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Old 04-14-2019, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default What is this thing in front of my rear diff?

What is the black bar for on my 09 OBS?
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:32 PM   #2
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some sort of tow hitch mount thing?
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Old 04-14-2019, 06:11 PM   #3
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some sort of tow hitch mount thing?
That's what I was thinking but wasn't sure. The ends of the square bar are rubber and I can sort of twist it around. I was looking at pictures of similar imprezas and didn't see this thing anywhere. I just want to make sure it's nothing important so I can remove it.
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:05 AM   #4
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Looks like a vibration damper although I have never seen one on a Subaru before.
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Old 04-15-2019, 03:22 PM   #5
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Looks like a vibration damper although I have never seen one on a Subaru before.
I think the mystery is solved. Looks like it's a dynamic damper https://jp-carparts.com/subaru/partl...108&fig_id=415
Never seen or heard of one of these things before. Also interesting that I can't seem to find any pictures, except part diagrams, of them.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:14 PM   #6
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I think the mystery is solved. Looks like it's a dynamic damper https://jp-carparts.com/subaru/partl...108&fig_id=415
Never seen or heard of one of these things before. Also interesting that I can't seem to find any pictures, except part diagrams, of them.
I have seen weird chunks mounted in various places on some cars before, thus my comment. Usually tuned to cancel some odd harmonic in a part (engine, drivetrain, even exhausts) but never in that spot on a Subaru.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:23 PM   #7
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Well I might as well keep it on. Dont want to remove it only to find out my car start making some noise
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Old 04-16-2019, 02:01 PM   #8
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That there is the rear windshield wiper grease distribution block. I've always thought this was an odd location for it.
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