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Old 01-25-2002, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default Cusco STBs and Lower Arm Brace

I just added the Cusco carbon fiber rear strut tower brace, the front OS strut tower brace and the lower arm brace. My car is pretty much stock except for a K & N (no suspension mods, stock wheels and tires). In the past I had a Maxima and I put a front strut tower brace on it and the steering became noticeably tighter and more precise and chassis flex over large bumps was dicapated. On my WRX, maybe because it is AWD and beacuse I did front and rear, the difference is huge. I've only had them on for a couple days, but in that time I've found many instances were the car handled much better than my previous times on the same turns. I'll update you guys in a week or so, to let you know what my short/long term impressions are. Next up, Cusco front and rear sway bars, then the big decision between lowering springs or coilovers (I'm looking for very good handling without a bone jarring ride and mystery clunking). Any ideas?

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Old 01-27-2002, 05:58 AM   #2
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Did you have to bend the AC lines to make the front strut brace fit?
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Old 01-29-2002, 07:46 PM   #3
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good to hear your diggin the braces.

i too have the rear carbon bar, and the front lower arm bar. personally, the front lower arm bar did more than the rear bar. i am looking forward to putting a front strut bar soon.

if you decide to get coilovers, and dont want bone kjarring, then look no further than DMS. i just put a set on, and it is magical so far. nice plush ride that tears up canyons like to ones business. it goes against all my exerience and knowledge of suspension. i am a DMS convert. I have had GAB, ridden in tein, cusco, etc equiped cars, and there is no comparison. these were made for US roads.

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If its a Cusco bar and its on a USDM WRX, then you have to move the AC line. I don't think it can be damanged that easily, and if anyone had any mishap with 'reconfiguring' the AC line, they can post here and prove me wrong
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Old 01-30-2002, 01:52 AM   #5
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I did not install the front stb or the lower arm brace, so I am not sure about the AC lines. Bozz Performance charged me $20 to install both, couldn't pass that up. I did install the rear stb, and it was pretty easy. Interestingly, the bag that the front stb came in has some parts that look like they are for relocation of these lines. To tell you the truth, I don't know if these are the oem pieces, or, if they bent the AC lines, and these pieces that I have are the relocation kit. As far as coilovers, DMS is #1 on my list, M2's setup to be specific. It is good to hear that they ride as good as they handle. Thanks

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It's reassuring to see that other people are going for the same set-up as me (I must be on the right track)...CUSCO STB's, sway bars, etc. with DMS coilovers. I'm still need a front STB, lower arm bar, and the DMS, but I should have that all within a month. yay!
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I have a Cusco rear swaybar, reav v-brace, rear lower tie bar, and rear Adj. Sway bar. My car handles really well, and the products are the highest quality. Soon I will have a front Type 2 lower tie bar, Front sway bar, Coilovers(Selling my G|A|B coilovers if anyone wants them), rear trailing arms and lateral links, and every other Cusco part man can have!
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I wish there was a front lower cross member bar made for the N/A cars I have the rear crossmember bar though, and the car is stiffer in the rear a little, but its hard to tell with my ****ty profile tires

You paid to have them installed! I have no skills at all, and that rear bar was just 4 bolts that screw right in! (front is a little harder, but not much!) Easiest mod you could do.
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