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Old 04-02-2009, 05:09 PM   #1
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Hey everyone...Very new to modding suspension parts, but would like to update the rear sway bar to eliminate some of the understeer that my car suffers from. Im wondering if any 08 owners could chime in and let me know which bar the rec. as well as if they rec. new end links. I am on a budget so I can only do one sway bar at the moment. I have heard horror stories on another forum about Perrin suspension parts, so I would like to stay away from them, but all other suggestions are welcome. Thanks again. and yes, I have skimmed through the sticky
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:07 PM   #2
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BEFORE bars get a more performance oriented alignment and better tires.

THEN think about bars.
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Old 04-02-2009, 07:43 PM   #3
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BEFORE bars get a more performance oriented alignment and better tires.

THEN think about bars.
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And it's coming from a vendor that sells sway bars. That should say something.

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Old 04-02-2009, 08:35 PM   #4
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I have run Rallitek front and rear bars with their rear endlinks and stock front endlinks on My 2008 WRX hatch since July of last year. I am very happy with them. The fit was perfect and Rallitek really stands behind their products. I have not heard of any problems since the first bars they introduced, which they quickly fixed long ago. The only 2 negatives may be 1. they are a more conservative diameter than other aftermarket bars, and 2. neither the fronts or rears are adjustable. But they seem to be the best priced and have the least problems by far. Their rear endlinks are only something like $69 for the pair, and they are much sturdier than the stock ones.

In my opinion the 2008 WRX absolutely needs aftermarket sway bars (and springs); the car is pathetic without them (I actually got motion sick), and they can come before better tires. I live in Maine and have been driving on snow tires the last 5 months and the car is both an enormous pleasure to drive and handles phenomenally, in a way it did not before the springs (Swift) and sways, on the exact same winter tires.

You might check out the 3GWRX web site - its for 2008/9 WRXs and is a very valuable resource.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:02 PM   #5
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I have run Rallitek front and rear bars with their rear endlinks and stock front endlinks on My 2008 WRX hatch since July of last year. I am very happy with them. The fit was perfect and Rallitek really stands behind their products. I have not heard of any problems since the first bars they introduced, which they quickly fixed long ago. The only 2 negatives may be 1. they are a more conservative diameter than other aftermarket bars, and 2. neither the fronts or rears are adjustable. But they seem to be the best priced and have the least problems by far. Their rear endlinks are only something like $69 for the pair, and they are much sturdier than the stock ones.

In my opinion the 2008 WRX absolutely needs aftermarket sway bars (and springs); the car is pathetic without them (I actually got motion sick), and they can come before better tires. I live in Maine and have been driving on snow tires the last 5 months and the car is both an enormous pleasure to drive and handles phenomenally, in a way it did not before the springs (Swift) and sways, on the exact same winter tires.

You might check out the 3GWRX web site - its for 2008/9 WRXs and is a very valuable resource.

thanks for the great info. i am also a member of 3gwrx but information seems to come a lil faster here....all be it more "diverse" than the 3gwrx haha...what do you think of whiteline as a company? can i just run the rear sway for a time before I get the front, or do i have to do them both at the same time?
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its one of the most preferred brands for sways
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I have heard good things about rallitek as well....anyone have any first hand experience?
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For best result, do 1 upgrade at a time so you can note the difference in change. Go with a sway bar that fits your driving habits and terrain. I opted with perrin 25mm because of the 3 different adjustments, soft medium and firm!!
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:31 PM   #9
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is it safe to only run the rear sway bar and not the front? I dont want my car getting out of control on me, but I wouldnt mind a lil more oversteer considering the car plows as it is...

the reason i ask is because I can pick up both front and rear from rallitek for 300 (without endlinks) or 440 with....or just get the white line rear with end links for around 300.....
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The front and rear at the same time is the better option. However, you really need to get a good alignment. The car will continue to plow through corners even with the new sway bars without one. You should also look into the Whiteline rear camber bushings. They allow you to dial out some negative camber in the rear which is a good thing on a mostly stock car.
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so what sizes do u guys recommend for a DD n how fast could u get them to me?! Vendors?!
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I did the Eibach sways some time ago and they were good for dd and the pair are pretty cheap. I got them from Tirerack.Com but don't remember the price, you can do one at a time but I prefer to do both. Like Turn in Concepts said a good performance alignment will do wonders for you. Whiteline, Perrin, TiC, Cobb, and many more make a great bar. Just for dd I would stay around a 22mm front and rear, that should satisfy you.
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The 08 is probably the worst stock spring and swaybar setup on a GR. There is a "sticky" by Cygnus Perf in the suspension section (check Iwsti) about choosing bars for a GR. The key take away is for anything other than racing or speciality using 22mm frt and rear solid bars seems to be the most versitile and work very well.

First of all choose your bars (and springs) wisely. There are lots of aftmkt bars out there so read about them.....just don't go too large.

If you want to do bars you might consider buying a used set of 2011+ STI takeoff bars (21mm frt/19mm rear) on one of the forums. The bars are good for DD and will be an improvement. If you'd rather go aftmkt get a used set of these:

Super Pro 22mm frt/rr, WL 22mm frt/rr, perrin 22mm frt/rr, Eibach 25mm frt/ 22mm rear (hollow) bars. If you get the 22mm nars set frt at hard, rear at soft (23mm/21mm) for a well balanced car.

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