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Old 04-13-2004, 03:06 AM   #1
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Question Helix Front ENdlinks

would there be any benefit to adding new front endlinks with the stock front sway bar? would it make a noticeable difference?

also, would the stock rear endlinks be ok with a Cusco adj. rear swaybar? this would only be temporary and i will be ordering some rear endlinks once i get more cash.

thanks a lot.

btw, the front endlinks are Helix.
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Old 04-13-2004, 04:22 AM   #2
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First, I assume that we're talking about an '02 WRX wagon like mine. The sedan and wagon use different front endlinks, and in fact the sedan endlinks are already metal and don't need to be upgraded in most cases.

The endlinks - whether front or rear - will not make the bar stiffer, but will allow the bars to react more quickly to changes in load. They are a good upgrade and one that a lot of wagon owners have done to the stock front swaybar.

The other thing you can do is replace the the soft stock rubber front swaybar bushings with poly bushings from SuperPro - they're about $20. The harder bushings do effectively increase the rate of the bar - so that would be a good thing to do after you add the Cusco rear bar (which will come with it's own harder bushings). Both PDM Racing and Boxer4Racing sell SuperPro. SuperPro makes the bushings for all the Whiteline products.

You can certainly run the Cusco bar without upgrading the rear endlinks right away. Most peope upgrade soon since they want the benefit of the stiffer endlink along with freedom from worrying about the soft plastic stock endlinks failing under the loads imposed by the larger bar.

Finally, another inexpensive upgrade you can consider is getting the rear swaybar mounts from the '04 WRX (not STI). They are about $30 and are much sturdier than the stock '02/'03 mounts.
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Old 04-13-2004, 04:27 AM   #3
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hey, thanks for the info i just spoke with gruppe-S and they are wagon specific only, i was supposed to get their Rear endlinks and got those by mistake

would auto-X put alot of stress on the stock rear endlinks? and the 04 mounts are something i can get from the dealer or should i order online? thanks!
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Old 04-13-2004, 05:22 AM   #4
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Auto-X can certainly put a lot of stress on those stock endlinks, but it really depends upon how you have the bar set. The stiffer the bar, the greater the load.

There are not a lot of posts out there of people snapping the stock links on a daily basis, but it does happen. I'm sure it won't take Gruppe-S long to get you the right endlinks.

Your local dealer should have/be able to get the '04 WRX rear swaybar mounts. My local guy - Chris from Gilman North in Houston - will match Internet prices and he seems to be able to get stuff pretty quick. No shipping charges, of course but you do have to pay tax.

04 mount part #'s are--

clamp stabilizer x2- 20466fe000
Brackets(mounts) - 20540fe200
- 20540fe210 (left and right, of course - not sure which is which)

subaruparts.com sold them to Uncle Scotty for $27.51 shipped in December

From this thread:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...t&pagenumber=1

I bought the Whiteline 20mm heavy duty mounts from MPJ for $70 shipped because I needed the poly bushings for the OEM 20mm bar I bought - which of course comes stock on your '02 sedan. The '02 wagon's and '03 wagons and sedans get 17mm.

Too bad we didn't hook up earlier or I could have bought your stock bar from you
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