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Old 01-12-2008, 01:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,
I am new to subarus and to the forum. I've done a bit of lurking and now its time to post.

I recently bought a 1999 Legacy Outback. Ive already done some work to it. Ive replaced all of the struts, they were DEAD as can be. I also upgraded my rear sway bar to one from Rallitek. This rear sway bar made a huge difference in the handling characteristics of the car.

Now the front feels like it needs a better sway bar, or atleast some stiffening. I've been doing searchs and lurking around many websites and I can't seem to find any decent info on what to do for the front.

So my questions are:
1. Is there an after market sway bar for my 1999? Rallitek does not offer one.
2. does the 1999 share the same sway bar as the 2000 or newer cars? and can I gat a bigger sway bar from a newer model?
3. Is my only option going to be stiffer end links and better bushings?
4. ???
Thanks in advance for any info and advice that is offered.

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Old 01-12-2008, 02:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As I recall, Rallitek advised us to only change the rear swaybar to keep the dynamics of the handling optimum, leaving the front swaybar stock. We did just that and the car handles great.

We may eventually get around to putting in steering rack bushings as the next front end modification. Hear that does some wonders.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HARDR...spagenameZWDVW

Went ahead and bought them.
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Old 01-12-2008, 04:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As I recall, Rallitek advised us to only change the rear swaybar to keep the dynamics of the handling optimum, leaving the front swaybar stock. We did just that and the car handles great.

We may eventually get around to putting in steering rack bushings as the next front end modification. Hear that does some wonders.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HARDR...spagenameZWDVW

Went ahead and bought them.
You may find that upgrading the endlinks to solid endlink will do the trick that you need to stiffen up the front, Group A makes a variety of them for Subarus, just figure that out, maybe even take a picture of the stock ones and send them to Group A so they can look into it for you.

If you still want a sway bar, Whiteline makes sway bar and lowering springs for your car, which should be what your looking for. Mind you the lowering springs are not going to lower it too much, about an 1.2 inches if I'm not mistake, and they are good upgrade.

Here's a link that you get the parts at:

Global Performance Parts - 1999 Subaru Outback
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Old 02-10-2008, 02:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have found that Whiteline products:
BSF14x sway bar
KLC20A end link
KLC38 end link
KLC30 end link

will fit the 1999 OBW.
I will likely purchase then adjustable end links this week and see if they help, if its not enough I will then purchase a sway bar. I will then repost with the "news".

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We went with the Noltec solid endlinks:

http://www.oakos.com/Merchant2/merch..._Code=NOL22508

We also installed the steering rack hard bushings.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HARDR...4471QQtcZphoto

Still awaiting the 19mm swaybar bushings for stock front end swaybar.

http://performanceshock.com/NACat.pdf p/n N22831 Noltec

Can't wait to experience the difference in drive and feel.
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lomita and tradisrad I'm curious to hear how the new equipment is working out for you.

I'm looking to stiffen up my '99 OBW and am worried that the KYB GR2's I've got on order just won't be enough.


BTW tradisrad.. Trad IS rad but I'm still building my rack & need good experience.

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BigRingMash,
I also put in new shocks (KYB GR 2s) all around and they were not enough to help the rear from lifting as I cornered. I highly recommend the sway bar it really helped.
I also replaced the front drop links with metal one from White Line and that "may" have helped a bit in the response from the front bar.
I also did the steering rack bushing and did not notice any difference there.

I think you are the first person to understand my screen name. I also post on Supertopo and rockclimbing.com and a few Porsche 914 boards with that name.
Keep building your rack 'cause trad climbing is the best. I am fortunate to live in CA and I am just about 3 hours from Yosemite so I climb there a lot.

hope this helps
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where did you get your rear bar? rallitek doesn't have anything listed on their site for the BG. i've considered doing the same upgrades.
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where did you get your rear bar? rallitek doesn't have anything listed on their site for the BG. i've considered doing the same upgrades.
I think I got it at rallitek. I had to call them. If I remember I'll check my reciept this evening when I get home and confirm.
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Just as an FYI, Rallitek DOES offer a front sway. I ordered one about 6 weeks ago, and put it on. I felt the same way, I was so stoked when I put the rear on, I wanted a front. Was VERY happy when I put the front on - it really hugs the road. I think what they do is they take their wrx front sway kit and just do different bushings or something. Anyway, go for it. Give them a call. If they say they don't have one, ask for Sean and I'm sure he'll sort it out.
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