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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-04-2006, 08:11 PM
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Could someone please measure their lateral links

on their 03+ forester? I am wondering what the end to end measurement is.
and, more importantly, what the end to endlink tab measurement is. please let me know if they are stock, or the upgraded STi/SPT lateral links.
i am refering to this http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=778793
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Bump to help a guy out.

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First off, I used this as a reference for measurement and followed the exact same method.




The measurement is of the stock lateral links off a 2003 Forester.

The pictures looks a bit deceiving due to depth. Length is not 17"


A = 16 - 1/2"

B = 3 - 1/2"

C = 13"

D = 16 - 1/2"







I currently have these STi lateral links on the car:

part number:
B0250SA000

https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/p...roducts_id=788

I get my car back on friday. If you can wait, I will get the measurements of my STi lateral links for you.
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I get my car back on friday.
Where was it?

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Where was it?
It's in the shop getting an STi motor transplant...


[wake up from daydream]


...Damn!

My brother has my Foz. For some reason, he thinks it a free rental whenever he feels like it. I take the bus to work so my car sits on the driveway during the weekdays anyway. As long as I get it back with a full tank of gas, I'm happy. Coming to think about it, the last time I gased up was maybe a month or more ago.

I leave car nearly empty on gas. Brother takes car. Brother fill up tank upon return. I enjoy weekend. I like that routine.
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thanks guys,
the exact measurements of the aluminum lateral links are actually
A= 41.5cm
B= 8.3cm
C= 33.2 cm
D= 41.5cm
B is about 7mm more inboard than my stock aluminum ones
A and D are the same as my stock ones.

Is there a difference between the 2003-2006 Forester and a FXT in lateral link length?
 
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Is there a difference between the 2003-2006 Forester and a FXT in lateral link length?
No, they are all the same.

I still can't figure out what the deal is. I'm tempted to chalk this up to differences is measuring, without some side to side comparison. I'd like to get to the bottom of this myself.

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B is about 7mm more inboard than my stock aluminum ones
That's what I notice right off hand when I swapped the parts that the endlink tabs don't match up on the stock and STi LL. I'll get the measurements of my STi LL for comparison to your numbers. AFAIK, the 2003-2006 stock forester lateral links are the same length.

EDIT for my conversion from inches to centimeter.

A = 16 - 1/2" or 41.9 cm

B = 3 - 1/2" or 8.9 cm

C = 13" or 33 cm

D =
16 - 1/2" or 41.9 cm

dobie0791, we are pretty darn close! My theory is whoever got those measurements for the 04 and 05 STi LL may not be accurate. I used a dial caliper, tape measure, and a extra set of eyes.

dobie0791, did your LL came with a box? Do you have the part number because I'm really curious now.


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Thanks Guys,
Justin, i have measured these many times- the 41.5cm length is exact thru the center of each bushing. the endlink tab is tougher to measure, but i am within 1mm on the measurement.
Tre, i'm pretty sure the measurments given in inches is not too accurate- Subaru would be using metric, and i'm sure that the 41.5cm measurement is more likely than the metric equivalent of 16 1/4" = 41.275
I bought these from a guy who was selling his 05 STi and had bought a ton of parts for it, but never installed them. They were purchased thru the King of Imports, and i called him to ask about the links. he did not have any info, but said he would look into in. i have not heard back from him yet.
these did not come in the original boxes, so no part #.
I also emailed Myles @ Racecomp and he just answered that these are the correct fitment.
Maybe Subaru moves these endlink tabs inboard on the upgraded links for a reason??
 
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Good point about the measurements in metric. I bet my money if I redo it in metric the numbers will be spot on with yours. If those LL of yours is specific to 05 STi, it will confirm that there is indeed no difference between 04 and 05 STi LL as previously stated.

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Cool, thanks.
 
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dobie0791, I measured my SG 04 STi lateral links part # B0250SA000 today. My measurements are pretty much spot on with your measurements for an 05 Impreza WRX STi. So in conclusion, the 04 Forester STi lateral link set is identical to the 04+ Impreza WRX STi lateral links.



A= 41.5cm
B= 8.3cm
C= 33.2 cm
D= 41.5cm

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Guys, what is the final conclusion on this lateral link situation?

I want to upgrade the links on my 2005 FXT to something stiffer but I need to make sure that the new links I get are exactly the same overall length (or a tiny bit shorter) that the stock 2005 FXT links. If the new links are any longer it will give me too much negative camber which I do not want!

If the info that tre36 posted is correct it looks like the links to get are for the '05+ STi and even these will be .25" shorter in overall length (16.5" vs 16.25").

TIA for the help
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Conclusion

The lateral links on MY03+ Foresters are the same length as the MY04+ Impreza STi.

Note that the lateral links on the Impreza WRX is shorter.
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The lateral links on MY03+ Foresters are the same length as the MY04+ Impreza STi.
Thank you for the reply :)...but, don't we have lots of proof that the '05+ STi links are longer than the '04 STi links? If so, are the Forester links the closer to the '04 or '05+ STi links? And lastly, if the Forester links are the same length as one of the STis why does the SPT site list a different part # for the Forester links compared to the Impreza STi cars.
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