IMHO, the design of the SSD Performance brace (which is $180) may be superior.That is great news because that bar is half the price. Still expensive, but not over $600 like the second one I listed.
I have a solid SPT front bar on the 04 XT and there is a ride quality penalty with that bar. I've seen people claim the flex bars are just as good without the harshness. That is why they changed over to that design.
Anyone have access to a pre 2015 Body Repair Manual, I have a 2019 one? I'd like to compare the strut tower dimensions between generations.
Maybe they shipped the wrong one.
measure from a bolt on one side to other.
I will see if it matches my 2017
Maybe that’s the case. I emailed them about this issue but I have not got an email back yet. I’ll post updates so other fellow 2019 outback owners know if this product does not fit correctly
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This is essentially what I posted in the 19mm sway bar thread to your inquiry there, where I documented my experience with the combination of the mods.Got a reply back from them that they sent me a defective part and they’re sending me a replacement. I will update how it fits in my 2019 when I get the replacement!
I got a new one and installation was very easy. The difference was there in terms of how rigid the front end feels.This is essentially what I posted in the 19mm sway bar thread to your inquiry there, where I documented my experience with the combination of the mods.
Same happened to me for those reading along, and they were very apologetic. Indicated they received a number from welding that were too short... Sent me a new one right away.
You will like this bar!
I have a SSD strut tower brace and rear 19 mm swaybar on my wife’s Outback and like the feel. My only complaint is that the steel tower brace is very heavy. The strut tower brace on my BMW is made out of aluminum and is way lighter and just as stiff.IMHO, the design of the SSD Performance brace (which is $180) may be superior.
First off, the bar will not have the flex of some other designs. If the front end is relatively stiff, and you want to increase that stiffness, why would you want a flexible brace? How will that improve dynamics?
Secondly, it appears that the loads that would be transmitted to the opposite tower are handled better by the design of the brackets on the SSD product. I would think you'd want forces transferred normal (perpendicular) to the plane that runs vehicle front-to-back. In addition, the deflection of the strut in the vertical plane should be minimized if possible by the strut brace.
My SSD bar weighs about 15 pounds , my BMW bars is half the weight and is just as strong the bar is a lot thicker.It's only 7lbs IIRC. I wouldn't call it heavy. You say way lighter and just as stiff. I personally see the former, but not the latter. Anyways, the design and implementation of the SSD seems very good. No flex, no bends, and no hinges.