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Old 10-07-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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Default Best/Economical way to tighten up ride

Would love to eliminate some of the body roll along with improving handling

2012 impreza premium - currently nothing after market installed
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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I have a Sport which I think has the same size sway bar that your car has. I think my car handles extraordinarily well, and have no plans on doing these mods for my car

But if you want to mod it, try these:


1) increase the diameter of the rear sway bar -- you could even install a used one from a WRX or STI

2) There is an aftermarket bar that goes under the hood to brace the two strut towers.

Those don't involve any big mechanical gift or skill, you don't need to remove any suspension pieces, and would probably give you the biggest bang for the buck.
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Old 10-07-2012, 06:46 PM   #3
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Thanks Zeeper appreciate the input! Looked a while back for tower struts and didn't find any for my model, guess ill have to look again
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:15 PM   #4
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I'd be interested to hear what someone with only a tower strut added thought of it. I agree with zeeper that the car handles very well stock. Obviously there is some compromise on ride comfort and body roll but it's not in a bad place in my opinion. My old MK4 Jetta had completly upgraded suspension (H&R sport springs and koni sport shocks) and it handled VERY well when I had the summer tires on it. It was however quite rough on bumps so given my experience there I don't think I'd want to do too much to the suspension in the impreza.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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I've got the base model, no rear sway bar at all, so I'll be fixing that in a few weeks. Leaning toward the Perrin one, but I need to decide between the 19 and 22 mm. http://www.perrinperformance.com/sub...r-psp-sus-2xx1
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:36 PM   #6
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'Cheap' upgrade is a relative term, price the Perrin upgrades.

I think it would be $600++ for both the sway bar and front strut bar (+taxes and shipping)

http://www.perrinperformance.com/par...nt-strut-brace

http://www.perrinperformance.com/sub...r-psp-sus-2xx1

There is probably also ebay versions of these (non-Perrin)
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:00 PM   #7
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Or don't buy directly through Perrin go through a middle man save urself 100 bucks or so.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:21 PM   #8
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Would love to eliminate some of the body roll along with improving handling

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Sti bar plus bushings set me back 100 shipped and made a huge difference. I don't see the need for an aftermarket 22mm bar because it is too large for our sick front bar
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:56 AM   #9
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I have the bigger Perrin rear sway bar on my 2012. Hands down one of the best moves I made to "tighten" up the ride.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:39 AM   #10
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I think the best bang for the buck suspension mod is the 19mm STI rsb upgrade which I have and am very happy with. I heard the Subaru front end is pretty stiff already but decided to install the Cuscu front strut tower anyways. Now if you want to lower the car then HR and Eibach has lowering springs coming out. I won't sacrifice clearance to improve handling because of the snow out here.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:13 AM   #11
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Doesnt the sway bar make the ride bumpier? I think these car handle great considering theyre not performance-savvy
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #12
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I really need to get the sti or perrin sway bar.

The handling of the car isn't horrible but the body roll is much worse compaired to my last car.

Its sucks that I can only take corners about half the speed I'm used to. A more supportive seat would also help some.

I also can't lower the car because of the roads and snow around my area. I'd be scraping all the time.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:51 PM   #13
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Doesnt the sway bar make the ride bumpier? I think these car handle great considering theyre not performance-savvy
Yes, but it is worth it
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #14
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I really need to get the sti or perrin sway bar.

The handling of the car isn't horrible but the body roll is much worse compaired to my last car.

Its sucks that I can only take corners about half the speed I'm used to. A more supportive seat would also help some.

I also can't lower the car because of the roads and snow around my area. I'd be scraping all the time.
the body roll is a little disconcerting I agree.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:23 AM   #15
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I really need to get the sti or perrin sway bar.

The handling of the car isn't horrible but the body roll is much worse compaired to my last car.

Its sucks that I can only take corners about half the speed I'm used to. A more supportive seat would also help some.

I also can't lower the car because of the roads and snow around my area. I'd be scraping all the time.
What was your last car?
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:54 AM   #16
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Koni shocks.
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