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Old 12-11-2000, 10:50 PM   #1
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Post Rear Sway Install: As easy as they say!

I installed my new Whiteline 18-22 adjustable sway bar at 10:00 PM tonight, and it only took me 45 minutes. This was in the dark, by myself, no jacking the car up, and never having done any suspension work on a car before.

The only problems I had were loosening and tightening the passenger-side mount (learned that those hoses push out of the way easily), trying to close the mount clamps on the new bar/bushings (learned that pulling the bar to the rear helps to get the bolt started), a shoulder cramp while loosening the endlink on the driver's side (learned I'm out of shape ), and what I shall forever call "The Subie Twist", figuring out how to get the old bar out and the new one in without removing the muffler. Heck, I even remembered to grease the new bushings. Body roll is much less pronounced now, and the cornering feel is great.

So, to all you Impreza owners out there who haven't upgraded your rear bar, what are you waiting for? If I can do it, so can you!

Ross N.
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Old 12-12-2000, 01:08 AM   #2
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Grim,

Did you get the end links and upgraded mounts as well?

What did you set your bar at?

I was blown away as to what a difference my bar made set at 18mm. Can't wait to set it at 20 or 22.
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Old 12-12-2000, 06:44 AM   #3
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No end links or mounts yet, that would turn out to be a bit too much for a Christmas present. The word on the street is that the stock plastic end links will support up to a 19mm bar, so mine's set at 18 for now. It'll probably go to 20 when I get enough dough for new suspension. I'll be getting the endlinks then, but I may never get the mounts unless I start competing.

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Old 12-13-2000, 09:32 AM   #4
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how much is a whiteline adjustable swaybar???
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Old 12-13-2000, 11:18 AM   #5
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I got mine from CTC Motorsports on clearance. $140 + $20 for shipping.

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Old 12-13-2000, 12:35 PM   #6
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who is CTC??
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Old 12-13-2000, 12:44 PM   #7
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I dealt with Kyle. Their website is www.ctcmotorsports.com. Quite a pleasant buying experience. The clearance I got mine in was posted in the Vendor Classifieds a couple of weeks ago.

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Old 12-14-2000, 01:12 AM   #8
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Wait'll you try 22mm. Talk about oversteering delight! The car is completely flat and is sooo solid. I couldn't get the car dialed in properly with my kyb agx's so I turned it back down to 20mm for the winter.
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Old 12-14-2000, 01:44 AM   #9
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Any idea if you can use the Whiteline upgraded mounts with an FHI 20 mm rear bar?

I'd really like to get them, but don't know if they will work.

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