Bugeye Sway Bars

Samgc8
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Bugeye Sway Bars

Postby Samgc8 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:21 am

Hi all,

I will soon be picking up a very nice Bugeye STI. My first STI!

Currently, its only suspension mod is Tien coilovers. I was planning on installing a Whileline rear sway bar and was wondering if I should do the front sway bar at the same time.
Also, what sizes are recommended for both the rear and front? Lastly, can anyone recommend a workshop/mechanic that can assist me with suspension setup/installs and aliments in the Brisbane area?

From my research I noticed three places. MRT, Subi Evolution and John French Motors. I don't mind traveling for quality.

Any help would be much appreciated,

Cheers!

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Delivan
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Re: Bugeye Sway Bars

Postby Delivan » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:09 pm

With out a doubt....Subi Evolution at Brendale. Russell lives and breaths WRXs and Sti.. He has about 7 of his own.. He has a mountain of good 2nd hand parts and knows them inside and out. I wouldn't take my rexs anywhere else.
re sway bars.. It depends what you want the car for .. if it is your only car and is your daily drive thenI would go 22 front and rear. Russell doesn't do wheel alignments but Bob Jane at Lawnton does a great job. Tell them what sort of driving you do..eg...spirited mountain driving..and they will set camber accordingly . It may be worth getting some different camber bolts which Russ can fit before you get an allignment..and a ALK (anti lift kit) depending on finances.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Whiteline-Fr ... Sw8w1X~YXS
It all depends how far you want to go with suspension mods and how much you want to spend.
Make sure you use these type of end links on your sway bars..
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Whiteline-Sw ... Swx6pYrc7i
and NOT the figure 8 steel rod type because they break..I have had that happen twice..You may also want to consider these http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Whiteline-KB ... Sw1DtXIymw Or weld plates on either side of the stock ones to strengthen.. The mounts take ALL the stress of a tight suspension so they need to be stronger than stock, unless you plan to drive it like a Camry forever.
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Re: Bugeye Sway Bars

Postby mv75 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:19 pm

Everything Delivan said except for sway links you probably want these:

Front: (alloy arms) http://www.carmodsaustralia.com.au/sway ... ersal.html

Anyway, you may not even want bars, my 2003 peanut standard height, I've got decent pilot sport 3 tyres on and have felt no need to get bars. Did end links and anti lift of course. Delivan had a ride in it back then too, and since then I've added rear subframe lock bolts and the rest of the Perrin rear diff lock bushing kit. This car is great on standard bars. My gc8 otoh I had to put a rear 24mm bar in as it understeered like crazy.

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Re: Bugeye Sway Bars

Postby Delivan » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:44 pm

Yes the front sways always seem to be on an uncomfortable angle with the link which does put strain on the link bushes so I agree it is probably worth the little extra to put in the pivoting type links but they are only necessary on the front as the rears sit straight and are not an issue..
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'03 WRX Pearl Red Bug Sedan
'02 WRX Silver Bug Wagon
'98 WRX Blue Club Spec Evo 2 with 2.5 lt
'99 WRX White Sti Version 6 with 2.5 lt
'98 Mitsubishi EVO 5 (kept in the basement)

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Re: Bugeye Sway Bars

Postby mv75 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:41 am

Plus on alloy arms which I think the bug sti would have, and my 2003 wrx does have, the actual mount on the arm itself is just a single tab hole, not the double hole bracket like the regular arms have.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?view= ... ajaxhist=0

You can see the single tab mount there and why you need the twist mount.

But yes, the rears are the double through bolt mounts and do not change.

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