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Old 05-22-2001, 02:21 PM   #1
clee01
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Question Strut Tower Brace

Finally, I received my parts today. Weather permitting, I plan to install these parts either tomorrow or the day after.

However, I had a question. I read the instructions on how to install it and it says the nuts are supposed be tightened to the listed torque. Is there similar requirement for the rear sway bar? If so, what's the required torque?

Thanks for your comments in advance. I'm very excited to install these already.

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Old 05-22-2001, 10:23 PM   #2
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Hey there Clee01,
Here are some links to check out... info and this strutbar info . I'm sitting here staring at my Rallispec 2.25 Forester exhaust!! itching to install it tomorrow in the morn if I have time before work. woohooo! <doing snoopydance> Man it sure is purty! Hope that helps ya out! btw you can actually just roll under the car to do the sway bar mod. it's very simple.
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Old 05-23-2001, 09:14 AM   #3
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The 18mm rear sway I got from SPT (Subaru OE, basically) had the torque specs printed with the instructions, IIRC.

It was not that high, though I don't remember exactly what they called for.

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Old 05-23-2001, 10:48 AM   #4
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Ok, I picked up the torque wrench this morning and installed it according to the specified torque setting. Now I gotta find a place to test-drive to see the effect of front strut tower brace.

Juice, do you happen to remember the range of the torque specification? The one for the front strut tower brace was 14.4 ft-lbs, if that's any relevant.

Thanks for all your help/comments!
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Old 05-24-2001, 06:14 PM   #5
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All right. Finished installing rear sway bar. I had some trouble taking out the old one and putting in the new one around the muffler but I got it.

Here's the pic. Does this look installed right? I mean, I don't see how it could not be since it's a simple replace but just want a confirmation.

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Thanks for your comments.
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Old 05-24-2001, 11:34 PM   #6
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Hey what did you do with the other screws?? and that endlink? you're supposed to use the yellow ones!... just kidding, looks right to me. told ya it was a cinch. welcome to the junior mechanic club!
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Old 05-25-2001, 12:25 AM   #7
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I think it was a little higher than that, but I don't remember the exact number. 20-25 rings a bell, but I'd look it up to make sure.

Actually, I was shocked by how little torque the front tower brace required. Then again the tendency is to over-tighten.

It may be in the shop manual - anyone have a set of those?

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Old 05-25-2001, 09:07 AM   #8
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Yep, looks like it's installed right to me -- nice and fat bar! Did your remember to put a bit of lithium grease between the bushings and bar?

Go out and try some turns -- you'll be smiling!

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Old 05-25-2001, 09:37 AM   #9
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Ooops, the lower two pics were of the original sway bar. I just updated the picture.

Ken, yes, I did remember to put the lithium grease between the bushings and the bar.

I tried some turns today and it does feel better. It makes me feel even better because I was able to do the install.

Thanks for all of you for giving me comments and help. I love this forum!!!
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