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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:48 am 
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Vehicle: MY05 STi swapped sled

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1 - If your gonna torque it, then do it to 70-80nm. Otherwise just do it up "FT" (farkin tight). You can actually get a torque wrench on there. OEM links you cant because the nut needs a spenner not a socket to allow the hex key to pass through.

2 - You can use loctite if you want. But its not nessisary. The cone lock nuts really lock on good. (You will feel just how tight they are screwing the nuts down)

3 - Yes, I see no harm in doing that. I spray them with CRC/INOX before shipping and i also have occaisionally sprayed mine before while on the vehicle.

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:30 pm 
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I Say: Corners > Straights
Vehicle: 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z

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Location: Wauchope, NSW
Sweet. Thanks for that ;]

The FT unit of measurement is well known here :D

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:50 pm 
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I Say: Corners > Straights
Vehicle: 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z

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Location: Wauchope, NSW
So it rolled around to 7:45pm on Saturday night, the daughter had finally given up and actually gone to sleep. The wife had decided that she didn't feel well and had also gone to bed. So, what's a bloke to do?

D'uh - SWAYBAR INSTALL!!

Out with the old (16mm stock RSB) and in with the new (22mm Whiteline RSB kit complete with bushes, braces back to the lower control arms, and the awesome endlinks by Bram)

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Old swaybar bush says diameter 15.

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Old swaybar measures 16mm.

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New swaybar measures 23mm all up (guessing approx 0.5mm thick powder coating).

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New endlinks are CONSIDERABLY more solid than the stock items. They come compacted in to smallest dimension, but have been extended to be the same length as the original links.

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The only bit that slowed me down, and required lifting the rear of the car up onto chassis stands, was undoing the inboard control arm bolts. Silly tight and had to lift the car purely to get more angle on the breaker bar - wasn't going the option of busting out the rattle gun in suburbia at 9pm, I currently like all my neighbours :lol:

All fitted up and its solid. Very solid ;]

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So, the important bit - the result and thoughts.

First corner: uphill left hand turn out of one street into another to leave our estate.
Before: back to second, turn wheel, wait for boat to start to migrate round corner, midcorner start to dial it straight and then you'll be roughly where you want to be when you exit.
After: back to second, turn wheel where I normally do and nearly drive into the apex of the corner, back off the steering and away we go. Ummm.. what the??

Pointed it west and drove between Wauchope and Huntingdon on a nice short set of twists.

Now starting to get used to the new feel.
  • 90 odd percent of the body roll is gone. There's still a bit there on longer sweepers, but its definitely at an acceptable level. I think if I'd gone for a stiffer bar it would not feel as comfortable for a daily driver.
  • As soon as I start to turn the wheel, the car starts to move in that direction.
  • There is no more vagueness in the middle of the steering now. Its very active and happening now. Much better.

Money well spent? Absolutely. It drives like a completely different car now ;]

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:29 pm 
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Vehicle: MY08 XT (SH)

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Nice work.

Those Bram-spec endlinks look fuqn tough!

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:30 pm 
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I Say: Corners > Straights
Vehicle: 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z

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Location: Wauchope, NSW
Yowie wrote:
Nice work.

Those Bram-spec endlinks look fuqn tough!


Cheers.

I don't think you could fit anything more solid/larger in the amount of space that is available between the control arm and swaybar and still retain the ability for things to pivot.

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:03 pm 
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I Say: Car mods are like OddBodz, you got to collect them all! -------------------------------------
Vehicle: MY05 STi swapped sled

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Location: Spearwood Perth WA
Yes. That is correct. I tried 10mm joints (which is what OEM and some other brands swaybar links are based off. And thought that looks weak. So went up to the biggest joints i could fit.

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:13 pm 
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Vehicle: MY01 S/tb - MY01 STi II Type M

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Excellent. We will have to take it for a good test run up to gingers when I get the S/tb back on the road :D

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:18 pm 
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I Say: Corners > Straights
Vehicle: 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z

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Location: Wauchope, NSW
Bram wrote:
Yes. That is correct. I tried 10mm joints (which is what OEM and some other brands swaybar links are based off. And thought that looks weak. So went up to the biggest joints i could fit.


I like your logic! ;]

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 Post subject: Re: Hardy 2010 XT Premium 5MT C6Z
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:18 pm 
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I Say: Corners > Straights
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Chips wrote:
Excellent. We will have to take it for a good test run up to gingers when I get the S/tb back on the road :D


It definitely needs to go for a run up the hill ;]

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