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Old 12-23-2005, 01:33 AM   #1
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Default 02-03 sway bars fit 04-05 wrx?

hey im looking to get the cusco sway bar combo at z1 performance with the gtspec endlinks....on their site it says for 02-03 only and 04 only....i thought the sway bars were interchangable for all yrs. Will the 02-03 sway bars fit the 04-05? thanks!
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Old 12-23-2005, 04:19 AM   #2
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anyone know?
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Old 12-24-2005, 03:35 AM   #3
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Old 12-24-2005, 03:56 AM   #4
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Uh, if you mean 02-03 swaybars, yes. My friend (05 WRX) and I (02 WRX) swapped our rsb from stock to cusco bars. Visual inspection of the fsb shows everything to be the same.
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Old 12-24-2005, 02:51 PM   #5
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i heard that the rear bushings for the 04-05 were different? can anyone shed some light on this?
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Old 12-24-2005, 03:32 PM   #6
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anyone know if u can swap them from an 02 sedan to an 03 wagon?
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Old 12-24-2005, 03:46 PM   #7
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02-03 WRX have a stock 20mm rear sway bar.

04-05 WRX have a stock 17mm rear sway bar.


I have on 04 and I upgraded to a 20mm bar from an 03. It works just fine but you need to get the bushings from the 03. they have a larger hole cut out of them for the bar.
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Old 12-24-2005, 04:58 PM   #8
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anyone know if u can swap them from an 02 sedan to an 03 wagon?
Yes you can.
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Old 12-24-2005, 06:20 PM   #9
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i heard that the rear bushings for the 04-05 were different? can anyone shed some light on this?
Yes, the 04/05 cars have a different type mount that uses a different type bushing. If you have a bugeye, you can upgrade to the newer style mounts which are stronger. I don't think it's very expensive, maybe 30 clams.
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Old 12-24-2005, 07:24 PM   #10
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Yes you can.
i get like 5 people telling me i can and 5 telling me i cant

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Old 12-25-2005, 01:50 PM   #11
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Yes you can.
Agreed. I've swapped directly from an '02 sedan to and '03 wagon. It's a seamless switch.

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Agreed. I've swapped directly from an '02 sedan to and '03 wagon. It's a seamless switch.

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sweet thanks a lot! I assume it dosnt matter if they are aftermarket or not right?
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Old 12-25-2005, 02:41 PM   #13
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anyone know if u can swap them from an 02 sedan to an 03 wagon?
wagon front bars are unique - so you need to get an aftermarket wagon specific bar to move up from the stock 20mm. Whiteline is the only one I'm aware of that makes wagon-specific bars - 22mm fixed or 20-22 adjustable. See MPJ.com for good prices on Whiteline.

there are lots of people running sedan specific aftermarket front swaybars on their wagons, but if you look at the installation pics you can see something is wrong with the bar/endlink positioning. the sedan front bar is simply too wide...

- '02+ WRX sedans and wagons have always come with 20mm front swaybars, so there is no point in getting a 20mm OEM front sedan bar since it's not any bigger and it won't fit properly
- '02 WRX sedans are the only ones that came with 20mm rear swaybars except for a handful of '03 sedans - running model change that year switched the rear bar size to 17mm at some point early in production
- '02+ WRX wagons all come with 17mm rear swaybars
- '03+ WRX sedans all come with 17mm rear swaybars
- '04+ STI's all come with 20mm front and rear swaybars, but IIRC the endlinks are different than the WRX sedan and the rear bar is too wide for the wagon

- '02/'03 wagons and sedans have sub-par rear swaybar mounts - upgrade to the much better '04/'05 mounts for $30 or get the Whiteline heavy duty mounts with upgraded poly bushings for more than twice that price
- upgrading to poly bushings front and rear is always a good idea - they effectively make the bar stiffer. Most aftermarket bars come with poly bushings, but you can buy them separately as well for about $20 for the OEM bars front and rear from Whiteline, SuperPro (who makes them for Whiteline), Energy and others.
- upgraded front and rear endlinks will allow the bar to respond more quickly to changes in load. sedans already come with pretty good metal front endlinks, while the rear plastic endlinks and the plastic front wagon endlinks are less than optimal and are usually replaced when upgrading the bar

last year Subie Gal @ SubaruGenuineParts started selling pink STI 21mm front and rear swaybars, the rears will fit both the sedan and wagon, the fronts were sedan specific. Now I see that SOA has a pink STI 21mm front wagon bar listed as an option in the performance parts catalog for my '02 wagon, but when you look at the detailed information on the bar is states that it is only for the '04/'05 sedans. it would be nice to know if there really is a 21mm front STI bar for the wagon or if it just a screwup on SOA's part:

http://www.subaru.com/microsites/spt...RX+SPORT+WAGON
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Old 12-25-2005, 05:20 PM   #14
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sweet thanks a lot! I assume it dosnt matter if they are aftermarket or not right?
I guess I should have clarified earlier that I was talking about a rear bar. The post above does a pretty good job of answering a lot of questions. It shouldn't matter if it's aftermarket, as long as you have the correct bushings that work with you bar and your mounts.

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