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Old 09-22-2010, 01:26 PM   #726
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Yeah, seriously...do the RSB. I upgraded mine a month and change ago and haven't looked back. My OBS is really a weekend driver since I take the train to work, but when I'm out and about, I love the way it feels now.

When I drove down to Cincinnati/Northern KY last week, the curvy roads were beautiful and changing lanes at high speeds felt much smoother than it did before the RSB was added.



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Old 09-24-2010, 08:00 AM   #727
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OK... I've been offered a 08 WRX sedan rear swaybar/bushings/endlinks for a good price.... will a sedan sway fit on a 2010 OBS? The guy said that sedan/hatch swaybars are the same, but I want to make sure with fellow OBS owners first before I buy. Also, I've read about mounting brackets.. what are they and where can I get them? Cheers!
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:56 AM   #728
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As far as I'm aware, the swaybar is the same for the sedan and hatchback. It should fit just fine.

As for the mounting brackets, not sure. My dealer ordered them and the other necessary installation parts for me when they installed the RSB on my '10 OBS.

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OK... I've been offered a 08 WRX sedan rear swaybar/bushings/endlinks for a good price.... will a sedan sway fit on a 2010 OBS? The guy said that sedan/hatch swaybars are the same, but I want to make sure with fellow OBS owners first before I buy. Also, I've read about mounting brackets.. what are they and where can I get them? Cheers!
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:03 AM   #729
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OK... I guess I'll give my dealer a call... I was hoping you installed yourself, so you can give me the lowdown on how to do it! Anyone install the RSB themselves... how easy is it?
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:43 AM   #730
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OK... I guess I'll give my dealer a call... I was hoping you installed yourself, so you can give me the lowdown on how to do it! Anyone install the RSB themselves... how easy is it?
I installed mine myself and it was a piece of cake. Hardest part was trying to figure out how to tighten the end link bolts... Just backed the car up on the Rhino ramp, chocked the front wheels, loosely mounted sway bar to car using the two brackets, installed the end links, and tightened everything up. And did it all by myself. Very easy job to do!
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:01 PM   #731
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Can everyone please stop obsessing over gas mileage and just enjoy their cars? We all know that Subaru's get crappy gas mileage. And i think i speak for everyone when i say that, if i was concerned with gas mileage, i wouldn't have bought a Subaru.
Incidentally, I filled up the other day, and immediately went to a touchless car wash where I just idled in there (probably should have shut it off.) Since then, I've only driven to the train station 3 miles away. After three days of that, my average is at 19.3



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Old 09-24-2010, 01:50 PM   #732
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I installed a Rallitek RSB a couple weeks ago, and I think it's been a decent addition. The OBS no longer leans in any corner, and it seems to track significantly straighter in regular driving. Honestly, that's the one piece that is the most noticeable for me - I'm not constantly course-correcting the car any more.

Has anyone else felt the same after installing one?

Also, screwing in one of my endlinks was a huge PITA! I had to hold the bolt with the allen fitting on the inside of the bolt, and then just get the nut with a wrench. On the first one, I could use a socket with no problem though as the bolt didn't spin.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:53 AM   #733
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Incidentally, I filled up the other day, and immediately went to a touchless car wash where I just idled in there (probably should have shut it off.) Since then, I've only driven to the train station 3 miles away. After three days of that, my average is at 19.3



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I think I am having the same problem. I've done a couple touchless car washes since I've had the car (end of May.) Each time I left the car idling rather than turning it off and ever since it feels like my gas mileage has done down noticeably.
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:00 AM   #734
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I installed a Rallitek RSB a couple weeks ago, and I think it's been a decent addition. The OBS no longer leans in any corner, and it seems to track significantly straighter in regular driving. Honestly, that's the one piece that is the most noticeable for me - I'm not constantly course-correcting the car any more.

Has anyone else felt the same after installing one?

Also, screwing in one of my endlinks was a huge PITA! I had to hold the bolt with the allen fitting on the inside of the bolt, and then just get the nut with a wrench. On the first one, I could use a socket with no problem though as the bolt didn't spin.
What size rsb? Seems like you kept the oem fsb? Sway bars are on my short list of mods, for sometime during the life of the car. Seems that most posts I've read about upgrades/installs of sway bars people tend to upgrade the front whilst getting a new rsb. I'm guessing that's because most want the larger bar in front? It seems like the easier thing to do would be to get new rsb, then later upgrade front as I can, as long as that combo doesn't have undesirable results.

I've looked at some online vids for installing, and they all suggest you should use an Allen wrench with an open ratcheting wrench. Looks like a pain though, esp if you are using a crescent wrench.

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Old 09-27-2010, 09:07 AM   #735
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What size rsb? Seems like you kept the oem fsb? Sway bars are on my short list of mods, for sometime during the life of the car. Seems that most posts I've read about upgrades/installs of sway bars people tend to upgrade the front whilst getting a new rsb. I'm guessing that's because most want the larger bar in front? It seems like the easier thing to do would be to get new rsb, then later upgrade front as I can, as long as that combo doesn't have undesirable results.

I've looked at some online vids for installing, and they all suggest you should use an Allen wrench with an open ratcheting wrench. Looks like a pain though, esp if you are using a crescent wrench.

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I think most people have just added the OEM WRX RSB to go with the stock front sway bar. I believe RalliTEK is the only company currently making a larger FSB for the N/A cars. Perrin is working on it, but last time I talked with Adam it was not done yet.

I have the WRX RSB and it is definitely better than stock, but waiting for Perrin to finish their N/A FSB and going with the 25mm front and adjustable 22mm rear Perrin sway bars.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:56 AM   #736
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What size rsb? Seems like you kept the oem fsb? Sway bars are on my short list of mods, for sometime during the life of the car. Seems that most posts I've read about upgrades/installs of sway bars people tend to upgrade the front whilst getting a new rsb. I'm guessing that's because most want the larger bar in front? It seems like the easier thing to do would be to get new rsb, then later upgrade front as I can, as long as that combo doesn't have undesirable results.

I've looked at some online vids for installing, and they all suggest you should use an Allen wrench with an open ratcheting wrench. Looks like a pain though, esp if you are using a crescent wrench.
Yeah, I left the front alone. I don't think that I would get the improvement per $ that adding the rear gives.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:38 PM   #737
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I swapped the rear for an 09 OEM WRX bar, then I swapped to the Rallitek Front & Rear sway bars (22f/19r). The WRX rear sway was great, the Rallitek setup is better. Edit: much better!

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Old 09-28-2010, 04:54 PM   #738
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For those who change their own oil on the 08+ obs's, which do you use and your experiences with it?
I plan to do my own oil changes from here on out and was curious what everyone's experiences have been? Thanks
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Old 09-30-2010, 04:47 PM   #739
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While we're on the subject: how difficult would you say installing away bars is? It looks straight forward enough. though I once snafu'd a thermostat replacement, to give you an jfea of my relative skull level.

Also, iirc, the '11 obs doesn't have a rsb. Would I just be able to install one, or would I have to get some sort of extra mounting kit and do some drilling?

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Old 09-30-2010, 05:52 PM   #740
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I had my dealer install it on my '10 OBS as I'm not mechanically inclined. But from what I've read, there shouldn't be any drilling required. Just the mounting brackets and screws and it should bolt right up.

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While we're on the subject: how difficult would you say installing away bars is? It looks straight forward enough. though I once snafu'd a thermostat replacement, to give you an jfea of my relative skull level.

Also, iirc, the '11 obs doesn't have a rsb. Would I just be able to install one, or would I have to get some sort of extra mounting kit and do some drilling?

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Old 10-01-2010, 08:23 AM   #741
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Also, iirc, the '11 obs doesn't have a rsb. Would I just be able to install one, or would I have to get some sort of extra mounting kit and do some drilling?

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No drilling or anything else required. Just need the RSB, frame mounts and bushing, and end links with mounting hardware. All the holes to mount to are already there!
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:14 AM   #742
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Anyone know if a 2008+ wrx/sti hood will fit on a 2008+ obs??

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Old 10-02-2010, 08:50 PM   #743
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It'll fit - its been talked about before - it just doesnt serve a purpose without having an intercooler under there.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:44 PM   #744
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Ya that's true.. But it does give it a meaner look.
In what thread was it talked about?
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:30 PM   #745
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Hey, has anyone else noticed moisture in the rear taillights after getting the car washed? Seemed there was a lot of condensation in there the last time I took it to the local car wash place.

All dried nice and clear, but was just curious.
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:08 PM   #746
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Hey, has anyone else noticed moisture in the rear taillights after getting the car washed? Seemed there was a lot of condensation in there the last time I took it to the local car wash place.

All dried nice and clear, but was just curious.
I've never had an issue with condensation......
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:58 PM   #747
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Ya that's true.. But it does give it a meaner look.
In what thread was it talked about?
In many, many threads. Search it. Pretty much ever since Subaru introduced turboed cars in the US, the feeling of many Subie owners is that if it's not a turbo, it shouldn't have a scoop. Really it's up to everyone to decide for themselves, but don't be surprised if you get some falk for it.

Personally, I think there are a TON of more better mods to make before I dump money on a hood. If I were looking for exterior mods, I would probably do the WRX/STI spoiler and/or bumper and side-skirts.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:49 AM   #748
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Hey, has anyone else noticed moisture in the rear taillights after getting the car washed? Seemed there was a lot of condensation in there the last time I took it to the local car wash place.

All dried nice and clear, but was just curious.
I get that when I wash my car either by hand or in the auto wash. It does dry out fine, and I only see the fog right after I do it. I have not seen it in the rain, so I think it's more about the angle of the forced water.
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:30 AM   #749
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I agree with the "meaner" look. My mom has a '99 SUS (original model before they renamed it the Outback Sedan) and it's got the hood scoop, but no turbo.

Definitely makes it stand out.

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In many, many threads. Search it. Pretty much ever since Subaru introduced turboed cars in the US, the feeling of many Subie owners is that if it's not a turbo, it shouldn't have a scoop. Really it's up to everyone to decide for themselves, but don't be surprised if you get some falk for it.

Personally, I think there are a TON of more better mods to make before I dump money on a hood. If I were looking for exterior mods, I would probably do the WRX/STI spoiler and/or bumper and side-skirts.
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Old 10-06-2010, 02:02 PM   #750
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In many, many threads. Search it. Pretty much ever since Subaru introduced turboed cars in the US, the feeling of many Subie owners is that if it's not a turbo, it shouldn't have a scoop. Really it's up to everyone to decide for themselves, but don't be surprised if you get some falk for it.

Personally, I think there are a TON of more better mods to make before I dump money on a hood. If I were looking for exterior mods, I would probably do the WRX/STI spoiler and/or bumper and side-skirts.
I agree with Ogden, you will probably hear some smack talk from WRX/STI owners especially since the hoodscoop went away awhile ago with the Hawkeye N/A's. I chose other exterior mods like the skirts, STI spoiler, and rear bumper with diffuser. I also put a wind deflector on the front end. While, it doesn't look the same as a WRX, it has its own style.
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