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Old 06-18-2018, 07:12 PM   #1
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Hi guys, first time posting on here so please go easy on me.

I got my first Subaru home just last week, an '04 WRX and I have been going over it from top to bottom since I got it home.

One thing I have noticed which is kind of worrisome is the rear sway bar end links. The left rear looks correct, but the right rear is kind of pushed crooked by the sway bar and is rubbing against it. There are no weird noises or anything and it handles okay, but the link is getting worn down by the bar on the side a little and I'm worried about something going wrong down the road.

Has anyone seen anything like this before?

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Old 06-18-2018, 08:39 PM   #2
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By the look of the car it has been lowered, which to me looks like its changing the angles of the sway bar links, not sure why one side is worse then the other.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:37 PM   #3
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I believe you want both links on the outside of the bar. Also they should be the C shaped for your vehicle in the rear. The driver side is on the inside of the bar in your first pic.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:54 PM   #4
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It looks like somebody installed a larger aftermarket bar on your car. Incorrectly.
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:56 PM   #5
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I believe you want both links on the outside of the bar. Also they should be the C shaped for your vehicle in the rear. The driver side is on the inside of the bar in your first pic.
Slightly older model Subaru RS but the same concept applies

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9tv6bmcr6n...72031.jpg?dl=0
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Old 06-18-2018, 11:05 PM   #6
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Could be an sti specific bar which is a different width from end to end. So it didn't line up right with the wrx style links.

You could just try putting the endlink on the other side to see how they line up. Do it with the suspension loaded, so back onto ramps or crawl under there.
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Old 06-19-2018, 08:55 AM   #7
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By the look of the car it has been lowered, which to me looks like its changing the angles of the sway bar links, not sure why one side is worse then the other.
You are correct, the car is slightly lower than stock. Actually not super low which is nice but I wonder if that contributes at all...

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Could be an sti specific bar which is a different width from end to end. So it didn't line up right with the wrx style links.

You could just try putting the endlink on the other side to see how they line up. Do it with the suspension loaded, so back onto ramps or crawl under there.
Thanks Jamal, I might actually give that a shot just to see if it helps at all. Worst case I will add a new swaybar and links to my list of things to replace
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Old 06-22-2018, 12:23 AM   #8
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I believe you want both links on the outside of the bar. Also they should be the C shaped for your vehicle in the rear. The driver side is on the inside of the bar in your first pic.
This guy nailed it. You can see the left side has about an inch before the curve starts and the right side is pulled all the way over into the curve.
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