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So, I know this has been a discussed a million times. When I looked it up to find an honest solid answer I never found one...so...here we are.

Subarpartswarehouse.com had a 30% off sale so I figured it was worth the risk.

Description:SPT Front Strut Tower Brace
Part Number: SOA8431130

YES, it fits. You can buy it and install it and be done with it. No mods, don't have to remove the engine cover. Have a 12mm and 2x 15mm wrenches you too can install it! (Preferably a torque wrench for the finally tightening) Enjoy some pictures.

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I've got one also. It was the first thing I bought for the car. Mine contacts the plastic lip that sticks out from the firewall, but it fits and has been fine for years.
 

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I've got one also. It was the first thing I bought for the car. Mine contacts the plastic lip that sticks out from the firewall, but it fits and has been fine for years.
Same here, little rain catch plastic thing, but by far nothing major as many have worried about. It's just a super minor small tuck of about a quarter inch, and nothing that would cause any sort of concern.
 

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Is there a SPT rear strut tower brace?
So, rear strut tower braces for 09+ dont really exist because all 09+ foresters are multi link rear suspension, and multi link suspension doesnt really need bracing like McPherson Struts. I have seen some attempts for 08+ hatch STi/WRX in the past but as I recall it didn't really do anything except take up trunk space.

Swapping the rear subframe bushing would probably do more to tighten up the rear of the car, but that is a lot more involved install.
 

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I would add that I don’t think the front strut bar does all that much either due to the close proximity to the firewall. I’d put the Perrin damper lockout higher on the priority list, and it’s cheaper.


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On my 09SHXT I had Swift springs, Whiteline 24 front 22 rear sway bars and Kartboy endlinks...thing handled like a gokart. I'll probably go 22/20mm this time around.

The only mod i've done with my current 2012XT is the SPT brace. I've noticed a bit better turn in, but nothing like doing the other bits.
 

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I see you just couldn’t stay away from the foresters lol. I really can’t stress this enough, don’t do without the steering lockout this time. Cheap, easy to install from underneath, and kicked myself for not doing it sooner.


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I might add the one brace that these SH could benefit from is any brace from the rear of the control arm to the sub frame, basically the H brace. Many of the braces out there will not list compatibility with the SH, but they work, the NA cars might have brace specific exhaust manifold interference. However, it is one of the few braces that you can feel the chassis stiffening even in every day driving, more so than any strut tower brace. I remember doing the cheap ebay H brace on my GR STi and being really impressed with the difference it made for the price.

I recently picked up the Cusco lower arm bar type 1 for cheap, and was really happy with the improvement to my SH. https://www.rallysportdirect.com/part/control-arm-braces/cus-692-475-a-cusco-front-lower-arm-bar-type-i , interestingly RSD does not list SH as compatible but there was SH5 in the Cusco instructions and a picture installed on a NA car.

Interestingly, subaru started adding this brace to cars around 2014+, I think the SJ XTs, and 2015+ WRX/STi all have a stamped steel version of the brace.
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That looks pretty awesome. Just 3 bolts per side? Does it interfere with anything? Plastic undertray?


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Yeah it’s technically 3 bolts per side, but since I have a NA, and it goes under the factory bracket I had to loosen the 2 more bolts per side. It connects behind the factory under tray so there is no real interference.

Basically there is nothing really bracing the underside of the chassis from the cabin to the subframe. The subframe basically hangs off the frame rail the extends forward from the cabin, and the factory fender braces it some but nothing like connecting the cabin to the subframe.

In the GD(SG) generation there was the big U brace which did brace the cabin to the subframe and even to the radiator support core, but that all disappeared in the GR(SH) generation.
 

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Most chassis components for the GV/GR bolts right up to the SH.

Everything for the GR in the HKS Kansai chassis product portfolio bolts right up
Most things for the GR in the Cusco chassis product portfolio bolts up.
Especially useful is front quarter panel brace from Cusco SEA
GR/GV STi's aluminum front ball joint lower control arm bolts right up
GR/GV STi's aluminum rear lower arm bolts right up.
14 onward STi's 20mm rear sway bar pairs better to the 22mm stock front sway bar than the older 19mm
And if you can get your hands on the Japan STi parts for the SH, there are a few pieces I would recommend.
 

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I see you just couldn’t stay away from the foresters lol. I really can’t stress this enough, don’t do without the steering lockout this time. Cheap, easy to install from underneath, and kicked myself for not doing it sooner.


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Hey buddy will this fit SH?


Perrin fitment note is not sure....
 

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Hey buddy will this fit SH?


Perrin fitment note is not sure....
Went right in with no issue. Easiest from under the car.
 

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I might add the one brace that these SH could benefit from is any brace from the rear of the control arm to the sub frame, basically the H brace. Many of the braces out there will not list compatibility with the SH, but they work, the NA cars might have brace specific exhaust manifold interference. However, it is one of the few braces that you can feel the chassis stiffening even in every day driving, more so than any strut tower brace. I remember doing the cheap ebay H brace on my GR STi and being really impressed with the difference it made for the price.

I recently picked up the Cusco lower arm bar type 1 for cheap, and was really happy with the improvement to my SH. https://www.rallysportdirect.com/part/control-arm-braces/cus-692-475-a-cusco-front-lower-arm-bar-type-i , interestingly RSD does not list SH as compatible but there was SH5 in the Cusco instructions and a picture installed on a NA car.

Interestingly, subaru started adding this brace to cars around 2014+, I think the SJ XTs, and 2015+ WRX/STi all have a stamped steel version of the brace. View attachment 522600
I went ahead and ordered a set of these. After looking at it all under the car yesterday it makes sense. I’ll let you know how it feels after I get them on.


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So I got those Cusco braces and while was under the car looking things over I noticed a broken ground strap. More details here.


After sorting that out, I finally put those braces in. Drive around today. Wow! The car is much more solid feeling now. Great mod and thanks for the tip! I could never quite place why the SH never felt as solid to me as the SG. I think this was it!



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