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Old 06-14-2001, 02:22 AM   #1
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Post Whiteline Poly rear endlink install clarification

The illustrations for the installation of the rear endlinks are not clear as to the position of the washers on the sway bar interface end of the links. THis is a diagram of how I installed mine. Did I install the washers correctly?

Driver side for example:

(LEFT)Bolt | Large washer | bushing | swaybar | small washer | nyloc nut (RIGHT)

This has the bushing rotating directly on the bar end.

The passenger side is a mirror of this.
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Old 06-14-2001, 05:44 AM   #2
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If you look closely at the pics here you may be able to see how I did it:
http://www.scoobymods.com/mods/impreza/endlinks.php

Just an FYI - I removed my Whiteline solid links and replaced them with the OEM links and Kartboy insert bushings. The bushings are cheaper, you can get front and rear inserts for less than just purchasing the rear Whiteline links. The solid links and the OEM ones with the stiffer inserts feel the same. Both give quicker steering feel letting the bar come into play faster than the OEM bushings/links. Here is a link to the KB inserts:
http://www.scoobymods.com/mods/impreza/droplinks.php

Added bonus, the inserts make the links still look G-Stock um I mean stock. (I'm STS anyway)

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Old 06-14-2001, 07:07 AM   #3
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Peaty: I used that photo as a reference. The front bushings probably dont fit on my 2002 RS. I paid $45 for my endlinks which was less than the $55 price of the rear bushings and didnt require me to go through the process of removing the factory bushings from the plastic. I also wonder if the steel bars are equaly as stiff as the plastic. There may be some value to others in having the OEM links in their original state. I have a pair of OEM links for sale now if you value that OEM look. :-)

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Old 06-14-2001, 09:02 AM   #4
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I was told that the plastic they use is very stiff and does not flex as much as originally though. Its' the same stuff they make guns out of. What flexes a lot is the bushing. They are pretty soft. Boy the price has gone down on the links. When I got the rear whitelines I paid 80+ shipping.
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Old 06-14-2001, 10:25 PM   #5
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I was also a bit confused, but I put the small washer between the bushing and the swaybar. My thinking was that this will prevent the bushing from deforming into the bolt hole in the sway bar when things are tightened down and moving around.

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Old 06-15-2001, 01:17 AM   #6
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dvancleve: I would change that washer because you may be binding the washer and have more surface area exposed to the bushing. It seems unsafe to configure it in a way the manufacturer didn't test. I am a novice, so I would consult an expert if I were you.

Peaty: The chicks really dig the yellow bushings

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Old 06-15-2001, 04:39 PM   #7
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ThinkTank,

Thanks for your concern. I think the way I did it IS what is illustrated on the little Whiteline paper that comes with them. It makes more sense to me, and the factory bar/bushing setup just had the nut against the swaybar which is how mine is. I will check everything for tightness sometime soon, but the front link hardware didn't loosen up at all so I doubt the back will either.

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