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I just got a 19mm installed by my dealer, $241 including the bar and bushings. And like everyone says we'll worth the price! This is how the car should have rolled if the line at the factory..... They would definitely sell more!

Ok the ride to work was fun!! corning is definitely improved and the body roll greatly reduced.... sure glad I didn't wait on this mod!
Just got mine in the mail. Looking at Youtube it looks beyond simple. Now I am 72 but have been wrenching all my life and am in good physical condition.

I intend to put it on tomorrow. If for some reason I have a problem. I will take it down the road to my specialist. He'll charge under 50 bucks. If he charges like 30 I'll give him 20 dollar tip lol.

I don't intend to use lock tight. I'll check it in a few days and in a week. By then it will be rusted fast..lol
 

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The stock bar is 16 mm the new one measures 20mm (as advertised). Doing the math the new one is 1.953 times as "rigid"..say twice as rigid. I am positive it will make a nice difference. Just put it on ramps tonight. Nuts are easy access. Should take 1/2 hour.
 

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Would you mind sharing the cost of the install? I don’t have a garage and it’s getting cold in my neck of the woods. I called my local dealer and they wanted $185 just for labor!
I would just do it yourself. I installed the 20MM OEM one in less than an hour. If you don't have the tools etc, just take it to any shop. $185 is way too much to pay for such a simple install. Most non-dealers could probably install it for like 50 bucks.
 

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It is a direct fit. It will come with new bushings that will fit in your stock brackets. It's advisable to get aftermarket end links also, as these will be under much more "pressure" now from the stiffer bar.
What end links did you install? I didn't bother with getting aftermarket ones and so far haven't noticed any issues. I just installed the 20mm bar and the new bushings that came with it.
 

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The biggest problem was getting the old one to clear the body bc of the dual exaust lol. Once I got it out I laid it on the ground just the way it came out.:woohoo:
 

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So why get an STI bar made for a different car than an aftermarket bar made by a company that engineered it for your car? Cusco, Whiteline, ect.?
 

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The parts are interchangeable for our models so the part #s are listed as such, and the price is cheaper for OEM. If you want an adjustable bar, that's a different story.
 

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Anyone have the cusco? Any feedback?
If I’m not wrong, the aftermarket ones (eg. Cusco, whiteline) are solid bars which are stiffer even though they are of the same diameter as the STi ones.

If you are concerned with the ride comfort, suggest you try sitting in a car with the aftermarket rear sway bar which you plan to get. I was previously on front cusco (26mm) and rear whiteline (22mm, adjustable) but found the car to be rather bumpy. So I reverted to front stock (24mm) and rear STi (20mm).

Ride comfort is a highly subjective matter so it’s best to try it out to see if it meets your needs.
 

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I installed the Cusco front and rear units. Love them! I will say that the blue paint can be 'fragile'. Use cardboard during install and try not to drag, scrape or knock the swaybars.
 

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Good Morning All!
Just a quick question when it comes to the 20mm sway bar that everyone is discussing! Will a STI sway bar fit on a non turbo SJ? Thank You!
 

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Guys. what's an SJ? I have a 2014 F-XT and after reading all these "less understeer", I want to get this upgrade. Where do u guys get your 19 or 20mm RSB? Are those Subaru brand or pull from existing models? Which ones would fit on mine? I'm assuming my factory is less than 19mm. Appreciate any help. Short of changing my weakly horns, I don't do upgrades usually, first time.
 

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Guys. what's an SJ? I have a 2014 F-XT and after reading all these "less understeer", I want to get this upgrade. Where do u guys get your 19 or 20mm RSB? Are those Subaru brand or pull from existing models? Which ones would fit on mine? I'm assuming my factory is less than 19mm. Appreciate any help. Short of changing my weakly horns, I don't do upgrades usually, first time.
SJ is just the generation of the forester. Model Year 2014 - 2018 is the SJ generation. You can get the 19/20mm RSB anywhere. I actually got mine from Ebay. It's a Subaru OEM product. It's a direct swap with the factory one that's on the forester. I think the forester stock one is 16mm. The 19/20mm subaru one is from a WRX/STI.
 

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Guys. what's an SJ? I have a 2014 F-XT and after reading all these "less understeer", I want to get this upgrade. Where do u guys get your 19 or 20mm RSB? Are those Subaru brand or pull from existing models? Which ones would fit on mine? I'm assuming my factory is less than 19mm. Appreciate any help. Short of changing my weakly horns, I don't do upgrades usually, first time.
I'm assuming we are in the same country (PH). I just asked our local dealer for the 20mm RSB. They have it available together with the bushings and it's pretty much cheap IMO. You can message me here so I can help you out. I'm planning to get mine upgraded as well.
 
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