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Old 07-29-2014, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Whiteline W22259 - GC sedan, GG wagon front end link bushing upgrade

For the GG/GF wagon lovers (victims) and GC sedan owners (and others), an affordable DIY way to improve your front end activities .

This kit from whiteline in OZ allows you to replace the worn, floppy rubber bushings in the OEM wagon-style front sway bar end links. My install write-up link is below. Very cheap, very easy.

I have the stock '02 20 mm front bar on OEM bar bushings (next project!) and a 20mm OEM sedan rear bar with KB links & STI bar mounts; botox bolts and a rear strut tower bar. Otherwise, stock suspension. 17x7 OEM '07 WRX wheels on Kumho ecsta 4X rubber, 225/45-17.


The poly(urethane) bushings in the kit are quite firm, so there is some NVH added, but it actually seems to be lessening as I break them in...or different roads are a factor. Does seem to be getting better, ride quality-wise. Could be my new tires breaking in some, too.

The front end definitely holds up better in moderate speed turns. There is a RH turn near my work that I have taken for 8+ years now, and I know it well in a variety of conditions. I can take the turn now with almost no tire scrubbing and MUCH less front end body roll. Another road near work has a 90* curve in the road (biz park), prolly a 40-50' radius, so fairly sharp, well paved and no driveways nearby . That one is MUCH fun! 30+ MPH is possible with no protest from the tires and control is maintained.

At FWY speed, lane changes are sharper. And while cruising, the front end seems less "floaty" and wanders less. I guess some LCA bushings would help that as well; or a front lip to aid aero.

Overall, a very worthwhile mod that was very cheap, doable with hand tools, from a quality supplier of subie suspension bits and made excellent bang-for-the-buck.
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