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04-22-2019 04:57 PM
nittanys1 Thanks! I ordered the 20mm, cant wait to see how well this helps with HWY driving!
04-22-2019 04:46 PM
subaruonlineparts
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Originally Posted by nittanys1 View Post
So much information here guys! Great job. Wonderin* if this 20mm bar will fit a 2013 OB. Anyone know?
It sure will, you can use either the 19 or 20.

Thanks,
Benny
04-20-2019 11:10 PM
nittanys1 So much information here guys! Great job. Wonderin* if this 20mm bar will fit a 2013 OB. Anyone know?

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Originally Posted by Ducatista10 View Post
How do you like the 20mm? I just got my 2016 Outback Limited and I am undecided on the 19mm or the 20mm. Keep in mind I am coming from a 2013 STI 5-door as my daily driver and I am use to the stiff suspension. Just wondering if there is any noticeable difference between the two. the 20mm bar is actually $10 cheaper on subaruonlineparts.com

Subaru Outback Rear 20MM Sway Bar Kit (Part No: 20451VA000-20464VA000 x2)
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Originally Posted by real_deal View Post
I just installed the 20mm sway bar and I had to buy new end links as the nuts were rusted on. Easy upgrade.
01-13-2019 10:17 PM
LAP Planning on doing that to my 2014 g4. That seems easy enough. Thanks for the how to!
04-07-2018 03:17 PM
Dantrax
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Originally Posted by problemchild200 View Post
I finally got around to installing my factory STI bar. I bought the bar on line from a dealer that had a good price. After installing I took the car for a test drive. The bar really helps cut down on some of the under steer. It does NOT eliminate the under steer. I would think you might need a 22mm or larger bar to eliminate it. The STI bar is a good bar for those who want better on highway and good off highway performance.

A few things you need to know.

You do NOT need to jack up the car.
You do NOT need new end links.
You DO need new larger bushings but the bar I ordered came with them.
You DO need a 12mm and 14mm socket and ratchet.
You do NOT need to drive the car up on ramps.

This was the easiest mod I have ever done. On a scale of playschool to rocket engineer its a playschool +1.

How to:
Crawl under car.
Un-bolt 2 14mm link nuts
Un-bolt 4 12mm bushing bolts
Remove bar
Place new larger bushing on new bar
Place new bar into position
Insert one end link and thread on 14mm nut
Insert other end link and thread on 14mm nut
Screw in 4 12mm bolts through bushing brackets
Tighten all nuts and bolts.
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OP What size sway bar did you install? 19mm or 20mm
12-22-2017 11:32 AM
real_deal I just installed the 20mm sway bar and I had to buy new end links as the nuts were rusted on. Easy upgrade.
05-16-2017 03:28 PM
Quartermaster_James
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Originally Posted by mikek753 View Post
How do you like this Mod?
What pros and cons your got in new ride?
I like it. I finally ditched the stock Contis and put Geolandar A/T-S on the car about a month ago. Those made a huge improvement in ride and handling. Adding the 20mm RSB continued the same. No more floaty feeling on the road. The car goes into a turn and stays in the turn without further correction. No more feeling as though the body is being tossed around separately like a bobble-head.

No cons to speak of. Between the new tires and the RSB I do get more feedback from the road (mostly due to the tires), but I consider that an improvement. I'm not rock-crawling and I don't expect any "off-road" issues over the service roads and trails I do take.

Addendum: well, I was racking my head trying to come up with terms to describe the improvement the 20mm bar makes. Turns out that there are already words: flatter cornering. That's it exactly!
05-16-2017 02:23 PM
mikek753
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Originally Posted by Quartermaster_James View Post
Just put the 20mm bar on my 2012 2.5 last night. I hit the clamp and lower end link nuts/bolts with Aerokroil a few times over the last couple of weeks and everything came apart easily despite enduring four Alaskan winters so far. Used some Mouse Milk on the upper end link nuts once I had the bar and links off the car, and they too came apart without issue. Spent about an hour all told on the remove and replace, mainly because I had some trouble aligning the low end of the links back in the rail and I was being extremely cautious against cross-threading the bracket bolts.
How do you like this Mod?
What pros and cons your got in new ride?
05-16-2017 02:17 PM
Quartermaster_James Just put the 20mm bar on my 2012 2.5 last night. I hit the clamp and lower end link nuts/bolts with Aerokroil a few times over the last couple of weeks and everything came apart easily despite enduring four Alaskan winters so far. Used some Mouse Milk on the upper end link nuts once I had the bar and links off the car, and they too came apart without issue. Spent about an hour all told on the remove and replace, mainly because I had some trouble aligning the low end of the links back in the rail and I was being extremely cautious against cross-threading the bracket bolts.
03-26-2017 09:18 PM
jamsomito So I went to install my new sway bar tonight. Took about an hour to get it in... the trunk for someone else to install.

The 12mm bolts on the bushing clamps - super easy. Cracked those off right away, good to go. I left them loose but still attached while I worked on the end link nuts. Cracked them with a 14mm socket but noted the bolt was spinning, so I put in a 5mm hex key and started working on it. I could only get 1/8 turn at best before having to rejigger my crescent wrench. Fiddled with it for a good half hour, tried some WD40, got the nut almost to the end and I just didn't want to risk breaking it off. I've done that before and know what it feels like, and these were turning really hard - plus, as it got more loose the end links move around more and more which made each turn less productive. So, I spent the next 15 minutes or so slowly moving the nut back tight again, 1/8 - 1/16 turn at a time. Ugh. Then as I was putting the 12mm bushing clamp bolts back in my socket slipped and I punched myself in the eye. I thew the tools back on the shelf and walked back in the house with my tail between my legs. I should stick to woodworking.

My problem was the end link bolts were pretty rusted. My outback is a 2012 with 100,000 miles on it, lived it's whole life in the rust belt. I should have figured it would have given me issues. So I'm thinking I'm just going to take it to someone who can deal with the rusty bolts on the end links. I suppose I could try getting whole new end links and connecting bushings/ bolts, but I'm just not sure I want to go through the effort any more. Maybe in a few days, we'll see. Just thought I'd share my experience.
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