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Old 08-17-2010, 11:57 PM   #1
justg
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Default Front Strut Brace and Anti-Sway Bar Kit

Was just wondering if anyone knew if these would do anything in terms of voiding my warranty? What kind of improvements would I. Using the car as a daily driver, mostly highway.

http://www.rallitek.com/Cusco-Front-...aWRXSTi/p-4513

http://www.rallitek.com/RalliTEK-Ant...08-2010/p-4386

2009 Impreza 2.5i, I am leasing the car, possibly considering keeping it after the lease is up. If I don't keep it, would there be any resale value for the parts?
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:54 AM   #2
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I don't know whether those will void the warranty, although I doubt they will; but you will almost definitely be able to re-sell the parts after you no longer need them
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:12 AM   #3
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The swaybar kit will do you wonders. The strut brace, especially front, probably won't even be felt. For $155, skip it.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:36 AM   #4
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Was just wondering if anyone knew if these would do anything in terms of voiding my warranty?
No, nor will any other modification to your car.

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Old 08-18-2010, 11:56 AM   #5
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Exactly. You can't "void" your warranty. Subaru would have to prove that your modification caused any problems. So it would be hard to say that your sway bars caused your head gaskets to fail, for example.

Parts from a reputable company, correctly installed, should not be a concern.

Now to the fun stuff.

I have the Rallitek sway bar kit. Get it. Totally worth it. If you want to go with a less expensive option, you could buy an OEM 09+ WRX rear strut bar and some endlinks, and leave the front sway bar stock. It will still be a huge jump in performance, and would keep your costs down until you decide if you want to keep the car.

I also have the SPT front strut brace. It's on the car, but is really just a pretty ornament under the hood. In very rough terms, the brace keeps your strut mounts (top of the strut) from flexing under hard cornering. First, you have to really corner hard to get that flex, so you probably wouldn't notice it much in everyday driving. Second, the stock struts and springs on the 2.5i are fairly soft. So any flex in your strut mounts is almost certainly swamped and lost in the softness of your suspension. In other words, unless you have stiff enough suspension to tranfer enough force to the strut mount to flex it, save your money on this one. If you have a 5-speed, put it towards a short shifter and shifter bushings.

So why do I have the SPT strut brace on my car if it's not worth much? It was Christmas gift from my awesome wife, so good or not, it's going on the car. That is behavior to be encouraged!...just maybe with more focus.

As far as re-selling the parts, you can definitely sell them if you don't keep the car. You won't make back what you spent, but you'll get some.
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