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OutbackGT
11-30-2006, 09:17 PM
Recieved my Cusco strut bar today. I don't really expect it to do too much for my handling, but the fitment of this essesntially ensures that their coil over kit will fit.

The docs:

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/3879/1000421fj0.jpg

http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/7029/1000423bw4.jpg
JDM y0!

Installed:

http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/5664/1000424xe5.jpg

http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/8044/1000426za6.jpg


I didn't really install it "properly", with the weight off the suspension, didn't have enough time. Hopefully I'll get around to that this weekend.

Next on the list is a rear strut bar from Cusco. :grin:

Wiscon_Mark
11-30-2006, 10:12 PM
Snazzy.

Huffer
11-30-2006, 11:43 PM
I didn't really install it "properly", with the weight off the suspension, didn't have enough time. Hopefully I'll get around to that this weekend.

Uh, I hope you don't mean with the wheels off the ground, because that's not how you want to install a strutbrace. You want to install it with the car on level ground, wheels straight.

It's a no brainer.

blackgtbeauty
11-30-2006, 11:49 PM
now just clean up the bay, polish it up and your good to go.

OutbackGT
12-01-2006, 12:25 AM
I didn't really install it "properly", with the weight off the suspension, didn't have enough time. Hopefully I'll get around to that this weekend.

Uh, I hope you don't mean with the wheels off the ground, because that's not how you want to install a strutbrace. You want to install it with the car on level ground, wheels straight.

It's a no brainer.

I was informed on another forum by a reputable person that I want to tighten down the brace with the wheels off the ground to eliminate any sort of "pre-loading" of the bar with chassis flex.

Huffer
12-01-2006, 09:10 AM
pre-loading? It's a STRUT BRACE. Not a swaybar.

The only a strutbrace does is attempt to reinforce the chassis' resistance to flexion, which is ALWAYS "preloaded" anyway.

I've installed front and rear strutbraces on GC's, GF's, BD's, BE's and BG's. I've never had any problems with the installs on flat ground with the wheels still on. Multiple installs.

Do what you want, but I'm just trying to avoid you having to get an alignment done just because of a strutbrace install.

OutbackGT
12-01-2006, 11:07 PM
Alright, I'll leave it as it is I suppose. Just got an alignment done today. Car drives great. I'm gonna take it out on a local mountain road early tomorrow morning and really push it.

Huffer
12-02-2006, 01:04 AM
Hope you have good tires with that IPD swaybar, and a mountain road.

Plays_with_Toys
12-02-2006, 01:19 AM
what kind of an intake is that?

ten80
12-02-2006, 03:07 AM
Home depot intake FTW!

spyros
12-02-2006, 06:21 AM
If you are able put a strutbrace to the back also, because it will be more tight in the front. Of course you won't have any problem, but it will be better for the car.

OutbackGT
12-02-2006, 12:49 PM
If you are able put a strutbrace to the back also, because it will be more tight in the front. Of course you won't have any problem, but it will be better for the car.

Next step is a matching brace in the back.


what kind of an intake is that?

Peiced together from 4 inch piping from pepboys and capped with an AEM dry flow filter. :grin:

LunchBox04V
12-02-2006, 07:23 PM
+1 to the level ground idea. I have done two sttrut bar installs, one on a BC the other on a BK, worked great on the level ground, not jacked. I used the whiteline unit, simmilar to the CUSCO only it goes foward toward the intake, where the CUSCO is toward the firewall. Happy trails on the mountain, it has done wonders for mine!

blackgtbeauty
12-07-2006, 11:47 PM
Did you order this bar specifically for your make model or is it a cross-fitment of a GD or GC bar?

and if known, what about the rear? same thing?

OutbackGT
12-08-2006, 12:05 AM
The bar is listed for "BH5 Legacy Outback", though judging from the japanese instructions, it seemed to also fit the BG. They make a rear one too. Hopefully I'll get that in about a month.

Payback45
12-29-2006, 02:28 PM
Have you noticed a difference since you installed it?

OutbackGT
12-29-2006, 02:36 PM
Have you noticed a difference since you installed it?

Not really. Just a tiny bit less flex in the front and it seems to stay planted better in the curves. I think when I get the rear bar it'll make a bigger difference.