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Old 05-31-2006, 03:54 AM   #1
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Is there any cusco front strut bar for the 06 wrx that will fit? I heard there are some fitment issues with the redirected a/c line of the 06 wrx/sti.
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Old 05-31-2006, 05:04 AM   #2
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I think only the new GTspec fits so far
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:56 AM   #3
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The Whiteline KSB599 fits with very little work. Flip the brackets around and bend the left side down about 1/4" and you're done.
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Old 05-31-2006, 05:15 PM   #4
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Well, ive seen somebody have a cusco front strut bar for the 06 sti.
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Yes, you can make it fit, I'm sure.
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I have the Cusco bar on my 06 WRX. I did have to bend the A/C line on the driver's side, It was nothing major. Literally a 15 minute install from start to finish. No special tools were needed.
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sorry for the hi-jack, but i heard someone tell me that an aftermarket strut tower bar wont make a big difference in handles?
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Old 05-31-2006, 09:43 PM   #8
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don't most, if not all, strut bar installations require some relocation of the A/C line on previous years 02-05 also?
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sorry for the hi-jack, but i heard someone tell me that an aftermarket strut tower bar wont make a big difference in handles?
Strut bars won't make much of a difference at stock, or even near-stock levels. But, once you have wheels, tires, sway bars, struts, springs, etc., increasing the chassis rigidity might not be a bad idea, and might even bring some noticeable benefits.

FWIW, on a sedan with most of the major suspension mods done, I noticed a definite difference with the addition of a rear strut bar. Front, not so much - other than to reduce some creaking when going up driveways and such.

Whatever you do, please don't spend $300 on some crazy carbon fiber or titanium strut tower brace if you think the higher price tag will bring higher performance. Some of the strut bars on the market belong in the Hall of Stupidity, next to things like inconel uppipes.

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sorry for the hi-jack, but i heard someone tell me that an aftermarket strut tower bar wont make a big difference in handles?
It does make a big difference in the feel of the car. Perhaps you won't gain 5 mph at the exit of a corner at your next autocross, but if you can't feel the difference just by wobbling the wheel back and forth going down the road you either need to check your "butt dyno" or your tires are ****.
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Strut bars won't make much of a difference at stock, or even near-stock levels. But, once you have wheels, tires, sway bars, struts, springs, etc., increasing the chassis rigidity might not be a bad idea, and might even bring some noticeable benefits.

FWIW, on a sedan with most of the major suspension mods done, I noticed a definite difference with the addition of a rear strut bar. Front, not so much - other than to reduce some creaking when going up driveways and such.
Hmm... I never had one on my WRX. With, say, an '02 - '04 especially (crummy steering rack bushings) on stock tires & wheels (16") I think you are right, the difference wouldn't be much at all... too much other flimsy stuff up there flopping around.
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Does anybody have the GT spec front strut bar?
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