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Old 03-05-2005, 04:41 PM   #1
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Default I had too much salt (sway bar install)

I finally got around to installing a Whiteline adjustable rear sway bar and Perrin end links. The installation is easy--45 minutes tops-- but I ate a lot of salt from the underside of the BT before I was done. (Man, I can't wait for friggin' spring to come already).

I got the sway bar from Global Performance Parts (www.globalperformanceparts.com). It was about $165 plus shipping but don't hold me to it because it's been a while. Xcelleration, the only other place I could find that sells the Whiteline bar, wants something like $230 plus shipping.

I haven't had a chance to road test it yet, but will report back on that.

Glenn at GPP is sourcing a front sway bar for me as well. Whiteline doesn't make bars specifically for the BT but it does make them for the Legacy, Outback etc. and it's just a matter of figuring out which one will fit.

I am really happy with GPP. Glenn has gone above and beyond on this already and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

The Whiteline model number for the rear bar for a BT is BSR12XZ. It makes the OEM sway bar look like a twig. You need new bushings while you're at it. I don't know if the bushings come with the bar or if I had to order them separately.

The Perrin end links are nice bits but a bit pricey. Whiteline sells end links too but I don't know how they compare in quality or price to the Perrins.
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Old 03-05-2005, 06:57 PM   #2
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Drive it already! Need butt-dyno report please.
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Old 03-05-2005, 07:33 PM   #3
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Ya i want to know that is what i'm going to get when i start making money detailing


PS i give discounts for Bajas..
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:17 AM   #4
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News bulletin, this just in...

So, I took it for a couple of test runs. At the 19mm setting, I noticed two things right away. One, a noticeable oversteer. Two, the rear end did seem more planted, however. On point two, the feeling is hard to describe, but I could feel what the rear end was doing. It just seemed more solid. However, I didn't like the change because of the oversteer.

I reset the bar to 21mm and it's damn near perfect. The car really turns in and I have the same solid feel at the back end too.

For $165 plus shipping, I think it's worth the money.

Once I get the front bar on, things will change again. I'll report back after I get that and install it.
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Old 03-07-2005, 09:31 AM   #5
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Good to hear -- this could serve as a 'wife stealth mod' -- I'm cleaning the underside honey.

Thanks for the update -- from GPP site:
H/duty swaybar-rr Blade adjust.
[BSR12XZ]
$187.00

What other settings are available? 19mm, 21mm, ??

Now if Glenn can find a set of coilovers allowing us to keep close to stock ride height for winter and a Legacy height for summer that would be great!
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Old 03-07-2005, 10:21 AM   #6
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mjalex - You've GOT to share your price chopping secrets with us, you've always got the deals!! Thanks for putting in the legwork!
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Old 03-07-2005, 01:51 PM   #7
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Thanks for the update -- from GPP site:
H/duty swaybar-rr Blade adjust.
[BSR12XZ]
$187.00

What other settings are available? 19mm, 21mm, ??
Dunno why the price I paid and what's posted are different. Looks like I got even a better deal than I thought.

The bar can be set at either 19 mm or 21 mm. There's no other.
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