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Old 07-24-2020, 08:13 PM   #151
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Today I received a package that I had know idea what it was. Turns out it was the hard to get Group N STi rear swaybar endlink bushings I ordered a long time ago.



Pressing the old bushing out





Pressing the new bushing in



These bushings are SOLID and have no give to them. Probably easier to just get aftermarket, but thats not my style lol

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Old 07-25-2020, 03:13 PM   #152
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Just going through this thread for the first time and I have to say that I give you major props for keeping everything OEM. I always cringe a bit when I see people modifying limited production cars but this is the right way to do it as opposed to sticking aftermarket stuff on it. Might as well call it a Type RA-S or RA209 now
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Old 07-26-2020, 02:42 PM   #153
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Just going through this thread for the first time and I have to say that I give you major props for keeping everything OEM. I always cringe a bit when I see people modifying limited production cars but this is the right way to do it as opposed to sticking aftermarket stuff on it. Might as well call it a Type RA-S or RA209 now
Thanks for the kind words! For me its using parts that people never buy because the aftermarket is cheaper. Group N parts for example exist so Subaru could homologate road cars to go Rally racing. To me having a Group N shifter is half performance and half knowing Subaru designed this for their WRC dogbox transmissions and had to sell them to the public to be legal. That stuff dosen't happen often anymore. Driving something at this price point that is unique and not many people get to experience is hard, and i find using rare OEM stuff gives me that feeling lol
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Old 08-01-2020, 05:57 PM   #154
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Tried to place an order through a few dealers for the S209's rear cargo area foam floor support. The S209 has a unique floor support that is molded to clear the intercooler spray tank. Well, every dealer told me that STi of Japan is not approving any orders for S209 parts unless it is warranty work. Guess the window to buy certain S209 parts has closed. Bummer.

Well, I needed to do something so I could put my race tires back there. So i made some measurements and cut my RA foam floor support. I plan to get some plastic and go back and enclose those areas I cut out.







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Old 08-03-2020, 10:34 PM   #155
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Starting with the S207, STi in Japan uses a unique upgraded 1 piece front sway bar bushing. This bushing has been used in the S208 and now the S209. It is A LOT stiffer than stock and feels almost identical to Group N bushing hardness.





Removed front Sway Bar




Comparison between stock and the S209 1 piece bushing.







My bushing would not just slide right onto the bar without possibly deforming the bushing and ruining its integrity. So I had to come up with something.




I put the bushings into hot water for a bit to make them more pliable.



Added some Dawn Dish soap to the bar and the bushings slid right on.




Once the bushings cooled and dried they are very tight and firm to the bar.



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