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Anyone have access and can post the part number for the bigger OB 2013 FRONT sway bar? Drop links would be good too, not sure if those were updated or not.

...Thinking upgrade....:D
 

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I believe that these are it:

Front Sway Bar (2013 3.6R) - 20401AJ08A
Bushings - 20414AJ10A (x2)

Cool, thanks!

Listed at only $73 for the bar, it's listed as STABILIZER F D26, I assume the D26 means 26mm which is the 2013. The bushings are listed as RUB BUSH STABI D25, I assume the D25 may mean that it's 25mm, slightly smaller than the bar to hold tightly.

Do you have access to check if the end-links are a different part number between 2012 and 2013? Thanks in advance!
 

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Are you purchasing the FSB? The wife has given me the greenlight to purchase the bar for her Outback, but after Thanksgiving.

Not so sure about the endlinks. From what I have read, they are the same. One of the legacygt.com members is reusing the original endlinks from his 2010.
 

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Are you purchasing the FSB? The wife has given me the greenlight to purchase the bar for her Outback, but after Thanksgiving.

Not so sure about the endlinks. From what I have read, they are the same. One of the legacygt.com members is reusing the original endlinks from his 2010.
Yes I am!! Just wondering about the install, need to climb under the car and look, not sure if you have to drop the subframe to get it out or not, hopefully it can be just unbolted and slid out from the side.

The stock endlinks are pretty skinny, but I guess they ARE neutral most of the time and the new bar is only 2mm bigger, so probably not an issue, assuming Subaru did not see fit to make them bigger for the 26mm bar.
 

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Not sure, but they look like AVO.

From my personal experience, I would advise against the AVO endlinks. Coming from my 2005 LGT Sedan, the rear AVOs had their dust boots tear and lost their grease. My brother in-law's front AND rear AVOs died in the same manner. AVO might have improved their durability since 2007. There are users on legacygt.com that have had good results, but there are also others that experienced the same as mine.




Actually, they look like Whiteline endlinks.
 

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Ordered. FSB = $69.38 and Bushings = $6.08 from SubaruPartsOnline.com

I was surprised how inexpensive this upgrade is....we'll see if it helps, hopefully matches the front end well with the already upgraded 19mm RSB.
 

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Excellent!

Please post results! I will be ordering after Thanksgiving. The wife and I spent some play money adding more suspension bits to the Legacy, so the Outback is on standby.
 

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26mm FSB arrived yesterday. I'll try to get it put in this weekend and let you all know how it "feels". :D
 

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Cool, thanks!

Listed at only $73 for the bar, it's listed as STABILIZER F D26, I assume the D26 means 26mm which is the 2013. The bushings are listed as RUB BUSH STABI D25, I assume the D25 may mean that it's 25mm, slightly smaller than the bar to hold tightly.

Do you have access to check if the end-links are a different part number between 2012 and 2013? Thanks in advance!
Rubber bushings around sway bars are always 1 mm smaller; e.g. the 19mm RSB uses 18mm bushings.
 

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26mm FSB arrived yesterday. I'll try to get it put in this weekend and let you all know how it "feels". :D

Awesome.
I performed some suspension maintenance on the LGT this week, and have momentum. Might have to order up the FSB for the Outback.
 

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Can these (front and rear) sway bars be gotten as a dealer-installed option when buying the Outback?
 

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Can these (front and rear) sway bars be gotten as a dealer-installed option when buying the Outback?
Don't see why not. The dealer will do just about anything if you're willing to pay for it. I've seen brand new cars painted a different color.:gasp: The only caveat is the status of the warranty.
 

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This was me. Let me know if you guys have any questions.
Thanks for the great writeup over on LGT. I'll get to installing mine today or tomorrow. I'm not crazy about using a pickle fork on my tie rod, in my experience this just tears up the boot....great if you are replacing the tie rod with a new one, but if you are reinstalling it's nice to avoid the damage.

The hammer method has worked for me in the past:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDsci-izhhc&feature=youtu.be
 

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No problem. Yeah I lost a little grease with the pickle fork but the boot is perfect but i was careful. The poly bushings made a huge difference but sourcing them out was a pain.
 

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Ok, got the 26mm FSB installed! It feels great and really tightens up the front end. It is even noticible when driving straight over small bumps, less side to side wiggle.

I did need to separate both tie rods to get it installed. Not very difficult, they popped out easily by hitting the knuckle with a large hammer then tapping lightly on the castle nut put on backwards to protect the threads. You could probably get away with just separating just one (as the above LGT.com thread says), but after playing twister for about 5 minutes trying to get it thru the subframe and in the proper orientation I decided it would take less time to separate both tie rods rather than screw around with it for another 20 minutes trying to get it thru.

I highly recommend this upgrade for 2010-2012s, it seems to be a good compliment to the 19mm RSB and the car feels more balanced now. Plus it's a pretty cheap upgrade, it cost me all of $80 plus shipping (I sure wish Porsche parts were as cheap as Subaru!).

I do have the Tanabe front strut top bar, and with a bigger FSB it may be more relevent to have one. One of the "improvements" for 2013 was reinforcement of the front strut top mount points, so the bigger FSB may lend to more flex here if you don't have one on your 2010-12 already. I'd recommend both the 26mm FSB and the strut top bar at the same time.
 

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