sliding out from under you then its time for an upgraded sway bar. Or if you have the base model with no sway bar.

Similar to brakes. When you have put the best pads best tires and you cant break grip and you are still not happy then its time to get better calipers. Otherwise you are wasting money.

So basically what im saying is that every mod needs to serve more of a purpose than the just say "hey look at what i got"
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:36 PM   #604
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The way i see it. If you are having trouble with the rear of your car sliding out from under you then its time for an upgraded sway bar.
If the rear of the car is sliding out, then that suggests oversteer to me. Most people add sway bars to reduce understeer, not oversteer. So the way I see it, if you are having trouble with the front of your car plowing and not turning in, then you need a (bigger) sway bar.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:12 AM   #605
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I can confirm the handling in the snow. I was up in Big Bear, CA this year during the last storm of the season. In about a 12 hour period there was probably over a 1.5 ft of snow. I bought chains because I new it was going to snow but never had to put them on. I ended up returning them to the store that I bought them from. I purposefully tried to get the car stuck but it never happened. Traction was amazing both with the traction control on and off. There were other non-Subaru "AWD" cars that were having difficulty maintaining traction. I have some pictures that I'll post in my build thread.
I thought you're not supposed to put chains on the car?!!!! Pretty sure that might void the warranty. I think every sales person in the building told me not to while I was waiting around.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:21 AM   #606
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I thought you're not supposed to put chains on the car?!!!! Pretty sure that might void the warranty. I think every sales person in the building told me not to while I was waiting around.
Having the chains was more of a precautionary measure. The highway patrol can cite you for not carrying chains in those conditions. As far as voiding the warranty, I'd be curious to know if in fact that is true and why.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:41 AM   #607
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I personally would just get a 2011 STi 19mm rear sway bar for close to fifty bucks than a Perrin that is 3mm bigger but costs like $300 more.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:11 AM   #608
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I have seller who has STi sway bars, front and rear for $50. It's from an '09, so 18mm. Should I go for it? Swap out my 16mm from the 2012 SP.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:04 AM   #609
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If the rear of the car is sliding out, then that suggests oversteer to me. Most people add sway bars to reduce understeer, not oversteer. So the way I see it, if you are having trouble with the front of your car plowing and not turning in, then you need a (bigger) sway bar.
yep correct. i was mixed up.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:44 AM   #610
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Having the chains was more of a precautionary measure. The highway patrol can cite you for not carrying chains in those conditions. As far as voiding the warranty, I'd be curious to know if in fact that is true and why.
The manual says not to use tire chains because of lack of clearance, but you can use other types of traction devices that are SAE class S on the front tires only. And says that damage caused by using any traction device is not covered under warranty.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:08 AM   #611
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In regards to the RSB on the 2012 Impreza Sport Limited, I just ordered a 2011 STI 19mm unit from Subaruonlineparts. I can just swap the OEM 16mm unit out and use the existing hardware right?

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Old 07-28-2012, 10:20 AM   #612
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If the rear of the car is sliding out, then that suggests oversteer to me. Most people add sway bars to reduce understeer, not oversteer. So the way I see it, if you are having trouble with the front of your car plowing and not turning in, then you need a (bigger) sway bar.
i have noticed this, how do i correct it?
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:55 PM   #613
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In regards to the RSB on the 2012 Impreza Sport Limited, I just ordered a 2011 STI 19mm unit from Subaruonlineparts. I can just swap the OEM 16mm unit out and use the existing hardware right?
Yup. It should come with the bushings, as you will need to swap those too.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:10 PM   #614
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In regards to the RSB on the 2012 Impreza Sport Limited, I just ordered a 2011 STI 19mm unit from Subaruonlineparts. I can just swap the OEM 16mm unit out and use the existing hardware right?
My 22mm Perrin kit is on the way! We'll get it installed the same day and try out each others car.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:21 PM   #615
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Sounds good, awaiting shipping confirmation for my RSB and it should only take a day from Hicksville.
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:36 PM   #616
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My 22mm Perrin kit is on the way! We'll get it installed the same day and try out each others car.
Damn, you beat me to it. Definitely post about it. The Perrin RSB will be my next mod!
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:17 PM   #617
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Will the stock bushings and endlinks work with the 22mm perrin rsb?
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:33 PM   #618
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Will the stock bushings and endlinks work with the 22mm perrin rsb?
The bushing won't work. The sway bar should come with new ones I think.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:04 AM   #619
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For those of you who replaced the OEM DRL and Foglamp bulbs with LED units, any loss in the amount of light thrown out? I am looking the at ijdmtoy offerings in white but don't want to sacrifice throw to get the nice white color/appearance.

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Old 07-29-2012, 12:08 PM   #620
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Anyone do some 2010-2012 WRX Suspension take offs on the new age Impreza yet? The set ups look nearly identical (minus STi).

In particular a 5 door.
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Old 07-29-2012, 12:09 PM   #621
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For those of you who replaced the OEM DRL and Foglamp bulbs with LED units, any loss in the amount of light thrown out? I am looking the at ijdmtoy offerings in white but don't want to sacrifice throw to get the nice white color/appearance.

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I replaced the fog light bulbs with Xenon White LED's. I don't know for sure that the output is equal to the OEM's, I do notice it more but that could be because the colour stands out more under city streetlights. The bulbs I got were not an exact fit, the little plastic ridges on the outside of the bulbs' base didn't quite match up and I needed to cut one off. The colour is just a touch more blue than the stock Zenon HID headlights but it's only really noticeable if you're looking for it or are very close. Overall, I'm very happy with them.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:20 PM   #622
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For those of you who replaced the OEM DRL and Foglamp bulbs with LED units, any loss in the amount of light thrown out? I am looking the at ijdmtoy offerings in white but don't want to sacrifice throw to get the nice white color/appearance.

Stan
I replaced both foglight and drl bulbs with leds. I don't believe the output on the foglights to be that substantial to begin with so switching over to leds was more for looks. Swapping out the foglights does in fact require some minor trimming of the housing to fit properly. The drls were swapped out for a pair of high powered 9005 leds. From what I have been able to tell, the light output is comparable to the stock bulbs....maybe even a bit brighter. These are plug n play. You can check out my thread "project baby sti " for pics and more details.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:48 PM   #623
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Thanks guys...looking at the iJDMtoy sight now...

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Old 07-29-2012, 06:21 PM   #624
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By replacing your DRL bulb to LED, don't you loose your high beams since it's the same bulb?
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I have seller who has STi sway bars, front and rear for $50. It's from an '09, so 18mm. Should I go for it? Swap out my 16mm from the 2012 SP.
Try to see if he'll just sell you the RSB. Say for $25?
It'll be worth it
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