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Old 09-30-2000, 09:03 PM   #1
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Post Attention Legacy Wagon owners

I installed a Cusco rear strut brace from Cobb Tuning on Friday. I was looking for a relatively inexpensive way to add structural rigidity and reduce body roll.

Boy did i find it!

This is a must-have for any wagon owner, Legacy or Impreza or BMW. No matter how stiff the body is, it needs to be tied together.

I ran with it through 11 runs on 2 different autocross courses in Pocatello Friday and Saturday. Upon returning home i'm finding that the roads and corners that i'm used to taking at certain speeds and having certain things happen are now much flatter and tighter.

The body is much stiffer and the whole car feels, well, GREAT!

It involves a bit of cutting but it's worth it.
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Old 09-30-2000, 10:59 PM   #2
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Did the rear strut bar interfer with your ability to use the parcel cover in the back?
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Old 10-01-2000, 08:01 AM   #3
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No.

It simply links the strut towers and there's about an inch of clearance between it and the cover. I'll take some shots and post them on the page as soon as i can. I was a little rushed when putting it in as it was close to run-time and i didn't want to miss out on that.

BTW, 2.5RS with TEIN coilovers, 17" ADVAN wheels, Pzero 225s, rallispec intake, S-AFC and other bits makes for a fast ride!
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Old 10-01-2000, 03:06 PM   #4
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I second DLC. I just put the rear bar on yesterday and just took it for a spin around the block and some freeway action. Some interior noise has been reduced when the car goes over some ruffer roads. It does feel more "tight". Havent done some routine driving yet to compare 1 to 1 handling yet.

It does feel complete. Feels like all wheels stay more planted than before. Over steer wise...no differencs.

DLC, did you put the bar over the steel cap?

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Old 10-01-2000, 07:05 PM   #5
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DLC,

You mentioned that the bar is 1 inch from the bottom of the parcel cover. What orientation did you mount it? Did you have the arrow pointing to the front of the car? Which side have you mounted the blue bracket (drivers/passangers)? Strange, cuz I mounted mine according to the instructions/picture and the bar is about 5in below the parcel cover. This way the oval bar is not rotated/tilted.

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Old 10-01-2000, 09:37 PM   #6
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Amen to the rear brace, but spring for the front brace too if you can -- the chassis feels slightly weird with a stiff rear end and a twisting front end in the curves... If I'd have to I'd almost prefer no braces to only one brace front or back.




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Old 10-02-2000, 12:39 AM   #7
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Sounds cool, but for a guy who is constantly throwing bikes and skis into the back of his GT wagon, it's not something I can do. Too bad.

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Old 10-02-2000, 07:01 AM   #8
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I'm gonna have to look at it again, maybe it's more.

I'd get the front but i'm not sure if i can get one that'll clear an intercooler
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Old 10-02-2000, 08:07 AM   #9
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DLC - Yes, please post a couple pics! The rear strut bar has been on my 'wants' list for a while, and I'm really curious to see how it looks in there and what kind of intrusion you're getting to the cargo area.

GTMAN - if you have pics of your install... Kindly post them as well.

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Old 10-02-2000, 02:42 PM   #10
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Hey GTMan, don't you have aftermarket springs too? So when you say it rides much tighter that's tighter than w/ springs alone, right?
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Old 10-02-2000, 04:22 PM   #11
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Just out of curiousity, all of you guys have the Wagon right? I wonder if that bar will fit on my Sedan... I still get some flex from the rear... I have a front upper strut tower bar from JC and it's nice.... you can really tell the diff.
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Old 10-02-2000, 04:37 PM   #12
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There is a version that does fit on the Sedan. Just check out cobbtuning.com and look under Legacy>Strut Tower Brace.
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Old 10-02-2000, 10:01 PM   #13
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BG5...whats up! Good to hear form ya.

Eric, I'm one ofthe low tech guys around with no digital camera. No scanner also. But that may change over the next Quarter. My comp is on the fritz and its time for a new setup....but that means the mods budget goes down the drain. Tuff choice. Sorry dude, but I hear the call of the muffler...again! If I get some pics I'll def. put it up.

Gumball, As for the tightness. Yes, its tighter than the Eibach springs alone. I've got AGX/SPD Eibachs combo. Tightness may vary from one person to another...but how tight is tight, well I should have "Britney"
for my plate....now thats tight .

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