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OK soooooo I read about this on several forums with very few remedies if any! Purchased the Kartboy front and rear sway bar end-link combo kit recently. Just noticed today that with the steering turned wheel (completely/fully turned) to the left or to the right there is noise contact with the tie rods (metal on metal) and the end links. There is also a consequential grinding noise! My car is stock suspension other than the bar…has NOT been lowered or altered in any way than the bar. My sway bar is Rallitek (Non-Turbo). The top of the endlink/swaybar connection point is rubbing the bottom of the tie rod. This is happening on both sides. Anybody have this problem? What was done to fix it?

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Out of curiosity, did you notice if the front and rear endlinks were the same length?

I'll get under my car sometime this evening to measure the fronts. As a heads-up, the answer to the question is that the fronts should be shorter than the rears.

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@ mwm5094, cant tell if its the right part for sure, however the sticker (provided below) says that its the right part, but who knows what goes it the packaging, ya know. Contacted Kartboy and the say that they think it may be the wrong bar, because to him (Tom) it does not look wide enough!

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Assuming you have the correct bar and it was installed properly, the end should not come up under the tie rod like that. It looks like the bar itself was made/designed incorrectly as it does not come far enough pas the tie rod to make the endlink mount up vertically. Id get rid of the bar and pick up the Tribecca front bar instead which will fit your car.
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Brought car back to the auto mechanic/shop that originally installed the sway bar’s. 1.5 hours of inspection and adjustments (with me in under the car assisting them)…and…still nothing. The mechanic is also leaning towards what #jamal and Kartboy have eluded to which is the bar might be the wrong bar. Rallitek still says it’s the correct bar. The bar actually looks about ¾ of an inch short. You really see this on the passenger side end link/sway bar connection point. The end link is reaching or leaning to the right in order to mate with the bar. Here are some more pics while on the lift and off!

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Also, the mechanic reported to me that the front wheel base (think he meant the width from one wheel to the other) is different from an Impreza, to an Outback, to a Legacy 2.5i. He could not understand why Rallitek would attempt to fit a universal bar for these 3 NA vehicles if the suspension components are different. Rallitek says that the components and width are the same!!!! I don’t know!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

With that said...Whitetiger i think you have the right idea thanks for the help btw. first i gotta wait to see what Rallitek will do in terms of feedback/fix/return/swap/refund.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Yup, I vote wrong bar as well.

 

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As soon as I get a chance I'm going do a full uninstall, and re-install as opposed adjustments! I also have made some "Kartboy like" endlink spacers as well. If that does not work, I'm hoping that Ken or Sin at Rallitek will swap the bar out for a different one!
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My nod goes towards wrong bar as well, or a mis-manufactured bar.
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So, I resolved my issue…(Not Exactly). I tried to remedy this issue several times with no success. My solution was to opt for a different product. Rallitek supported me the entire way through my troubleshoot and even gave me a RRN number for my return. GREAT SERVICE from Rallitek.

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I went from: FSB - Rallitek 22mm to B9 Tribeca 25mm. RSB - Rallitek 19mm to Cusco 21mm. Front Links - Kartboy to Rallitek HD. Rear Links - Kartboy, no changes! Painted the FSB, but I beat the Tribeca bar up pretty good upon install, plenty of paint chips/ scrapes. Here are some pics!

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