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Old 12-18-2020, 04:02 AM   #274
clsmooth
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Join Date: May 2005
Chapter/Region: VIC
Location: West Vancouver
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2000 RS Coupe
2005 Forester X SE

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My new Gearwrench 1/2" socket set came in handy and replaced the driver's side rear trailing arm a few nights ago.





The bolt holding the fork to the hub wasn't bad to loosen, but the trailing-arm-to-frame bolt at the front? Holy hell what an ordeal. It finally broke free with the worst metal stress/groaning/fart sound that actually scared me a bit! :S I thought I bent something on the car! But it was just really loud. Each bolt at each end were in terrific shape though, clean with the gold coating still intact so I re-used them with anti-seize.





The arm went in smoothly and lined up perfectly with everything. Ya, added some stickers, see how long they last :P Overall the Magan Racing and OEM trailing arm weighed about the same. I couldn't feel a difference.


I'm still a bit torn over these. I think they're overpriced for what they are. These were the most expensive parts I got for this phase and kinda not much to em in my opinion? I don't if if it's from manufacturing or shipping, but both fork ends on each were visibly leaning in on each other and would've never gone on smoothly. I had to use a caliper spreader to straighen them out. The bushing is definately an upgrade, completely solid and extremely firm. The bushing in the original arm I was able to flex around with a few fingers either from age or that's how it is from factory. I wonder if I should've gotten some no-name aftermarket ones and pop in my own bushings? Or would I end up no further ahead or behind? But, everything remains the same brand :/
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Last edited by clsmooth; 12-18-2020 at 04:13 AM.
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