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Old 08-16-2001, 11:23 PM   #1
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I am putting a j-spec '95 WRX rear sway bar + its mounting hardware on my L, but I was wondering how noticable a difference I'd feel w/Whiteline's sway bar? I will be doing some autoxing, so please factor that in. If the performance enhacement will be minimal, then I'll just go w/the WRX sway bar, but if there is a noticable difference beteen the two, I would have to consider going with Whiteline.

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Old 08-17-2001, 08:13 AM   #2
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i don't know what the thickness is on a japan-spec wrx sway bar, but the main advantage of the whiteline one is adjustability. you can change the setting just by crawling underneath the car and moving two bolts rather than buying a new stiffer bar and installing that.
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Old 08-17-2001, 10:03 AM   #3
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I've got the Whiteline Adjustable (18, 20, 22mm) rear sway bar, and it make a big diffence in the handling of the car. And like froggert said, once you get a feel for it, you can *BAM* kick it up a notch I set mine originally on the 18mm setting, then about 2 months later, cranked it up to the 20mm setting. Great bar!
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Old 09-28-2001, 04:07 PM   #4
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I recently installed the 22mm adjustable anti roll bar from whiteline and their H/D endlinks on my WRX and have to say it is an excellent product. I have mine set to the softest setting ( 20, 22, 24 are the approx settings ) the install was easy and straightforward taking about an hour and 15 mins at a relaxed pace. Fit and finish are great with no clearance issues on anything including my 3" turbo back exhaust from MRT. There are no squeeks or rattles and no noticable change in NVH and ride issues. The car handles much more neutrally now with some lift off oversteer if you throw the car into a turn and lift. It is plenty safe from my point of view as it is very smooth and slow to come around and it takes enough time without countersteering to be very predictable. The 22 and 24 mm positions will of course be more of an issue but at 20mm it is fine for me . I will use this for winter driving and don't expect any problems as I drove my Focus with 25mm rear bar through last winter and didn't have any problems either and that car had less understeer stock and a lot more lift off oversteer with the bar than this set up on the WRX.
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Old 10-01-2001, 08:24 PM   #5
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Adding the Whiteline 20mm front bar will optimize the potential of the rear adjustable bar. Car will still be manageable at the 24mm (rear) setting. I have mine set to the middle setting (22mm) right now. Waiting for a track day to do more experimentation.

As Mike mentioned, rear install is a snap. Can't say the same for the front. I got it on without removing anything other than the old bar and the jacking plate - and it was a challenge. Kind of like a puzzle.

Above sizing recommended for WRX. Other Impreza owners should probably downsize - "search" will have much on this.

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Old 10-03-2001, 02:52 AM   #6
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Did you guys jack the car up to install the bar or did
you just leave the car on the ground?

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Old 10-03-2001, 09:09 PM   #7
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Kind of difficult to get under it if it's on the ground. Do you have a grease pit in your yard?

I did mine on ramps. The install is much easier if the suspension is compressed. If you don't have access to a drive-on lift (wouldnt that be nice?) and need to put the car on jack stands, you'll need two floor jacks, one under each tire to compress the suspension - but don't raise it off the jack stands.

Way better to invest in a set of those ramps - either steel or I think they make them in plastic now too. Under $30.00 I believe.

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Old 10-05-2001, 01:44 AM   #8
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I just installed the 20-22-24 whiteline rear bar on my WRX. I also installed the whiteline endlinks and hardened mounting brackets. The bar was pretty easy to install *except* for the right side mounting bracket. One of the screws for the bracket is right under the fuel-in pipe! So I had to completely loosten the fuel pipe from the gas-door all the way down the side of the trunk. After that, the pipe was loose enuf to push aside and bolt in the bracket.

I used ramps to install my bar, and I can't imagine doing it w/o ramps, so get some if you don't have any!! (I went and borrowed my roommates)

One other thing to remember (from past experiences) put a *ton* of grease anywhere metal touches polyurethane, or you'll be driving a squeaky car!
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The bar was pretty easy to install *except* for the right side mounting bracket. One of the screws for the bracket is right under the fuel-in pipe! So I had to completely loosten the fuel pipe from the gas-door all the way down the side of the trunk. After that, the pipe was loose enuf to push aside and bolt in the bracket.
I had the same problem. I just went to the store and got hex cap screws (they use Allen wrenches) to replace the stock bolts. Then there was plenty of space to get in there.
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Old 10-09-2001, 06:18 PM   #10
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hehe, "the store"... I should stop working on my car in the middle of the night when the stores are all closed.
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Old 10-10-2001, 03:27 PM   #11
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For those of you thinking about the Whiteline adjustable swaybar for WRX, please read this thread: http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...hreadid=100641

do some research before buying it.
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I have the 18-20-22mm bar on my RS. When I did the install, with much of Fishguy's help (and use of his garage), we were both dumb and used jacks to lift the car up. Completely backwards from what we should've done. Sooo it took like two hours and WAY too much elbow grease.

Yeah..... use ramps.

I like mine, though. I've kept it at 18mm since day one. So far, anyway.

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What about the endlinks and the hardened mounts
for everyday spirited driving?
I spoke to one person and he said definitely get them.
and shortly after I spoke to another person and he said don't bother?? opinions?

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Mike Shields recommends against using aftermarket endlinks. Says factory rally team uses OEM units. This puts less stress on the bar ends. The endlinks would be the weakest "link" and the cheapest to replace if necessary. He said the team did not experience failure of the OEM units.

I have stock endlinks and Whiteline adj. rear bar with no problems so far.

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