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Old 04-20-2005, 02:13 AM   #1
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Default A tip for installing rear swaybar mounts:

This can be used for any rear swaybar mounts, but...

As many people know, the 04-05 rear swaybar mounts are much beefier than prior year wrx's and RS's. Therefore, all of us with the pre-2004 cars can go to the local subaru dealership and order these 2004-05 mounts for our cars as an upgrade to prevent breaking our wimpy mounts. They're also much cheaper than aftermarket heavy duty mounts.

The driver's side mount is a breeze (two 12mm bolts in plain view). The passenger side gives some people trouble because the rear bolt is behind the silver fuel filler tube.

It has been suggested that you use those ratcheting closed end wrenches to get into that tight space (which means you may have to go out and buy a set... not too bad, you might need em later but that's beside the point). This still makes the job much more difficult because you can really only turn the bolt a little bit at a time.

Solution:

1 - Remove your gas cap
2 - Remove the 3 gold colored screws that are surrounding the fuel filler tube.
3 - Go back underneath the car and now the silver fuel tube will move over just enough for you to use a conventional ratchet, extension, and 12mm socket.
4 - Once you remove the bolt and replace the old mount with the new one, remember to re-install those 3 screws... that should do it!


So this may be old news, however I did a search and thought that posting a thread might help someone else while searching the archives. I figured there have been a lot of people who have done this mod and there will be many more in the future wondering how to get to that bolt. This method worked flawlessly for me.

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Old 04-20-2005, 04:54 AM   #2
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I looked at your profile and it appears you are 14 years old. Is that correct? You were born in 1991? You are pretty sharp for your age, nice writeup, there is hope for our future yet!
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Old 04-20-2005, 10:29 AM   #3
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Hahaha, I guess I should change that. It was an old SCIC joke from 2 years ago. I'm almost twice that age!

BTW... "klein" have to do with mtn. bikes?
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Old 04-20-2005, 01:22 PM   #4
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Could just mean he is a little kid. klein= German for "small or little", resp. his whole screen name in German would be "kleinkind".
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Old 04-20-2005, 01:47 PM   #5
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lol...or maybe hes jewish.
klein is a jewish name
lets get the offical answer *waiting response*
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Old 04-20-2005, 11:23 PM   #6
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Klein as in the manufacturer of of some very nice mtn. and road bicycles. Kid as in more fit than a lot of "kids". I am 52.
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Old 04-21-2005, 11:54 AM   #7
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Thanks for the tip, Rob. Where were you a couple days ago...

I just installed my upgraded sway bar mounts Tuesday night after getting tired of looking at them sitting on my work bench for the last six months... I did have a set of those ratcheting closed end wrenches.. so it wasn't too bad... but trying to get that bolt started while installing the new mounts was a PITA... I wish I would have thought of this myself... it would have saved me about 20 mins, some skin off my knuckles, and some vulgarity.
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Old 04-21-2005, 05:36 PM   #8
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Haha... sorry! Something else:

The mounts are two pieces... the big black bracket, and the goldish colored bracket that bolts to the black one. I found it kinda tough (on ONLY ONE of the gold brackets) to get the rear bolt in straight because it fit tight over the bushing which wouldn't let the holes line up. WHat I did was put the bracket on as best as I could with the front nut tightened halfway, then put the factory jack under the bracket and used that to push the gold bracket up against the car (don't crush the bracket). What this did was line up the two rear holes so I could get the bolt in. Hope that makes sense....

I should mention that it was probably a PITA because my Cusco rear bar is 22mm and I used the factory STI bushing which is meant for a 20mm bar. This made things a little bit tight but I didn't have to order any bushings off the internet... just went down to the local subaru dealer and got the bushings.
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Old 04-21-2005, 07:06 PM   #9
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Don't the Cobb bars come with new bushings?
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Old 04-21-2005, 07:13 PM   #10
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Holy hell, someone WOULD post this up........ AFTER I installed mine.




Took me about 2 hours to get that sucker in there. Oh well.

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Old 04-21-2005, 08:27 PM   #11
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This post is awesome.

I wish I had read it before I did mine. That sucker is a PITA otherwise.

I put whitelines on my 04 wagon..didn't realize the 04's where better than the 03's until I took it off and went...woah...cool..these are way better than yours...to my buddy. So he put my 04's on his 02.


but yes..this is perfect advice and works wonders. Taking the tire off is a big help as well...obviously..haa.
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Old 04-21-2005, 10:02 PM   #12
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Quote:
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Don't the Cobb bars come with new bushings?

I'm sure they do, but I don't know of any aftermarket bars coming with the correct bushings for the stock 04 mounts. The stock bushings have the "ears" on either end that prevent the bushing from sliding out from the mount. My cusco bar came with bushings, but people have issues with these sliding out the side of the mount until your bar is rattling around in the mount. This is why you can go to the dealership and order the 05 sti bushings for a 20mm bar. They'll work perfectly even with a 22mm (like my cusco). I wouldn't try it with the huge 24mm whiteline bar though. For that bar you'll probably have to order one online somewhere.

OneManArmy - You don't need to remove your wheel. I have no clue how doing that would help
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Old 04-21-2005, 10:31 PM   #13
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Cobb rear bars come with their own mounts and bushings so it doesn't matter what year you have ... you don't use any of the stock parts except for the endlinks. Same goes for Perrin, Progress and Hotchkis.

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Old 04-22-2005, 11:10 AM   #14
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OneManArmy - You don't need to remove your wheel. I have no clue how doing that would help
ummm...cause it takes all of a minute and you can see better and have better access to the bolt. It helped...a lot. Trust me.
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Well, this would have been useful 2 hrs ago.

Free bump...
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Old 01-22-2008, 04:51 PM   #16
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bump for this being good stuff
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:14 PM   #17
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Yeah I discovered this technique when I installed a rear swaybar on my car that didn't come with one.

I have a set of the 04 mounts too but am waiting to buy a new bar before I put them on.
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:09 PM   #18
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yeah - great post - just wish the shop that replaced mine had used an '04 one... now its gotta be done AGAIN.

THANKS A LOT

FYI: the 2004 replacements are only $12.00 each.... Whoo hoo a part that I can afford! (almost)
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Awesome! I'm going to be changing up my rear mounts this weekend and I read this BEFORE I started the project!
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thanks for this it was so helpful!!
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Glad people are finding it...
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Could someone post up the part numbers of these mounts plzz?
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Siiick, thanks BIGSKY. Now the real stumper, can I fit a 27mm Whiteline RSB in these? haha.
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