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Old 05-11-2000, 05:58 AM   #1
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Question Frnt. Strut tower bar hitting hood scoop backing plate

i installed a JC Sports frnt. strut tower bar last night, and noticed it hits the backing plate to the hood scoop. does anyone have any recommendations on what to do? the bar is hitting the two rain downlette things i believe, so i was thinking about cutting them out of the backing plate or something. but for today i have taken off the backing plate, but i don't think this is the answer since rain will enter. please help.
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Old 05-11-2000, 06:38 AM   #2
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u have an RS i am assuming?

i have a Legacy GT and the strut bar doesn't hit up against anything... hmmm.... our hood scoops are waaay different... yeah, i have hood scoop envy!!

anyway, u may have to 'cut' something down to make it fit correctly... just like you were talking about... i am sure someone has had to do this...

RS guys??? help this guy out!!!

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Old 05-11-2000, 06:47 AM   #3
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yeah it is a MY00 RS coupe. i believe it is just hitting the two "drain downlettes" (i guess that is what you could call them) on the backing plate. so if anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated, cutting them out seems drastic to me, but if it is the only way it has gotta be done. thanx
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Old 05-11-2000, 06:47 AM   #4
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Does the Impreza strut bar fit the Legacy - although does the one you get bend over or around what would be the intercooler

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Old 05-11-2000, 06:52 AM   #5
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it goes over the air-box (plenum) i guess it is called. if you have an intercooler i do not think you could use the JC bar, you would have to go with the STI or something else that goes around it.
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Old 05-11-2000, 07:20 AM   #6
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Trim the little metal tabs off with some tin snips...or you need to bend them up.

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Old 05-11-2000, 07:21 AM   #7
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my STi bar also hit the hood scoop plug. at first i just banged that exact bluge flat, and it did not hit anymore.

i then just took the backing plate out, so you can see the bar even better.

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Old 05-11-2000, 07:28 AM   #8
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now if i trim the downlettes, what is the plate made out of? will i have to paint the cut area so it does not rust?
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Old 05-11-2000, 07:35 AM   #9
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the strut bar fit just fine in the GT...?? I didn't have to adjust a single thing...

and FWIW, you cannot use the JC strut brace w/an intercooler, it will not fit...

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Old 05-11-2000, 11:08 AM   #10
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SCC in one of the earlier installments of Project Subaru did this. You have to remove the backing plate in order for the JC bar to fit. Or you could hack up the backing plate until it fits...but I'd rather keep it all stock and just remove it. Looks cooler too!
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Old 05-11-2000, 06:26 PM   #11
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That is weird.. I say a few people with the JC bar and theirs fit fine. Must be a different batch.. All i know is that my SYMS's stuff fits perfect ..

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Old 05-13-2000, 12:24 AM   #12
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I had to trim the tabs off my plate to get the bar to fit too!

But I do love the bar!
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