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Old 11-30-1999, 04:55 PM   #1
Patrick Olsen
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1997 Legacy 2.5GT
1996 Impreza coupe

Post ATTN GoFaster - 18mm bar feedback

GoFaster - the 18mm bar is extremely easy to install. I did mine on a lift, but I don't know if that's really necessary - I just figured I needed to unload the wheels. Not sure if that's actually required or not - anyone else know?
Anyway, it took me a grand total of 25 minutes to put the car on the lift, align the supports, lift the car, remove old/install new bar, lower the car, and back it out of the shop. The only mildly difficult part is getting the clips that hold the bushings back into place - the first one is easy to do, the second one is kind of a pain because you don't have any free play in the bar anymore. I think I may have banged it into place with a rubber mallet.
For only $187 shipped, I HIGHLY recommend the new bar. The car feels more neutral, even just taking an onramp at moderate speeds. I honestly could feel the difference even in everyday driving. From my (limited) auto-cross experience, I could definitely feel the rear end "rotate" when I came into a corner, which is what you want to happen. The car will still understeer if you push it in a corner too hard (ie start to turn, then jump on the throttle). I even experienced drop-throttle oversteer once when I hit the rev limiter in a corner - the rear end actually broke loose, something I'm sure it wouldn't do with the stock bar. The rear end breaking loose may sound like a bad things, but I think it's good - it shows just how neutrally balanced the car is with the new bar. In that case the car immediately recovered, essentially on its own since hitting the limiter caused the car to slow down.
The only downside is that you can feel bumps in the rear end SLIGHTLY more. Within a few hours of driving the car I was already used to it, and I've never had any passengers comment on it - it was just something I could notice having driven the car so much.
Whew!! Hope that wasn't too much info. Like I said, I HIGHLY recommend this modification, . With this bar and Yoko Nexus max performance tires, my car will absolutely fly down the winding back roads here in Connecticut. Now if I could just fit my Mustang's 302 into the Subaru's chassis....

Patrick Olsen
'99 Legacy 2.5GT (WNTR-GT): removed intake silencer, K&N filter, 18mm SPD rear bar, 80/100W bulbs with heavy duty wiring, 205/55ZR-16 Yoko Nexus tires
Supercharged '89 Mustang GT convertible (SUMR-GT): 9# intercooled ATI supercharger, etc, etc...

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Old 11-30-1999, 05:32 PM   #2
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Know what you mean!!! I have one too...I think a lot of us do. I noticed an immediate change in the handling of the car. It took me a few days to get used to, but I really love it now!

A little more work on the suspension and i will be soooo good to goooo!

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