Originally Posted by echristo0
I noticed that there are two attached brackets on the top of the suspension towers. Are they included with the strut tower bar? Are the nuts and bolts included when you purchased the bar?
Do you also notice the increased road noise?
Is your Crosstrek more stable at highway speeds and in crosswinds?
The bar comes with everything you'll need to install it. When installing it you remove the 3 top strut tower bolts on each side, slide the each bracket over the screws and bolt it back on. Easy as can be and can be done with hand tools.
The brace will increase body roll for turning purposes only. i don't really understand how he possibly has any
road noise at all considering it's not enough of an upgrade to effect the noise unless he didn't tighten any of the bolts all the way.
Originally Posted by Butch Coolidge
Is this the one that costs around $80.00? I asked at the dealership today, while getting an oil filter. The Subaru one was almost $400.00. No way I am paying that. I googled, and saw this brand. Anyone have any knowledge of any difference between the two? Are you seeing a difference in ride, and are you using different bolts to install? Thanks
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yes it the's same one. the dealership marks all their parts up because of the materials they use and the branding they attach to the part. most dealerships think if it says STi on the part it's now worth triple what it would if it didn't say STi. I've bought several of these style strut tower braces for all of my cars and I've never spent more than $100. The $80 part will work just as well as the $400 one from subaru.
You won't need any different bolts. all you do as i previously explained is unbolt the 3 bolts on top of the strut tower inside the engine bay, slide the strut brace into place (it might take some wiggling and finagling). once the brace is sitting flat on each strut tower put the bolts back on and tighten all the way down. boom done.