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Old 06-17-2005, 09:02 PM   #1
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Question Sway Bars for 05 2.5rs

Hey guys,
I was on here the other day and i was wondering if a stock wrx sway bar...i think 20mm can fit on a 05 rs?? and if so are there instructions out here..cos i called up a auto place to find out how much it would cost for installing one ...and they are quoting me something like $ 250
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Old 06-17-2005, 09:11 PM   #2
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yes, it will.

ask the suspension forum, they'll tell you what to do.

you just have to unbolt the stock one and put the new one in... it's CAKE and takes 20 minutes.

you can probably find a used WRX bar from someone who's upgraded to aftermarket. they often go for less than 50 bucks.

DON'T pay ANYONE 250 for a swaybar + install, you can get an adjustable aftermarket one that will improve your handling for ~ $200 and installing can be done with simple floor jacks or ramps (i did mine on steel wedge ramps) and it took me 30 minutes. there are two brackets with bushings that hold the bar(be sure to get the 20mm bushings as well) and you also must bolt the ends of the bar to the endlinks. it's nearly self explanitory once you're looking at it.

search the suspension forum, there are lots of threads about sway bars.

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Old 06-17-2005, 09:16 PM   #3
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umm i installed my 02 wrx rear sway on my 05 obs in about 20 mintues. its not very hard. and while you are down there with the rear sway get metal endlinks.
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Old 06-18-2005, 12:02 AM   #4
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I installed an 05 WRX rear sway bar (17mm) on my 05RS to replace the stock 13mm one. The install was very simple and took about 20 minutes. Handling was vastly improved.

If you don't know much about how to handle a car with more oversteer, maybe step up to the 17mm first. You will notice that the back end will start to come around much more easily with a stiffer rear sway. I figured since the 17mm came stock on the WRX, it'd be a safe bet.

Just be safe whichever you get and enjoy it!
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Old 06-18-2005, 12:07 AM   #5
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20mm would really be best for neutral handling
(your front bar is 19mm)

21mm if you like a happy tail end

some examples *click*

i have 19mm front and 21mm rear - love it

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Originally Posted by Subie Gal
20mm would really be best for neutral handling
(your front bar is 19mm)

21mm if you like a happy tail end

some examples *click*

i have 19mm front and 21mm rear - love it

i have the third one (20mm) and i love it. installation is a breeze. i did a write up on it in the car parts review section. if you care enough you can search for it.
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