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Old 03-23-2004, 08:16 PM   #1
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Talking Progress Adjustible Rear Sways are a direct Bolt-on for the FXT!

I just got my Progress Adjustible rear swaybar today from Ninosautoaccessories.com .

I paid $175 shipped and it was a direct bolt on. It comes with heavy duty bushings, mounts, brackets and all stainless hardware.

Best of all it can be adjusted from 20mm to 24mm

All I have to say is this is a MUST HAVE mod. The price was right, the effect was perfect and the install was pretty easy.

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Old 03-25-2004, 07:58 AM   #2
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did you have the sti bar on before?
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Old 03-25-2004, 08:34 AM   #3
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Nope, I had the stock 17mm on before, I wanted to wait and see if other options popped up.

It was cheaper then the STi bar and this is adjustible.

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Old 03-25-2004, 09:27 AM   #4
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What's the downside of an adjustable bar? Any disadvantages?
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Old 03-25-2004, 09:43 AM   #5
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What noticed improvement have you seen over no swaybar?
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Old 03-25-2004, 10:35 AM   #6
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The downside is usually the price of an adjustible bar. It's nice to have the option of Neutral (20mm) , Perfect (22mm) or Oversteer like a beeotch (24mm).

Instead of having to swap out the bar when it snows, I just have to remove 2 nuts and adjust.

SASniper, not sure what you mean, the XT comes stock with a 17mm bar. Though I had driven my old Impreza without a rear swaybar when I was swapping my stock one for a 20mm. It handled like a 1970's Plymouth Monarch.
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Old 03-25-2004, 11:03 AM   #7
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LOL!!!

Sorry I don't really pay much attention to the rear end of my car.

How does the adjustable compare to the stock then?
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Old 03-25-2004, 11:46 AM   #8
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Well, with the weight distibution of the car, 17mm is just not enough to make the FXT handle well.

20mm def helps the car gain control under hard cornering situations, but there's still a bit of understeer.

22mm is the perfect setting with my suspension set-up and wheel choice, I took a near 180 degree turn last night at around 35mph and the rear of the car just came right around and grabbed control as soon as I straightened it out.

24mm is overkill, but it is damn fun to go on a sandy or wet parking lot and just swing your ass around like you're driving a RWD car in the rain
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Old 03-25-2004, 11:58 AM   #9
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website is down
does it come as a kit or what? how long did install take?
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Old 03-25-2004, 01:02 PM   #10
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Look in the vendor classifieds, their site is down so you'll have to place an order over the phone or via e-mail.

It came as a complete kit:
Swaybar
(2) Bushings
(2) Heavy Duty Mounts
(2) Heavy Duty Brackets
(4) Stainless Bolts for the Brackets
(4) Stainless Bolts for the Mounts
Washers, Nuts and Grease for the Bushings as well.

Rather then having to buy the STi bits piece by piece, I'd highly reccomend this set-up.

Total install took me an hour, it would have been easier on a warm day while it was backed up on ramps, but alas, I had to crawl around on my driveway.
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Old 03-25-2004, 01:04 PM   #11
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Here's the original thread. PM him for details.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...light=progress
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Old 04-11-2004, 04:34 PM   #12
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so how is this thing working out for you now that youve had some time to test it out?
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Old 04-11-2004, 08:17 PM   #13
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It's one of my favorite mods so far, I can kick out the ass of my car on demand now and powerslide like an M3.

My only problem thus far is under heavy acceleration the muffler swings a little and bumps it, causing some noise and vibration, but I think a set of Kartboy stiffer hangers will fix that, or I'm going to try to weld up a small bracket to keep the exhaust from moving back.

Still, for less then purchasing all the parts for the STi rear swaybar, this was a much better value. (Adjust from 20mm to 24mm for less then the cost of a fixed STi 20mm) You can't go wrong.
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Old 04-11-2004, 09:12 PM   #14
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Pardon me for my newbie questions, but:

Installing a sway bar won't void any part of the warranty, will it?
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I must say that those heavy duty mounts are a must! I broke second one this week already with my whiteline bar!

so now I know which sway bar I'll get, thanks for info!
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Old 04-12-2004, 01:01 AM   #16
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Pardon me for my newbie questions, but:

Installing a sway bar won't void any part of the warranty, will it?
long version: search
short version: dealer cant 'void' your warranty but they can deny warranty work (coverage) if an altercation to your vehicle that you made causes problems.
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Old 04-12-2004, 02:28 AM   #17
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For warranty and mod info look here:

Great Info
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Old 04-12-2004, 08:40 AM   #18
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Would this setup be ok with a stock suspension?
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Old 04-12-2004, 10:09 AM   #19
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I did the STI 20mm Rear Swaybar mod. The complete "kit", including STi mounts, bushings, etc. cost:

2004 STi Rear Sway Bar (20mm) - 2004 STi Rear Sway Bar (20mm) $79.00 $79.00
2004 STi Rear Sway Bar (20mm) - STi Sway Bar Bushings (qty 2 needed) $4.10 $8.20
2004 STi Rear Sway Bar (20mm) - STi Stabilizer Brackets/rear sway (LH) $7.58 $7.58
2004 STi Rear Sway Bar (20mm) - STi Stabilizer Brackets/rear sway (RH) $7.58 $7.58
2004 STi Rear Sway Bar (20mm) - STi Rear Sway Clamp (qty 2 needed) $2.70 $5.40
2004 STi Rear Sway Bar (20mm) - Nut (qty 2 needed) $0.55 $1.10

For a total of $108.86 at www.allsubaru.com/ (ask for Jamie!!!). I don't know why you say your progress rear bar was cheaper ??? Actually, I got mine there using CHASE SubyBucks (they're the only ones I know who take these for online orders!!) so I actually didn't really have to "pay" for mine at all !!!

I think putting on a SUBARU bar is helpful if any warranty issues do come up and the 20mm STi bar has been done by lots of FXT owners with very satisfactory results. Why go to 24mm ??? (There are NO clearance/mounting issues with the Subaru STi unit. Well, yes, the 20mm STi bar is NOT adjustable to a greater size. And, no, you don't have to hunt out all the parts for the STi bar. You buy it as a kit.

Cheers,

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Brys- do you have an aftermarket exhaust or is that swaybar hitting up against the stock exhaust?

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I think putting on a SUBARU bar is helpful if any warranty issues do come up and the 20mm STi bar has been done by lots of FXT owners with very satisfactory results.
your dealer must be more lax than ours; ours said they would not approve an STi swaybar...
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Old 04-12-2004, 04:21 PM   #21
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It's a stock exhaust.

My dealership loves seeing my car everytime I bring it in, they wanna see what I do next.

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Old 04-12-2004, 04:29 PM   #22
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I don't know why you say your progress rear bar was cheaper ???


http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/foresterxt/
Simply because there is a JDM STi 24mm and 26mm kit for the STi that is a factory option. Try finding parts for that, you will spend an excess of $279.

Hence, my statement of the Progress being cheaper and a better bang for the buck.

For those of us who Auto-X and drive in heavy snow in the same car, it's a much better option then buying 3 swaybars at $130 / each and changing them depending on handling preference.
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Is everyone using bars for the wrx? We have used those in the past for auto X's and bent the stock end links.




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