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post #46 of 94 (permalink) Old 08-30-2010, 03:26 AM
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just got my 19mm bar on this past Friday and I have to say HUGE improvement. I noticed above that a couple people had issues with the bolts for the bushing mounts and I had an issue as well with one of them. The one bolt seems to have destroyed the first thread or so but with some extra effort it went in and was tight.

The install was easy other than getting the nut off the endlink, that design just seems stupid to me but it works and I got everything installed.

Again the improvement over the stock bar is huge and immediately noticeable.


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Those bolts are somewhat delicate. My top two went in no problem and torqued down fine. The bottom two less so. Having said that I am watching them and they are fine. I do some on order.

No doubt the bar does flatten out the car a bit. It is a nice improvement.
Overall however I am not at all satisfied with the handling. Still way to sloppy. I have the same setup I had on the 2004 and that car was a lot tighter.

I am not flush with cash so I am going to do some bushings for now but I will be changing things up in the future.


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i just ordered the following STI parts for my 2010 forester, these will be installed shortly:


# 20451FG020 -- 2009+ STI sway bar

# 20464FG020 --2009+ STI bushings

Whiteline 2010 forester Adj. swaybar endlinks


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If you can still change the order the 2010 SE STI and 2011 STI bar is 1mm larger than the 2008-2010 STI bar (19mm vs 18mm)

Doubtful it will be a huge difference though.

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If you can still change the order the 2010 SE STI and 2011 STI bar is 1mm larger than the 2008-2010 STI bar (19mm vs 18mm)

Doubtful it will be a huge difference though.
i got those part numbers from your earlier post in this thread.

i believe its the 19mm STI part.
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Oh ok the 2009+ through me.

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i just ordered the following STI parts for my 2010 forester, these will be installed shortly:


# 20451FG020 -- 2009+ STI sway bar

# 20464FG020 --2009+ STI bushings

Whiteline 2010 forester Adj. swaybar endlinks


thoughts?

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Which Whiteline kit are you planning on ordering? According to the Whiteline website, there appear to be two endlink kits that work for the rear - KLC27 and KLC166. Does anyone know which one is best for our application (upgrading to the 19 mm STi RSB)?
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Which Whiteline kit are you planning on ordering? According to the Whiteline website, there appear to be two endlink kits that work for the rear - KLC27 and KLC166. Does anyone know which one is best for our application (upgrading to the 19 mm STi RSB)?
i went with the adj. Whiteline Ball Joint style End Link kit - part # KLC166.



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i just ordered the swifts to add to these suspension upgrades.

i absolutely CANT wait.. but will have too.

i was considering waiting until spring to get them..with a set of rims but forget that idea. i figure i can still utilize these springs for the winter :)

and they'll definately add to the anti-sway bar, bushings and endlinks.

i'll update when i have them in and installed.
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The Swifts overall are pretty nice. Good ride a bit stiffer and a bit lower.
I think that these cars may need a bit larger sway bar front/rear than an SG.

Rear subframe inserts are my next move.


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Thumbs up Taking the plunge!

I've got the 19 mm STi bar, bushing and Rallitek rear endlinks ordered and on the way. I'll post an update once everything arrives and I get it installed. This seems like the most cost-effective solution by far.
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Just ordered the RSB kit from subarupartsonline thanks to this thread. :) And $425 worth of other accessories. Hooray for $500 in Subaru bucks!

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FYI, this kit takes 20 minutes tops to install. Maybe closer to 10.

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So i've experienced that when i turn and go over a bump at high speed, the rear feels like the body just completely comes off the chassis and it is just absolutely terrifying. Also when going straight and running over a sewer grate, the rear sways alot. Would a stiffer RSB solve this?

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My new MY10 was scary on sharp curves and terrifying during avoidance maneuvers when stock. After 16,000 mi I installed 22&19mm Perrin SBs and Kartboy links. The difference is "night and day"!!!! My other car is a Boxster with upgraded Euro suspension and I and the Forester is almost equally as pleasing to drive with this mod. My setup cost me $499, and I envy you guys that saved a lot using Subie parts. If I were doing it again, I would save money by not using Kartboy links (others are less expensive) which are likely overkill and not an easy fit.
By all means, change the sway bars!!!

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