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Old 08-22-2014, 12:26 PM   #1
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I have a 2011 WRX STi 5-door (hatchback) and purchased the Whiteline Front 24MM adjustable Sway Bar (BSF39XZ) and Whiteline endlinks (KLC32). After installation I found out that there is very little room between the sway bar and the tie rod (less than a finger's width) and the end of the sway bar is hitting the tie rod when the steering wheel is at full lock.

I installed the sway bar while the car was on ramps to keep the suspension under load. The end links were installed according to the directions with the washers and spacers in the correct places. There is no possible way I can get the end links any more vertical. The bar seems like it is too short or the bend isn't quite right. With it like this I can't use the other adjustment hole or the bar would be right up against the sway bar.

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(passenger side)
(drivers side)


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Old 08-22-2014, 12:33 PM   #2
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WL has had fitment/mfg issues on several bars. Recommend returning them and getting Super Pro (Cygnus Perf).
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:59 PM   #3
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I can't see your pics from work, but I think I had a similar issue with WL's 22mm rear on my 2014 WRX--I can't adjust it to the longer lever arm, due to endlink-bolt interference.
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:02 PM   #4
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I can't see your pics from work, but I think I had a similar issue with WL's 22mm rear on my 2014 WRX--I can't adjust it to the longer lever arm, due to endlink-bolt interference.
I tried embedding them, not sure that will help you. The whiteline rear sway/endlink is fine, it's just the front I'm having an issue with.
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:46 PM   #5
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I'd have to go back and look under my car to confirm clearance. However, I just installed the Whiteline 22mm adjustable front/rear bars and kartboy endlinks on my '11 STI 2 weeks ago. I had absolutely no clearance issues and could properly adjust them to any of the 3 notches on the rear and both notches on the front. My endlinks are also completely vertical all around.

I know this isn't apples to apples since you used the whiteline endlinks and 24mm sway bar, but you either should try to reinstall them from scratch to see if something went sour during the install to cause this, or exchange the front bar for another one from Whiteline to see if it really is caused by the bar being improperly bent. I have read that Whiteline has had to send replacements to members here due to improperly bent sway bars.
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:49 PM   #6
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Take better pictures...

Straight from the front of the car.
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:49 PM   #7
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I'd have to go back and look under my car to confirm clearance. However, I just installed the Whiteline 22mm adjustable front/rear bars and kartboy endlinks on my '11 STI 2 weeks ago. I had absolutely no clearance issues and could properly adjust them to any of the 3 notches on the rear and both notches on the front. My endlinks are also completely vertical all around.

I know this isn't apples to apples since you used the whiteline endlinks and 24mm sway bar, but you either should try to reinstall them from scratch to see if something went sour during the install to cause this, or exchange the front bar for another one from Whiteline to see if it really is caused by the bar being improperly bent.
I forgot to mention I took the swaybar completely out this week to make sure it wasn't installed backwards (it wasn't). I ended up reinstalling from scratch and still had the same issue. It has to be something wrong with the bar. I sent an email to Whiteline support but haven't heard back yet. I'll give them till early next week before I start calling them.
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Old 08-22-2014, 02:42 PM   #8
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Take better pictures...

Straight from the front of the car.
I can do that tonight. Thought the ones I took would show the clearance better.
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:51 AM   #9
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Got a response from Whiteline. The bends are wrong on the bar. They're going to send me a new one.
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