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This is a discussion on WRX Wagon Aluminum control arm install within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the Tutorials & DIY category; ^ added it to the first post...

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    ^ added it to the first post
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    Hey Big Sky,

    Just wanted to first say thanks so much for this awesome info and taking the time to post it here for us newcomers to soak in!
    I am in need of replacing my wagon steel arms and have the option right now of getting regular sedan arms or some Spec-C's. Will I need anything else besides a sedan front sway bar and endlinks to make either work?
    I know you listed washers and what not for the GC arms, does this apply to these sedan arms as well?

    Thanks again!

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    no washers needed, they will fit just like the wagon ones (just longer in length)

    correct- sedan sway sway bar and sedan links

    you will see more neg camber (usually a good thing) w/ the increased front track, definitely want an alignment done post install
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    Awesome!! Thanks so much! :bow:

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    Thanks for a Great Post! It was great having the pics and torques specs all in one place. I am Starting this task today. I bent one of my steel ones. Hopefully its not too much of a bear.

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    So speaking of control arms this thread revival got me thinking. I have a 2010 wrx and I'd like to run the 2011 sti front control arms. However I cannot find anywhere the differences in geometry between the two. I know their different. I know one has a rear spherical bearing vs rubber bushing. I know they're aluminum vs steel, I know all the bushing dia are larger than the wrx.. but no one has any solid data on the EXACT geometry differences in the arms themselves. Wider? Longer? Ball joint cone differences? Bolt dia differences?

    Any takers? I just pissed away almost two hours of my day on the web looking everywhere and didn't find diddly squat but arguments about how alk's work (which I already know and reading some of that made my head hurt). So as asked, anyone know the difference in the GR wrx vs GR sti front control arm measurements?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blazer View Post
    OK, let me start off by saying that I am a total newb ... the impossible to remove left front bushing nut ... I was able to break the front bushing bolt loose with my foot on the breaker.
    Someone had way over torqued mine (front bushing bolt). It took an 18" breaker bar with an 18" extension, and all 180# of me laying on it to come off. There were 3 "gunshots" (think ball joint seperation) along the way.

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    Should have added a "thanks" in the previous post! I'm not doing a full FCA replace (most everything else in the suspension though), but it is great having the pics and torques specs all in one place. Also new enough that it is just good to read and gain info even from these "old" posts. Thanks for all your input BigSky, and sorry about waking the dead (links). "But I'm not dead!"

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    JDM LCA or USDM STI 04+ for GC 98RS?

    Big Sky,

    I have 98RS GC and want to get Aluminum LCA. What do you recommend to buy so I don't mess up my suspension geometry? JDM LCA or USDM STI 04+?

    Would this JDM GD STI work? or I must stick with GC JDM LCA?

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    For the rear, can I use 04+ USDM Sti lateral links?
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    I'd look for GC ones, they will be plug and play- the others are going to require different bushings and change your alignment

    no- the lateral links will be too long from the STi- long enough your axles could pop out same thing, get GC specific lateral links
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    Hi I've been reading through this thread and I gotta say thanks for all your advice/input so far! I had a question on one thing I was wondering you could shed some light on. I have an 06 WRX wagon and want the sedan aluminum control arms. Could I install them with a sedan front sway bar kit and endlinks? From what I'm seeing this would be okay, but my shop mentioned that I'd need sedan axles as well. Is this true?

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    you will need a sedan front sway bar and links if you go w/ sedan arms

    no- the axles aren't necessary, lots of folks have run them w/o any issues, it certainly wouldn't hurt anything, but not necessary
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    Great, looks like I'll be going forward with this upgrade then. Thanks!

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    Thanks a ton, BigSky. I just today swapped GD arms from an '02 sedan into my '05 wagon. Went well; even the ball joints. Toe was obviously horribly off due to the longer arms, but I managed to set it via eyeball so I can drive to the alignment shop.

    Crucial thread. Really appreciate it.

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    good deal, glad these old threads are still useful
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