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Old 09-27-2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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I recently purchased my 02 wrx with a Whiteline anti-lift kit on it and was wondering if it is really worth it. My car is just my daily driver, never taken it to the track or autocross, or plan to. Ive heard that the anti lift kit helps you "feel the road more". Well here in Utah the roads aren't too great and i was wondering what the easiest option for me would be. Personally, id like to remove the anti lift kit so that i can get a smoother ride with less noise in the cabin. Is there a "stock" anti lift kit? What do these normally go for? How hard is the install? Currently my suspension is completely stock, except for the ALK.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:39 PM   #2
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It's called a transverse link. The Whiteline ALK is just a special one that changes the geometry. You can get a stock transverse link from Subaru if you don't like it.
If its your only mod, I doubt it's causing that much noise and vibration all by itself. I only noticed a small difference in noise.
What color is the bushing (the poly part, not the metal)? They have different models. Perhaps you have the race model and not the comfort. Comfort is yellow.
I must say its one of my favorite mods on my car.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:10 AM   #3
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The color of the rubber appears to be yellow. I guess it shouldn't be making too much noise then if its the comfort version. I'll just have to look into it more, any ideas of what else it could be? I recently replaced the struts and springs with a set from an 04 do I don't think that those would be causing so much noise.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:35 AM   #4
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what kind of tires do you have? certain tires make lots of road noise.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:47 AM   #5
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I have a set of nankang sport ns-1's thats came on the car. They are 235/40/17 on some 06 wrx wheels.
Im almost starting to think that my motor mounts are going bad. I have a few symptoms that lead me to think that they're going bad or are bad but not 100% sure.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:58 AM   #6
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its not the alk i think
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:25 AM   #7
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Leave it on. It's possibly the best part ever made for a Subaru.

Throw those tires in the trash.

Enjoy your new car.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:06 AM   #8
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I have a set of nankang sport ns-1's thats came on the car. They are 235/40/17 on some 06 wrx wheels.
Im almost starting to think that my motor mounts are going bad. I have a few symptoms that lead me to think that they're going bad or are bad but not 100% sure.
that size tire is too big for that size wheel and those tires suck and motor and or all the factory mounts are likely bad....including the front strut tops

and if the struts ya bought are blown out, that would cause ya problems

did ya buy blown out struts???

what springs are on them???

is it too low???
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:55 PM   #9
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Currently my suspension is completely stock, except for the ALK.
In my case, I got a WL comfort ALK, and purposely did my suspension and chassis bracing step by step to feel each difference in performance and vibration.

*** The ALK BY FAR was the greatest contributor to NVH.*** A lot more vibration (rattling dash, etc) and BANGS! everytime I drive over abrupt changes in the road.

I have 225/45/17 summer tires, GroupN strut tops, USDM pink springs, Ohlins struts, cowel stays (fender braces), strut bar and nothing contributed more to NVH than the ALK. Period.

Performance wise I no longer remember the before. I believe it helped front midcorner traction on the track but my track days were too spread apart to know. There a minor change in caster which helped the straight on feel.

But if you're just daily driving, I personally don't think the NVH from the ALK is worth it. IMHO.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:28 PM   #10
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ALK is bad for anything that is perpendicular to the road. Expansion joints, railroad tracks, cracks, etc. you get it. But the handling is fun. Worth it, but def more NVH.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:57 AM   #11
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I recently purchased my 02 wrx with a Whiteline anti-lift kit on it and was wondering if it is really worth it. My car is just my daily driver, never taken it to the track or autocross, or plan to. Ive heard that the anti lift kit helps you "feel the road more". Well here in Utah the roads aren't too great and i was wondering what the easiest option for me would be. Personally, id like to remove the anti lift kit so that i can get a smoother ride with less noise in the cabin. Is there a "stock" anti lift kit? What do these normally go for? How hard is the install? Currently my suspension is completely stock, except for the ALK.
Thanks ahead.
The road in Utah are fantastic. I lived in Manhattan for most of my life. There are sink holes big enuf to swallow your car in the city. I now live in pc and I can finely do all the suspension mods I want to. And the alk is on the list. Also agreed you should scrap you tires and go for some hancook vents v12 evos. And on the winter use the blizaks.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:17 PM   #12
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If you want an 'OEM' item, perhaps Subaru's Group-N rubber bushing would be a good option: http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...roducts_id=746

Otherwise, I know for a fact that the rear traverse link bushing on my 2006 WRX was liquid filled. Sure, it was quiet, but soft as anything and provided little in the way of performance.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:09 PM   #13
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Ok, thanks for all of the replies. Has anyone been through the installation of one of these? Lets say i want to return back to the stock kit, how hard would it be to install? Are there any links to videos or diys? Thanks ahead.
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:21 PM   #14
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Can't help you on the uninstall, but I'll be interested in taking it off your hands once it's off the car depending on condition
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:13 PM   #15
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Ok, thanks for all of the replies. Has anyone been through the installation of one of these? Lets say i want to return back to the stock kit, how hard would it be to install? Are there any links to videos or diys? Thanks ahead.
Go to the Whiteline site. They have instal directions there with the ALK description. You can just reverse it.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:05 PM   #16
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Ok, thanks for all of the replies. Has anyone been through the installation of one of these? Lets say i want to return back to the stock kit, how hard would it be to install? Are there any links to videos or diys? Thanks ahead.
I am in the market for a alk kit. Let me know if u want to sell
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