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Old 11-19-2001, 06:52 PM   #1
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Thumbs up cusco typeOS strut tower bars

don't waste your time with cheap strut tower bars...

yes, they cost an arm and a leg (mine were $177 apiece from larry ganz), but they're worth every penny.

install on the front is obviously easy, but the rear is another story. lots of disassembly is required, but as long as you have a sedan, take your time, and it's straighforward. i pray for mercy on the poor soul trying to install one of these on a coupe.

the biggest headache i ran into was after i got the rear brackets in, i went to bolt the center bar into place, and discovered that there's like 2 more millimeters of sheet metal in the trunk right behind where the bolt has to go, so you have to start it in at just the right angle. not fun. i laid on my back in the trunk fuming and cursing for about an hour and a half. i finally gave in and put the bolts in backwards, which worked better, but i don't know how i'll ever get back at the nut on the other side if i ever decide to take the bar out. after tightening it down, i almost couldn't get the wrench i was using to hold it in place out. the gap bewteen the nut and the sheet metal is that tight.

i don't know if this will be a problem on later cars, but just be warned.

my car rides like my aunt's BMW now...firm and controlled, but still smooth. yes, it handles a bit better, but the difference in ride quality is amazing. no more unsettling jiggling while accelerating out of turns or at low speeds. the car feels like a solid chunk of metal, and you can feel exactly what the back end is doing. turn in is noticeably quicker.

people bitch and moan that strut tower bars on an impreza do nothing because the chassis is already very stiff, but i suspect that rumor started amongst people who bought cheap bars and obviously weren't pleased with the result.

i've had them on for a month now, and they're by far the best modification i've made to the car. things that added a bit more power were nice, but these made a VERY noticeable difference in all conditions.

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Old 11-25-2001, 03:50 AM   #2
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Why would it be harder in a coupe? Can you explain the not enough room thing better please? I'll be doing this soon.
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Old 11-25-2001, 12:49 PM   #3
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i'm guessing it would just be harder in a coupe, since you're A)taking out the backseat, and B) would have a lot less room to move around without the extra set of doors. not that it can't be done (it can) i just thanked my lucky stars i didn't own a coupe for once.

as for the room in the trunk issue, i don't know what the inside of yours looks like, but in mine there's a sheet of rubber between the back of the rear seat cushion and the trunk area, and it looks kinda like this:

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the section in the middle is where you can see the rubber mat that sits behind the seat. the area around it is like a lip of sheet metal that creates a frame for the seat so the cushion doesn't fall through when someone leans on it. on my car (a '94), the lip didn't interfere with the bolt going through the strut bar to attatch it to the bracket on the driver's side. on the passenger side, the lip sticks out only a fraction of an inch more, and it made getting the bolt on that side in a much more difficult proposition (i.e. an hour of jimmying it into place). i don't know if it'll be a problem on your car, but i suppose if you had enough trouble, you could slice off that little bit of sheet metal in the way. i just sat there and messed with it long enough that it fit.

why is one side fractionally longer? i couldn't figure it out myself...

i'd assume our cars have the same sheet metal in that area, but maybe they fixed it in later years. i dunno.

whatever. don't let my rambling throw you astray, they DO fit.

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Old 11-25-2001, 02:38 PM   #4
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Thanks, I think I can picture it better now. Are you sure you put the brackets in facing the right direction? I don't know if it would even be possible to do, but that might push the bar toward the front of the car ever so slightly. These are from www.Scoobymods.com. Is that the same bar you have? Does everything look the same as far as the car goes and direction of the blue part?
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