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Old 06-01-2000, 10:39 PM   #1
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Question OEM Sway Bar Size & Replacement Sizes?

Howdy all!

I was talk to Trey Cobb from <a href="http://COBBTUNING.COM/">COBB Tuning</a>
. We got on the topic of the stock sway bar size on the Legacy GT's and how it might not be as small as the Impreza's 13mm. I was asking him for his thought on what size for a Legacy. He didn't know what the stock size was to begin with. Needless to say after I got off the phone with him, I went out to measure mine. I dunno but I got 16mm. Definately not 13mm...

I e-mailed him about it and he recommended that larger than 18mm might be a better choice. Actually Trey recommended an alignment 1st before anything- so you get an idea how your car should be.

I know Subie Gal's got an 18 on her's. What's all your thought's about this?
18 okay? or 20 or 21?

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Old 06-02-2000, 12:13 AM   #2
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Go with the 20. I have the 18 or is it a 19, Too soft.
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Old 06-02-2000, 02:44 AM   #3
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Yes, the stock bars on a GT are 20F/16R due
to the weight difference. Try an adjustable Selby/Whiteline bar with settings for 18/20/22. (try mofugas). the 18mm is quite good and neutral with a otherwise stock suspension setup. With a upgraded setup (tires, etc.) the 20mm setting is really sweet The rear bar will do more alone than the alignment.
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Old 06-02-2000, 08:49 PM   #4
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I have an 18mm bar on mine and absolutely love it. I'd be interested to see how a 20mm felt, but I'd say any bigger than that would probably be too big.

As for the adjustable bar, I was under the impression that the 18-22mm Whiteline bar was only for Imprezas. I actually had ordered one through Rallispec's group purchase a couple months back, and they had to refund my deposit because they said it wouldn't fit. From what I understand, there is an adjustable bar available for the Legacy, but it is 20-24mm. Do you have different info, BG5? If so I'd love to know - I'd be much more comfortable with the 18-22mm since I know I'm OK with 18mm, atleast I'd have a "safe" position to return to.

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Old 06-03-2000, 08:43 AM   #5
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Patrick,

they make a specific adjustable bar for the Legacy, the part # is BSR19XZ which you can get thru Rob @ Mofugas.com. If you are running stock tires/struts a 20mm+ will overpower the soft stock setup.

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Old 06-03-2000, 11:43 AM   #6
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Steve,
Thanks for the heads up. I'll keep that email for future reference. As of now I have good tires, but I still have stock struts/springs and will probably stay that way for a while. Whenever I upgrade I'll look into the bigger bar.

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Old 06-04-2000, 12:20 AM   #7
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I'd have to agree w/all you on sizes. But I say go large!! Not huge, mind you. I have the SPO model(21mm), solid links and all. I absolutely love it!!
The car has great transition front R-L and an all-round performer. The car is set-up though, you can read the parts list if you like. Or even ask Subie Gal she knows.
To get back on the topic tho I'd say wait. Or decide where you want to go w/the car. It's a waste to buy something and then to have to replace it later.
-Matt
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