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Old 01-14-2002, 02:00 PM   #1
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My '02 w/real Brush guard. Got it from Manik Mfg. in CA, p/n 903350. Listed to fit '98-'00 only, but fit just fine as you can see. Check them out at http://www.manik.com
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Old 01-14-2002, 03:09 PM   #2
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Ah ha~!! nice~ my first time see a Forester with Brush Guard~
Did you install it by yourself ? What are your next mods ??

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Old 01-15-2002, 01:51 AM   #3
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What are your next mods??
My current mods are: Limo tint all rear windows
Factory gauge pod w/ autometer gauges
Fender flares
Primitive Racing front skid plate
Rockford-Fosgate speakers in front door
Manik Brush Guard
Hood Deflector
Hella Supertone Horns

Planned future mods: Cobb racing front & rear strut tower bars
20mm sway bars
Steel braided brake lines
ACT clutch kit
PIAA driving lights
AMSOIL air filter
CV Boot protection
Trailer hitch
ECU superchip
Maybe a Turbo Kit someday?

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Old 01-15-2002, 03:28 AM   #4
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Nice! I was wondering how much did it cost you w/ shipping?
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Old 01-15-2002, 01:30 PM   #5
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Nice! I was wondering how much did it cost you w/ shipping?
I bought it as a "2nd quality item" as Manik describes it. It has 2 small scratches on it. Normally in excess of $300, I paid $217 plus $75 shipping. IMHO - well worth the price.

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Old 01-15-2002, 07:22 PM   #6
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I think I may have to pick one up as well, there aren't many that would fit a 2002 model w/o modifications.

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Old 01-16-2002, 01:55 AM   #7
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Dave, I have a used (5000miles) FHI 20mm rear swaybar for sale if ya want it. I'll throw in a set of whiteline urethane bushings with it and a packof grease to boot. let me know if you are interested. I purchased a whiteline bar earlier this year and this one is just sitting around collecting dust.
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Old 01-17-2002, 01:41 AM   #8
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Ferretboy...
After doin' a little research, maybe the 20mm bar is too big in dia. therefore too stiff for general street use? Did you use it on your ride? If so give me some feedback...
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Old 01-17-2002, 02:06 AM   #9
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Suebee2 -

If you don't mind the comments of a non-Forester owner. The Brush Guard look awesome on your car! Looks mean as hell. I'd be interested in seeing more pix as you continue to mod!

Great job!
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Old 01-17-2002, 03:22 AM   #10
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Talking 20mm is okay!!

Suebee,
I thought the same thing and in driving my Fatty around, I love the way the 20mm handles. I've driven in snow, rain and some icy parking lots and you have to be Really stupid to make it lose control. Remember that our cars have a little more top weight and with that in consideration a slightly larger diameter swaybar wouldn't hinder the way our cars handle. I do notice that the rear is a little stiffer, but very driveable. I've had the FHI bar on up until about 2 months ago when I picked up the whiteline bar and heavy duty swaybar mounts. I think that the combo along with urethane bushings definitely made my rear end feel much tighter. I've taken freeway turns at about 90mph (dreasing radius) and then like and it really makes the car settle in nicely. So to sum it up..I love the 20mm set-up.
hope that helps you out.
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Old 01-17-2002, 06:39 AM   #11
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Default praise for the whitelines........

whiteline swaybars are dope.............i have 22mm on the front and 20mm on the back.
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Old 01-17-2002, 07:07 AM   #12
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I also have 20mm rear sway bar and find the machine to be completely neutral. I also have a strut brace and stock tires..to date I have had zero issues with the handling. In fact my freeway exit speeds are now considerably faster than with the stock setup.

Just my .02..................
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Old 01-17-2002, 03:53 PM   #13
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I have the Cusco adjustable 19-20-21 rear bar set to 20.
What really made a difference was when I installed the front and rear solid end links. You can realy feel those working.


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Old 02-01-2002, 07:49 PM   #14
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I would strongly caution anyone w/ a 2002 L model (Not sure about other models) to reconsider. It does fit BUT with some grinding and cutting. Cutting away at the plastic skid plate, which I had to do and grinding part of the metal where the tie down hitch are. Grinding may be a factory fault since those welded pieces didn't seem to line up. I can't install the top mounts or my hood won't close all the way. The 6 screws should be sufficient to hold them on the bottom since isn't that heavy, I can curl it so it can't be more than 30-40lbs. If it didn't require what I did then I would like to know how the hell the poster installed it in detail and how long it took. It looks nice but I wouldn't want to go thru it again, I would wait for one for a 2002 model. Now that that's on there, time to get some PIAA driving lights to blind you mofos. Hey, maybe it's just mine, but I don't think you want to do what I did to my car.
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Old 02-04-2002, 12:36 AM   #15
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[quote]Originally posted by mach_six
[b]I would like to know how the hell the poster installed it in detail and how long it took.

My total time invested was about 2 hours. The grinding of the subframe seam below the tie down plates could have been avoided by simply peening them over with a hammer. (30 seconds each.) I used two nylon barrel type spacers I had lying around to space the top tube away from the brackets by about one inch. (Of course - longer bolts will be required: I used stainless.) This eliminates the hood clearance problem. The top brackets also had to be bent down slightly ( by hand) to allow the hood to close. All-in-all, the mods needed to get the bar to fit only added about a half hour to the installation, most of which was in order to find the right length spacers. The only other alternative I am aware of is the factory optional "brush bar", which as far as I'm concerned is nothing more than decorative. I contacted at least four manufacturers of brush bars, and was told that none of them will be making bars for the '00-'02 Forester in the forseeable future. IMHO the bar is well worth the minimal extra effort needed to install it. However, if you are mechanically challenged... you shouldn't be installing any brush bar on any vehicle !!!

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Old 02-04-2002, 06:44 PM   #16
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My '02 w/real Brush guard. Got it from Manik Mfg. in CA, p/n 903350. Listed to fit '98-'00 only, but fit just fine as you can see. Check them out at http://www.manik.com
You failed to mentioned that in your first post. I assume it would just bolt on right there taking no less than an hour. I didn't think it would require me to get additional pieces which I didn't have on hand. I have no problems doing some minor modifications. I am saying this to warn other Forester owners that this will require additional work and parts which was not stated in your original post. Why you didn't mention this is beyond me. Being "mechanically challenged" has nothing to do with it, it's leaving those itty bitty details out. It's like saying I can fit almost any size pants that aren't too small for me, BUT I need to use a rope or belt to hold them up though.
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Old 02-04-2002, 09:41 PM   #17
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Looks rugged. I have the same one but had mine powder coated black chrome looks nice
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Old 02-05-2002, 01:45 AM   #18
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Hey Mach_six,

I wasn't accusing you of being mechanically challenged... I'm trying to make a point that the installation of a brush guard is not for the faint of heart. I've installed brush guards on several different vehicles, and each installation required some small modification, or additional hardware addition, such as a longer bolt, or an additional washer, etc. Alltold, I think the Forester installation was one of the easiest! Sorry if I led you to believe it would be without some flaws.

You need to get your top mounts attached ASAP. If you should have even a minor frontal impact, (deer, moose, large dog etc.) the top of the bar will rotate into your grille/hood without those top brackets attached. Don't depend on the bottom mounts alone to secure the bar.

Good Luck !!!
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Old 02-05-2002, 05:33 AM   #19
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Old 02-05-2002, 09:44 AM   #20
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Where did you get the fender flares?
They're the subaru wheel arch kit available in black or warm grey.
In the UK, 149 for all 4. Part no.E2010FC002NN for the blacks.

The fronts are held on with plastic clips in the arch, the rears are just held on with sticky pads! My rears used to fall off until I used mastic to hold them on with.
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Old 02-07-2002, 02:15 AM   #21
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Like toerag says:

The flares are a stock Subaru option - available thru any dealer.

Mine haven't fallen off.................yet.


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Old 02-07-2002, 04:57 AM   #22
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Mine haven't fallen off.................yet.

Dave
Well........................They will!! Unless they're screwed on. It looks like you can screw them onto the side of the car, but my dealer refuses to do that because we're so close to the sea, and the screws would rust out within a year. It was only one side that kept falling off on mine, the other was fine.
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