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Old 11-06-2000, 12:21 AM   #1
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Post Whiteline is my friend...should be yours too!

Just a repost of what I put in the Vancouver forum.

Hello All,

I installed my Whiteline 18-22mm adjustable bar on Friday but didn't have enough time to post my thoughts here since I left for a camping trip with my son on the weekend. Came back this afternoon and this is the first time on the computer.

Anyway, back on topic. In addition to the bar, I installed the Whiteline Rear Swaybar mounts, and the Whiteline Rear End Links. The quality of the Whiteline parts are unsurpassed. The stock FHI rear sway bar, rear sway bar mounts, bushings, and end links are a joke. We're talkin' strictly built for economy here. The biggest joke of all is the actual FHI rear sway bar. It looks like a piece of paper clip wire in comparison to the Whitline bar.

It took me a good two hours with the car on a pair of ramps and and old piece of carpet keeping my ass from my freezing cold driveway (it was about 5C that morning). The hardest part was taking one of the old sway bar mounts off of the passenger side and putting the new mount on, but the whole shebang can be done by anyone that understands which end of the wrench to use (i.e. a complete idiot). I set it for the mild 18mm since I knew that winter and lots of snow were coming.

Once everything was installed, I took the car for a drive immediately.

I was in complete shock!!!!

How can a relativelty cheap mod make such a HUGE difference in the car??? I still can't believe what a difference it makes. Before I had the Impreza, I drove a Ford Taurus (which understeered like you wouldn't believe)!!! When I switched to the Impreza I thought..WOW what a great handling car and so little oversteer. Well, everything is relative, and the stock Impreza RS doesn't understeer like a Taurus, but let me tell you, the Impreza suspension was NEVER meant to be driven with a 13mm rear sway bar. It was meant for something at least 18mm if not more.

The feel at 18mm is very neutral until the very end where it starts to understeer again. The car corners MUCH flatter and will probably be awesome once I put put my Whiteline progressive rate spings on and bump the bar to the 20mm or 22mm setting. However, my story is not finished. As luck would have it, it started to rain Friday night which turned into our first blizzard by Saturday afternoon. Driving back home on the windblown snow with complimentary frozen rain surface underneath, my first comment would be that RE92's suck (surprise, surprise) followed by...the car still handles very neutrally albeit with a lot less grip on icey/snowy roads. It does respond more qucikly though, so you do have to pay attention at the wheel a little bit more.

I also have the Whiteline STB installed but I honestly have to say I didn't notice any real difference, but I didn't expect it with the soft stock springs/bushings, etc. I'm sure it will make a difference once the stiffer springs/struts/bushings combo are installed. It sure looks awesome though

My final comments; I decided a long time ago that I was going to upgrade my suspension with all the parts from the same manufacturer since the R&D was done to make the pieces fit together as a unit. Once my I have saved enough to buy some adjustable struts, I will be installing my springs along with other various Whiteline goodies. I will keep you all posted.

Mucho thanks to Don Nimi ( http://www.pdm-racing.com/ ) for getting this all together for me at GB prices without the GB wait. I will be buying from Don again (maybe a turbo if he decides to build one...hint, hint).

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Old 11-06-2000, 07:22 AM   #2
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glad you like it. it was one of my better investments. amazing what a bigger bar can do to a car.
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Old 11-06-2000, 08:58 AM   #3
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I whole-heartedly agree. The bigger bars (any of them) are probably the most noticeable, and definetly the most cost effective starter mod you can do to these cars.
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