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Old 04-09-2002, 01:22 PM   #1
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Default cusco front tower bar impressions

got the cusco bar yesterday from digitalracer.com

high quality material.

the installation took me about 2hours. you're like ***? on a strutbar??! unless i got help from you guys on this forum, i would've not been able to install this thing.

you need to bend the airconditioner aluminum pipe and relocate the pipe's mounting braket to the lower screw. otherwise, the stb will press down on the ac pipe very hard possibly causing damage where the pipe enters the firewall.

im japanese and found that the cusco instructions in japanese was ... useless. the jdm wrx does not have that pipe behind the intercooler. i mounted the factory horn on the bolt holding the cruise control unit.

i tried it out this morning. i have TEIN HA's on there with after market 17 wheels/tires. the car felt heck of a lot more responsive. probably can't tell so much on the factory sus but the difference is significant. yep, happy with product, but for those of you who might not wish to bend the ac piping it is not for you.
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Old 04-11-2002, 11:53 PM   #2
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I had to bend mine too but part of the AC line still hits the strut bat but it just touches it not pushes it though. It looks great though it has blue ends and I have a blue WRX make the engine bay look a heck of lot better. Your right the responsiveness of the car got a lot better I can makemore accurate turns now.
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Old 10-19-2002, 05:39 PM   #3
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yeah it took me like a half an hour to an hour to install cuz i couldnt see why the strut bar wont fit. then i noticed the bracket. I just took it off completely and the hose touches he strut bar but it has the foam-like wrapping around it. so, yeah... i didnt even have Japanese instructions to help me out!

anyways, after that was done, it was an easy install.

i feel the front is a bit stiffer, but it causes more understeer as a result. they dont have the rear bar available cuz its all at the dock right now.

what i did notice was that my launches were MUCH improved! (didnt expect that) And the bling factor is nice as well.

i like it, but i need the rear bar... and a sway bar until i can truely enjoy the handling.
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Old 10-21-2002, 04:08 AM   #4
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I have both front and rear Cusco STBs (front Type OS, rear Type CB) and the Type II lower brace. The car as a whole feels much stiffer and steering is much more precise, but now it is obvious that those *****ty RE92s are the weakest link. I did all of the braces because I intend on switching over to coil-overs and 17"s.
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