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I have a new 2006 X. It has a bit of body lean but the brake dive bothers me as well. I don't mind all this leaning biz till I have to make an emergency turn or hit the brakes hard- or both. I don't want to make the ride overly stiff either but what do you all think. How can I improve it without replacing everything? I think replacing springs will help but I don't want to lower it or make the ride too jarring.

Which springs would you recommend?
 

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Don't have first hand experience with them but a lot of people run the Forester STi pink springs. Slight increase in spring rate and 1" lower. This is about as much as you'll want to go with the stock struts for longevity. It'll help with the dive and squat somewhat. Not sure about fitment on an '06.

Larger swaybars front and rear will reduce the lean the most without sacrificing ride.
 

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Forester STi pink springs will fit the 2006 model just fine...

20mm rear sway bar
nice springs
and the car will transform into something completely different! :)


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This is interesting stuff. I bet that this mod along with some good tires, will really improve the handling 100%.

I need to learn more about the swaybars. This could be a nice little project- the swaybar part anyway. I'm not sure I want to tackle the strut springs- or any springs.
 

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Sway bar is an easy mod.

15minute bolt on....

from the factory
subaru has setup all of their cars to understeer...
big bar up front. small bar in rear.

add a larger bar to the rear
for a more neutral handling car, more controlled. better feel.


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This is my setup:

STi 20mm RSB (plus PolTec adjustable endlinks & collars)
F-STi pink springs
17" wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport A/S

IMHO it's the perfect balance between maintaining a certain ride height/ground clearance and eliminating much of the associated body roll (unless you intend to auto-x, in which case it will still plow and lean like a pig on ice skates :p ).
 

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When going to a 20mm rear sway bar, is it best to change the mounts at the same time or is the stock stuff enough for most people?
 

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You're probably going to want the mounts at least as the larger diameter bar needs larger bushings. The STi mounts are a lot beefier too. Subiegal sells the whole package for about $100. You might be able to get away with the stock endlinks but a lot of people eventually bend them so...
 

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NahdaDamdyke said:
You're probably going to want the mounts at least as the larger diameter bar needs larger bushings. The STi mounts are a lot beefier too. Subiegal sells the whole package for about $100. You might be able to get away with the stock endlinks but a lot of people eventually bend them so...

that's right.
we have a package kit

sway bar, 2 bushings, new mounts, new clamps and nuts too

see: https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/product_info.php?products_id=687

nice upgrade.
be sure to ask questions and research :)


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Sounds good.

When installing that rear bar, can it be done on just a level surface or does the car need to be on stands or jacked up?
 

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it's easier to install if the suspension is unloaded.

i've always done mine on stands or a lift...


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A side note:

I have had 15k of hard driving on my STi RSB and 5k with PolTec endlinks all on the stock mounts with no problems. I check them once a week but there has been no bending or problems with them.
 

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What are good endlinks? I don't need something too radical, just a daily driver. Also, on the passenger side, some of the bolts to remove the sway bar are covered by tubes to what looks like the fuel pump. Do I need to remove those or how much do they bend?
 

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Fsti springs

Can I buy just the rear springs or do they come only as a set? Does any body know the spring rates for the rear fsti springs?
 
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what springs and anti sway for a 2001 forester with 99000 miles

saw these posts and would like info on antisway bars and springs and struts for a 2001 with 99000 miles/

thanks

Hank
 
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