02/03 WRX sway mount upgrade
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This is a discussion on 02/03 WRX sway mount upgrade within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the Tutorials & DIY category; Thanks to neverendingmods for "discovering" this tidbit! The 04 WRX made a significant improvement in the sway bar mounts (what ...

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    02/03 WRX sway mount upgrade

    Thanks to neverendingmods for "discovering" this tidbit! The 04 WRX made a significant improvement in the sway bar mounts (what mounts your sway bar to the chassis). This is a good mod for anyone running bigger sway bars or even oe, as it's much beefier. You can get the entire upgrade for ~ $30- this includes two mounts, two U brackets and two bolts.

    Here's some pics of the "old" vs the new mounts:
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    Here's the other side, you can see how better reinforced the mounts are:
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    A view from the top, you can see they have redesigned the way the U bracket is attached as well, two bolts vs the old style that had a tab that slid in on one side:
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    Even the U brackets are more reinforced!
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    Install is very simple. First get your car up on some ramps, block the front tires:
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    First undo the sway bar to the sway links, 14mm:
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    Next remove the U brackets on each side, 12mm bolt- it will be reused, once each side is off the mounts are attached to the chassis w/ two 12mm bolts on each side they will be reused as well:
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    The right side is a little more difficult to access. Here are a couple of tips. There is a 10mm nut (arrow) that can be removed, this plastic piece can then be pushed out of the way:
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    I also unbolted the rear of the charcoal canister to make more room, two 12mm nuts:
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    The last tip is to get a set of "happy" wrenchs, these are a great investment, fine tooth ratcheting combination wrench. This will help get into the tight spots. You don't need a whole set- 10mm, 12mm, 14mm and 17mm will do 99% of the work you'll do on your Suby:
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    With both mounts removed you can install the new ones- they are marked left/right and have an arrow pointing to the front of the vehicle. Torque these to 18.5 ft lbs. You can then put the new U brackets back in (w/ the sway bushings captured), these also have an arrow pointing to the front of the vehicle- they are the same left or right. Torque these also to 18.5 ft lbs. All that's left is to reattach the sway bar to sway links and torque to 33 ft lbs.

    Happy driving!

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    Good writeup.

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    How about a part number please? I stripped my 02 mounts , bummer...

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    Big Sky, how do these end links compare to aftermarket parts? I've got an 04 and I'm going to start working on handling first, when I get a new rear sway do I need to invest in new end links?

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    what size rear bar/bushings did you squeeze into those OE clamps?

    curious as the 04 wrx = 17mm
    thus the rear clamps (bushing clamps) are 'set up' for 17mm bushings...

    wondering if 19/20mm bushings will squeeze in there without cutting/hacking at them.

    cheers
    Jamie

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