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Old 04-08-2002, 05:12 PM   #1
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Default a few questions on sway bars and strut towers

hey everybody,
-which do you suggest i do first, sway bars or strut towers?

-should i do front and back strut towers and sway bars?

-which brand is the best bang for the buck? (you get what you pay for, right?)

-how are the generic ones larry sells?

-anything else i should know?

-this sounds likea simple mod, and one that is really worth it, am i correct in saying this?

thanks in advance.

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Old 04-08-2002, 05:18 PM   #2
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IMO, you should get the rear sway bar first. The strut tower bars help stiffen up the chassis. The rear (anti) sway bar will reduce the body roll. Since the new chassis is stiffer than the older ones, you can do without the strut bars for a while.

I have the whiteline adjustable rear sway bar 20-22-24 mm.
I don't know what the sizes are for the new body style RS..i'd guess the same as the wrx, huh?

Many people here will tell you to do a search or you should invest your money on some good tires first or whatever. But, sticking w/ the topic, the rear sway bar is one of the best mods you'll ever do to your car

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Old 04-08-2002, 05:20 PM   #3
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I'm guessing when you say "strut towers", you mean strut tower bars...since a strut tower is an integrated part of the shell.

anyway, with the Impreza, especially the RS.

You will want to upgrade the rear sway bar. Stock is 13mm, upgrade to either 18 or 20 to neutral out the handling

The front sway bar is big enough. No need to touch it. If you want to remove a lot of body roll, upgrade the struts/springs, not these

Front strut tower bar...relatively pointless on our cars, since the towers are so close to the firewall, but they do stiffen the chassis a good deal. Not very bang for the buck, and with stock suspension, essentially worthless.

Rear strut bar. This stiffens the chassis a lot, though it's tough to notice all that much. Another thing that I personally think isn't worth it on a stock suspension.

As for brands...look, these are pieces of metal we're talking about. Why pay $200 for one piece of metal, when you can pay $50 for the same thing? When it comes to these parts, I have gotten the inexpensive ones, and they are of good quality, and they do the same job the expensive parts do...they just don't have the famous name.

So, in all...if you are going to keep a stock suspension, start with the rear sway bar. Then, if you have some money to burn, get the rear strut tower bar, and if you still have money to burn, then get the front strut tower bar. But the front swaybar would not do any good...so just stay away from it.
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Old 04-08-2002, 06:42 PM   #4
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technical stuffs are answered...

for me, i could care less if it's STi or replica.. if it works it works..

will i pay 150 more for a shinny sway bar that will get dirty half a block down the road?? nah...

do i need to save weight and use a CF tower bar.. nah..

i think you get the drift.. but of course, it's personally, do whatever floats your boat
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Old 04-08-2002, 08:16 PM   #5
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Best way to save money on the rear sway bar is to buy one off of a WRX sedan owner that has replaced theirs. People usually sell them for $40-50, and as jgard said, it's just a piece of metal, so why spend the extra bucks?

FYI, RS rear sway bar is 14mm (or 13mm), WRX sedan rear sway bar is 20mm, WRX wagon rear sway bar is 17mm.

I bought a 17mm bar from a wrx wagon guy and am happy with it, but wished I would have gotten a 20mm. If you want adjustable, then you're stuck with spending around $150. I think an 18-20-22 adjustable would be a good size (if it's available).

In the order of items you listed I'd do: rear sway bar, rear strut tower bar, front strut tower bar (if wanted), and I'd leave the front sway bar as is.

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Old 04-08-2002, 11:44 PM   #6
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thanks guys, you rule! i hate gettin' flamed for asking newbie questions or told to go do a search in a rude fashion. you guys seriously rock!

i really appreciate it
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