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Any Strut tower bars available for 2014 forester XT?

Preparing parts for my up-coming FXT.

Currently a STI 19mm RSB ready.
I am thinking to get a front struct tower bar, but can not find one.

Any experience here? thanks.
 

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they have the sti one from japanparts. but the price seems too high. I'm currently test fitting some gtspec bracing. Waiting for them to get a legacy bar in and see if it works.

should be 2010 legacy gt
 

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Spend money on a front swaybar instead, front strut bars are lipstick on a pig on Foresters especially on stock suspension.

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The strut towers have always been right up to the firewall on Foresters. A lot of people say you don't need it. All I can tell you is that I put one on my SG and had it until I got a new splitter. The bar interfered with the splitter, so I removed the bar. You could tell the difference when it was removed.

This is not a performance mod, it does not keep your car flatter or pull higher g's. It is a feel mod. The steering felt "tighter" going over uneven pavement and on initial turn in. The car felt more solid. I'm as much a fan of making the car feel better and more enjoyable to drive, as I am of making it perform better.
 

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I can vouch for the SSD bar - just installed one myself on my 2 week old XT. It's the way the car should have come from the factory. The bar is very beefy and has no joints - function over appearance (though it looks fine). Front end feel is noticeably improved.
 

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I can vouch for the SSD bar - just installed one myself on my 2 week old XT. It's the way the car should have come from the factory. The bar is very beefy and has no joints - function over appearance (though it looks fine). Front end feel is noticeably improved.

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The red SSD looks good under my hood.


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I also have the ssd (black) and it's a really nice difference. The 2.5 was already too loosely sprung IMHO. This just makes it much steadier.
 

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I noticed the SSD and the Perrin mounted on 2 bolts instead of 3.
Is it possible to mount this just working from the top, with no need to mess with the struts?
 

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Yeah you mount from the top. It's a 5 minute job. There is a thread somewhere in the suspension subforum where Mike from SSD offers a discount to the forum members. Probably worth checking if discount still applies and ordering directly from him.
 

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yeah email them and they'll give you a discount. Everything is from the top. Only trick is undoing the bolts under the cowl.
 
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