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Old 12-20-2003, 08:27 PM   #1
jac
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Default Noob - 17mm WRX rear bar on a GC8 OBS....help!

Hi, new to scoobies, but not to good handling. My new-to-me 97 OBS is the winter car to my turbo miata. I have been searching for the answer to this, but finding little OBS info....Please excuse me if this is common knowledge.

That being said, the OBS just does not handle like a miata (wow...really?!?). I see that many folks have put the larger 17mm rear bar from the WRX wagon into the GC8 cars. I am not looking for a slotcar, I just don't want the car to feel as nose-heavy as it does. Reading the archives, i don't think i need and adj. one, or even the 20mm bar. I really don't ever want to worry about any oversteer or anything (my wife drives the car too....no suprises!) It needs to say super streetable.

I would like to do this, but i need to know what i need to replace/buy. Of course, i need the bigger bar, but do i need the bushings (i think so) & the drop links (i have no idea). Also, for folks who are selling/have sold them, do you sell the bushings & links with the bar? Ball park price for these?

TIA!

-jac - super scooby noob!
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Old 12-20-2003, 11:06 PM   #2
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I ran an 18mm for a year - no problem. Now I run an adjustable 19-21mm set at 21mm - no problem. I have driven lots of snow and it's fine. I do run four snows though.
I would get an adjustable if I were you. The 17mm is cheap though. Cobb/Cusco make the 19-21 while Whiteline has an 18-22mm adjustable.
You will need the bushings for the mounts to the chassis. They almost always are included either new or used. The stock endlinks will work fine, but the bushings in them are quite soft.
You can make one of these things handle with some work. Mine is regularly faster than the stock miatas in the local autox. No where near as quick in slaloms but makes up for it on exits.
Get some good tires on the car, and set the alignment more agressively and you will be pleased with the handling. These will do wonders for the turn-in feel.
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Old 12-21-2003, 08:47 AM   #3
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Thanks!

I don't plan on doing *too* much to this OBS, i have taken the miata past the point of every day streetable...don't need to do that again! Plus, i don't want to spend too much money on it, as i know in the future we will move to a used WRX wagon. I think that the 17mm has the bang for the buck that i am looking for!

cheapo-WRX axle back next!

thanks again!

-jac
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