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Old 06-12-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Cusco front strut bar blocks intercooler intake

Hey Guys. New to the forums and was hoping for some help/info on installing the Cusco front strut bar.

I searched online and on forums on how to install these strut bar and it seemed straight forward. I tried to install the bar this weekend, and everything was going well until I tried to close the hood and noticed that the intercooler intake piece was bending backwards because the strut bar was in the way.

I have the car on a level ground and tightened the bolts equally on both sides before tightening all the way down. I also tried to "push" the bar further back a bit, but that obviously didn't help.

Any ideas on what im doing wrong?

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Old 06-12-2012, 11:03 PM   #2
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also helps if i told you guys that I have a 2012 wrx with everything stock so far.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:44 AM   #3
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Turn it around?
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:00 AM   #4
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Ummm.. i know i have it in the right direction.
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:14 AM   #5
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Photo?
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+1 for the photo.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:20 AM   #7
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i'll be able to post a photo when i get home from work.

Thanks.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:08 PM   #8
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The intercooler intake in the middle will hit the strut bar just by a few centimeters and it will bend backwards. Not sure what I did wrong on this install.

If anyone has an advice/info it would be appreciated.

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Old 06-14-2012, 02:02 PM   #9
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Do you have a sedan or hatch (just curious) and do you have the part-number for the bar?

I wonder if this is a bar for a non-turbo model or other Subaru model?
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:28 PM   #10
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I have the sedan and the part number is: CUS 692 540 A

I bought the part from rallysportdirect.com
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:38 PM   #11
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Do you have any other pictures of the bar installed? Say from higher up in the center, and from the sides? I would like to see how the bar itself is shaped.

The center of the Beatrush bar is curved rearward to compensate for the I/C and Whiteline's is a smaller diameter tube versus the more wide and flat diameter bar by Cusco. The bar from GT Spec is similar to that of Cusco and based on the pictures posted on RSD's website, seems to sit a bit further back/closer to the firewall.

It's also possible that the bar is correct, but because of manufacturing tolerances: your strut towers are closer to the front of the vehicle; the hood is closer to the windshield, and the intercooler splitter is also shifted toward the windshield. Because of this, everything comes together to make your day that much more frustrating; it won't fit.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:35 PM   #12
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Hopefully you can get something out of this. It's just a very slight block.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:51 PM   #13
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trim the duct.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:43 AM   #14
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I dont think triming the duct is going to work because it will still bend backwards. Unless i cut the whole duct off which I dont want to do that.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:25 PM   #15
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I was about to order one of these for my car... guess I will wait.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:07 PM   #16
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No one has any ideas?
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:18 PM   #17
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Can you take a pic of EXACTLY where it is rubbing.......i am ray charles right now and don't see ****. Cusco front tower bar always angles backward, are you refering to the ac line?
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No one has any ideas?
I went back to Rally Sport Direct's website and noticed this review/comment.

Cusco Front Strut Bar on 2011 WRX

"Easy install. Just make sure when close the hood. the scoop that plastic may hit the strut bar...you can see the photo on Cusco instruction paper too..."

Did you see anything in the instructions that mentions this?
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:45 PM   #19
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I saw that on the rallysportdirect site also and talked to the support but they had no idea either.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:04 PM   #20
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Send it back, strut bars on these cars are for looks anyways.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:16 AM   #21
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I've been wondering about this as well. Fast WRX has this disclaimer on the description.

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2008+ bars bolt directly on, with no relocating of hoses, although for the WRX you'll have to remove the little scoopie flap at the back of the hood.


http://www.fastwrx.com/cusfronstrut.html
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2008+ bars bolt directly on, with no relocating of hoses, although for the WRX you'll have to remove the little scoopie flap at the back of the hood.
Those idiots meant to say "splitter" Yes, the bar will hit your splitter. Luckily for me, I replaced my splitter when I purchased the Process West TMIC so I won't have this problem with installing mine.
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Those idiots meant to say "splitter" Yes, the bar will hit your splitter. Luckily for me, I replaced my splitter when I purchased the Process West TMIC so I won't have this problem with installing mine.
Dan/Mach V are idiots?

But I am glad someone bumped a 6 month old thread....
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I am glad someone bumped a 6 month old thread....
Would you prefer he create a new thread on something that has been asked before? It shows he searched before asking, which most newbs fail to do
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Way to avoid the first part.
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