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Old 01-31-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default BD Legacy - What's the cheapest way to get an 18mm Outback bar to work?

I want to upgrade my '97 L-GT rear sway with an 18mm outback bar, and would like to just be able to mix and match stock parts from a junkyard to make it work. Can I use the outback bushings and endlinks?
I read I can also use 04+ impreza mounts that are a bit beefier, that use a newer style bushing, but is there any subaru that uses the newer style bushing that is 18mm?

-Besides going aftermarket, is there a newer style bushing, that will fit the 18mm outback bar?

-Also, What stock endlinks will work?

Healpp plz.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:10 PM   #2
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Make sure to get the bushings and brackets. Stock endlinks will work. It takes around 10 mins to take your stock one off and put the OB bar on. I see you posted on SLI too. Follow that DIY and you'll be golden.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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I know you said you wanted to use OEM parts, but if you want a slight upgrade, you could pick up some universal poly bushings from Energy Suspension or Prothane. Summit Racing carries both brands, just look up the 18mm version and you'll be good to go. You might also see if there's anybody local to you that carries either brand and just order them that way, save yourself Summit's minimum $9.99 S&H.

I'm partial to the Prothane greasable type, because they come with a grease zerk already on the bushing bracket for ease of greasing in the future.

An 18mm bar was the first mod I did to my '99 (back before I totalled it and ended up with the '97 as a replacement). I was very happy with the improvement in handling, and as 98legwag said, it's painfully easy to swap the sway bar.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:29 PM   #4
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Ok, cool I'm new to owning a car that's lived up north, and to subys. some things are engineered so well, even compared to honda b series (thats what i came from). i don't have to drain the trans fluid to swap a front axle? or even seperate the ball joint from the arm?! awesome! im not suprised that this sounds really easy, too.

thanks guys,
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:51 PM   #5
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WRXs are all 13, 17, or 20mm AFAIK. But the 17mm bushings from an 04-07 wrx will probably work (20464FE070). The whiteline part number would be W0406-18, but it doesn't seem to exist.
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