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Old 08-26-2004, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default How can you tell between front Wagon sway bar and Sedan sway bar

I ordered my whiteline front sway for wagon a few months ago and had them installed. It's making a LOT of noise and it sounds almost like screws grinding on metal. I took it to a shop to have it looked at, and they told me it's just the urethane bushings making the noise. I greased the bushings with excessive grease and the noise died down for 2 days literally, and then it all came back. I was searching on the forum and I found somebody saying if I have the sedan bar on a wagon, the endlinks may shift side to side, and now I'm really worried if I got the right stuff or not. How can I tell if they shipped me the correct wagon front sway bar? The one I got isn't the baby blue whiteline sway they have on their site, it actually looks like bare metal with any form of coating. It came with those Yellow bushings and a pack of lithium grease.

Is what I'm experiencing normal at all? I mean, it's making annoying noise whenever I go over any roads that's not perfectly paved i.e. 8/10 roads in So-Cal.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 08-27-2004, 08:20 AM   #2
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I've never compared the front sedan/wagon bars side by side, but I believe that the sedan bar is longer (wider), matching the increased track width of the sedan.

If you look under the front of your car - while it's sitting at normal attitude, not jacked up - you should see that the end links are vertical. Bottom of the link should be in between the 2 sides of the bracket welded to the transverse link (control arm); the top should be bolted to the outboard side of the end of the bar.

If your end links are splayed outwards at the top, i.e. not vertical, then you don't have the wagon bar...

Caveat: might want to confirm with someone who has actually laid the bars out side by side...maybe Subie Gal.

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Old 08-27-2004, 10:35 AM   #3
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I've got Whiteline front and rear swaybars on my 02 WRX wagon. The front is powder blue, whereas the rear is a goldish anodized. 15k mi w/ no noise issues. However, I bought the rear 2yrs prior to the front.
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Old 08-27-2004, 01:30 PM   #4
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wagon front sway bar is about 2" shorter than a sedan

a sedan bar wouldnt even come CLOSE to fitting.
(also, sedan has totally different front end links and control arms.. no way would it mount up without major modification )

afaik... whiteline bars come in a steel gray or powder blue depending on when they were manufactured... and they've always come with yellow bushings

and yes, some sway bars are prone to noise issues.

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