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Old 04-19-2013, 01:03 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a front and rear pair of anti-roll sway bars. I'm interested in the Eibach 24mm and 22mm combo. I called Eibach today to make sure this would work okay on a 2012 model car. Their site says it's for 2011, but clearly is not listed for the 2012.

Apparently they have not tested it on the 2012, but other sites sell it and say they're ok.

Does anyone know for sure?

Amazon has the pair for under $300. A good deal. I'd also consider Whiteline, but they're more money and I'm 42 years old and just want a more level ride. I'm not a racer.

Check these out...
Eibach 7717.320 Anti-Roll-Kit Front and Rear Performance Sway Bar Kit : Amazon.com : AutomotiveEibach 7717.320 Anti-Roll-Kit Front and Rear Performance Sway Bar Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive

Also, for the record, the Eibach model is 7717.320.

I'd appreciate if anyone can confirm this for me. If so, I'm going to buy it and install on Saturday.

Oh, one more question... can I install these bars with the car jacked up? Or must the weight be on the wheels?

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Old 04-19-2013, 02:01 AM   #2
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You should be fine installing the Eibach sway bars. 2011-2012 are the same just some minor appearance changes (chrome headlights etc) Suspension component are the same that is why most places have 2008+ or 2011-2013 for parts.

For installation you will want to keep the car on the ground/ramps. You want the weight be on the wheels.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:12 AM   #3
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I think the correct kit for 2011-2013 WRX should be the Eibach 7718.320. The 7717.320 is for 2008-2010 WRX only, when I search around online. The suspension setup changed in the 2011 model year to match the STI widebody flares.

Both kits are also listed on Eibach's website as being 25mm front/22mm rear. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:52 AM   #4
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I think the correct kit for 2011-2013 WRX should be the Eibach 7718.320. The 7717.320 is for 2008-2010 WRX only, when I search around online. The suspension setup changed in the 2011 model year to match the STI widebody flares.

Both kits are also listed on Eibach's website as being 25mm front/22mm rear. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
This is correct, you need the 7718 kit for the 2011+ WRX. I have these same sway bars on my 2012, and they are good quality.

Here is the link for the right ones on Amazon ..

Eibach 7718.320 Anti-Roll-Kit Front and Rear Performance Sway Bar Kit : Amazon.com : AutomotiveEibach 7718.320 Anti-Roll-Kit Front and Rear Performance Sway Bar Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:05 AM   #5
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This is correct, you need the 7718 kit for the 2011+ WRX. I have these same sway bars on my 2012, and they are good quality.

Here is the link for the right ones on Amazon ..

Eibach 7718.320 Anti-Roll-Kit Front and Rear Performance Sway Bar Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive
Thanks for that, I was looking for a combo to save money.. Im curious if this particular combo is right for me though.. I want a kit that will make the car a little better at cornering.. not for track use or something that will make the ride a lot more harsh... i need to do more research anyway.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:27 AM   #6
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You will love the difference with the eibachs. I wa surprised at how much difference they made reducing body roll , I would get kart boy end links too
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:38 AM   #7
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Thank you so much. Having a resource like NASIOC is absolutely indispensable. I ordered the product just now. It will be here tomorrow. You gotta love Amazon Prime!!!

Will update after installation.

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Good info, if I wasn't under warranty I would consider these. I dislike the slight body roll the car has too.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:15 AM   #9
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Good info, if I wasn't under warranty I would consider these. I dislike the slight body roll the car has too.
life is too short to be worrying about warranty. do it and be happy.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:44 AM   #10
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Thanks for that, I was looking for a combo to save money.. Im curious if this particular combo is right for me though.. I want a kit that will make the car a little better at cornering.. not for track use or something that will make the ride a lot more harsh... i need to do more research anyway.
It will make a difference in handling that you will notice. You would be amazed at how different you can make a car feel just by messing with the front and rear sway bars.

Here is a link to a great write up done by Cygnus Performance regarding sway bar set ups and such.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2462278



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Good info, if I wasn't under warranty I would consider these. I dislike the slight body roll the car has too.
I wouldn't call the WRX's body roll slight .. it is by far one of the biggest weaknesses of the car in terms of driving feel. Sways are a very safe upgrade if you also upgrade the endlinks .. since those are the only thing that would likely break from adding larger swaybars. If you added them, only your suspension components warranty would be effected. Subaru won't deny powertrain stuff just because you have aftermarket sway bars ... no one ever blew a motor or tranny due to sway bars.

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:30 AM   #11
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Anyone looking for the Eibach 7718.320 sway bar kit check out Tire Rack's price.
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My tirerack order showed up yesterday!
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:51 PM   #13
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Good info, if I wasn't under warranty I would consider these. I dislike the slight body roll the car has too.
Do a safe change and just upgrade to the STi rear swaybar and bushings, the dealer will install them without voiding the warranty. Made a world of difference to me, now the front and rear end act together, and its a safe cheap option.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:54 PM   #14
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Do a safe change and just upgrade to the STi rear swaybar and bushings, the dealer will install them without voiding the warranty. Made a world of difference to me, now the front and rear end act together, and its a safe cheap option.
Agreed, cheap and effective.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:50 PM   #15
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Do a safe change and just upgrade to the STi rear swaybar and bushings, the dealer will install them without voiding the warranty. Made a world of difference to me, now the front and rear end act together, and its a safe cheap option.
Good info thanks!
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:26 PM   #16
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Do a safe change and just upgrade to the STi rear swaybar and bushings, the dealer will install them without voiding the warranty. Made a world of difference to me, now the front and rear end act together, and its a safe cheap option.
Do you have a ballpark price on what these usually go for? Looks like most new Sway bars go for about $300 (pair) and endlinks are about $100.

This is one of the first mods I'd like to do but I figured if I'm going to spend the money I might as well get something better than STI stock parts. However, if the price is right, the price is right.
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Sorry, I should have specified in the use market. I'd imagine there's a fair amount of STI owners upgrading.

I only found the rear for 09-12 (I assume it will fit the 13 though).

http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...oducts_id=1690

$96. So probably about $200 for front and rear. Maybe $125 used?
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Good info, if I wasn't under warranty I would consider these. .
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100% serious. I've owned heavily modified cars and I'm done with that. Just looking for a fun daily driving experience with the backing of a factory warranty.

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Not a bad price, I'll look into this for sure.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:26 PM   #21
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Sorry, I should have specified in the use market. I'd imagine there's a fair amount of STI owners upgrading.

I only found the rear for 09-12 (I assume it will fit the 13 though).

http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...oducts_id=1690

$96. So probably about $200 for front and rear. Maybe $125 used?
Not sure what you mean by front and rear, the front WRX swaybar is the same size as the STi. Just need to replace the rear swaybar, and buy the STi bushings, you can reuse the WRX brackets those are the same too.
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Not sure what you mean by front and rear, the front WRX swaybar is the same size as the STi. Just need to replace the rear swaybar, and buy the STi bushings, you can reuse the WRX brackets those are the same too.
Ahh I did not know the front was the same

It looks like the STI rear sway bar comes with the bushings.

Brackets = end links? If not, is it recommended I get new end links like it is when you buy aftermarket sway bars?
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Ahh I did not know the front was the same

It looks like the STI rear sway bar comes with the bushings.

Brackets = end links? If not, is it recommended I get new end links like it is when you buy aftermarket sway bars?
No need for new endlinks, what I meant was the bushing brackets are the same.
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Sorry, I should have specified in the use market. I'd imagine there's a fair amount of STI owners upgrading.

I only found the rear for 09-12 (I assume it will fit the 13 though).

http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/pr...oducts_id=1690

$96. So probably about $200 for front and rear. Maybe $125 used?
I've seen them for around $70 plus shipping for the rear bar. It's also a popular upgrade on foresters, so they go pretty fast.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:46 PM   #25
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For those of you using the Eibach sways, how do they compare to a solid bar? I'm looking to do 22f&r, but have concerns the Eibachs will be softer than I want. I do like the idea of less unsprung weight offered by the hollow bar.
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