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So, as I am putting my new Perrin endlinks on my XT, I had an idea about using hose clamps as ghetto swaybar locators. We all know lateral swaybar movement is an issue when upgrading to the STi RSB. So, what I did was take 2 hose clamps and attached them to the swaybar right up against the tower mounts. I left about a 1/4 inch gap between the clamp head and the bushing to allow some lateral movement, but preventing any radical mis-alignment issues. The way I see it, this should prevent any unwanted lateral movement of the RSB. The clamps can be tightend enough that the force of the lateral movement shouldn't budge them, since I was able to grab the swaybar and move it by hand with the endlinks attached.

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That's a known solution for the problem going way back. It's been used by several NASIOC members with no problems. When I've done it I added some hose from ace hardware under the clamp (same width as the clamp) to make the clamp have a larger bite against the swaybar bushing.

Be sure to clean off any lube under the rubber hose to keep it as solid as possible. Use a socket to get the clamp tight.

Also put a tie wrap on the inside of the bushing, touching it and make it semi-tight. This will let you know if its been walking.
 
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