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"Has anyone climbed under a base model and confirmed if the sway bar is there?"

Poster # 2 has looked, see his photo. I have looked and made a photo of the rear sway bar
on my 2017 Premium 5 door. So you have two photos showing a rear sway bar.

Can you not look under your car rather than ask a dealer?

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Just looking at the Parts Catalog.. Still shows Standard Rear Subaru Subframe.. ???? have some more research to do apparently...
I have noticed that a lot of places list the new Impreza being able to take old Impreza parts. Then when you get further along in the ordering process you find that no, they don't fit.

As you know the new Impreza is the first car to use the new Subaru Global Platform that will (eventually) be used on the Forester, WRX and that new three row family hauler (forget the name right now).

Just not a crap ton of performance parts yet at all but I am sure that companies are working to get parts made for the global platform since Subie owners tend to be people who mod their cars quite a bit.

I think you are going to have a bunch of old parts to sell online dude. :)
 

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Ok.... Found it...its mounted opposite of what it used to be... mounted to the body facing backward whereas before it was mounted on the subframe... SEE PIC... I will try to get a measurement on its size ..Got this pic as screenshot of 2018 Crosstrek getting a lift installed...looks to be about a 16mm or so..Now I understand why you would need to remove the subframe to change it out...
 

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Every review I have read or video I have seen about the 2017 Impreza Sport, is that in that model, the handling is excellent as delivered. This is one super-improved car from the prior generation (all models). Thus, may I suggest that before one buys mod parts prior to owning one (a practice I am fully guilty of for my last three cars), as this is a brand new generation, this is one time I would hold off before buying any suspension or powertrain upgrades (even if readily available), until one has personally experience this car (on far more than a test drive).

Owners of the '17 Impreza will be impressed by many of the new gen's major improvements!
 

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I bought a Base model expecting the NEW Global platform made up for the lack of a rear stabilizer, nope. Speeds over 50 and turns etc... ugh soooo disappointed thinking I could easily add a rear stabilizer, nope. Dropping the subframe to install??? Has anyone with a base model added the Rear Stabilizer bar? What all does it entail, parts and such? Anyone else upgraded thier's?
 

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"Has anyone climbed under a base model and confirmed if the sway bar is there?"

Poster # 2 has looked, see his photo. I have looked and made a photo of the rear sway bar
on my 2017 Premium 5 door. So you have two photos showing a rear sway bar.

Can you not look under your car rather than ask a dealer?

Clifton
2018 Base 5Dr

No rear Sway Bar, See pics. Feeling cheated :/ Sans Sway Bar 01.jpg Sans Sway Bar 02.jpg Sans Sway Bar 03.jpg

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I bought a Base model expecting the NEW Global platform made up for the lack of a rear stabilizer, nope. Speeds over 50 and turns etc... ugh soooo disappointed thinking I could easily add a rear stabilizer, nope. Dropping the subframe to install??? Has anyone with a base model added the Rear Stabilizer bar? What all does it entail, parts and such? Anyone else upgraded thier's?
I plan on adding one to my base model once it arrives next month...
 

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From cars101.com (Great Resource BTW)


Active Torque Vectoring
Active Torque Vectoring, on Sport model only, detects front wheel spin when the vehicle is turning and helps control the inner front wheel speed (new on 17s)​

Suspension- Sport modelsSport tuned suspension
Front- independent Stablex struts with coil springs, lower L arms, stabilizer bar. Stablex front MacPherson struts and rear shock absorbers are larger in diameter and have revised internal valves designed to deliver a more stable ride and more responsive handling.front
Rear- independent, double wishbone, coil spring, rear stabilizer bar
 

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Just curious...says who that the sport is "turned a little tighter"?
The shocks are different than the other models, I've heard they are stiffer shocks but never seen exact numbers. They often refer to it having sport tuned suspension as an upgrade over the other models if you to a model comparison on Subaru's website. There may be other tweaks to it but I haven't seen any direct info. Different tires and wheels, larger front brakes, and liquid filled engine mounts seem to be the main difference along with the shocks.
 

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From the description on the Cars 101 - 2019 Impreza - Mechanical Specs page, it appears the suspension between the Premium & Limited and the Sport models are similar. Most likely the Sport models have stiffer Dampening and Rebound for a tighter, sportier handling all around. All around, the models appear to have upgraded shocks & struts over the base model though.

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I bet the lift kit from the Crosstrek might be able to work on the Impreza that KB makes

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Please share the experience. I plan to either 1-2" spacer lift with taller wheels or add stabilizer. I've gotten used to not having it. :/
Check out ReadyLift or LP Aventure!
Theyve got cool stuff for subies.
We've done several lifted Crosstreks, Minis, and what nots at work. Pretty fun.
 

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I've had a 5-door hatch (Base) since Dec'17. I was speaking with a CS person at Whiteline (30-May-21) regarding sway bars for the Impreza 2017+ models. It looks like they are planning on coming out with bars for the Global Platform sometime in the fall of this year/end of the year. They are going to and/or have already submitted prototypes for these models. They are also experiencing supply issues due to the current pandemic. The info that I got was that the WRX/STi models are still using the old design (narrower) and are not compatible with the Global platform specs (wider). Whiteline did prototyping with the subframes to ascertain the incompatibility. I have a Base model (wife's car) and want to stiffen it up badly. I'm multi-BMW 3-series owner so above average handling is a requirement, not an option. Frankly, I am tired of driving a car that does not inspire confidence and I know these cars can do better, with/without not having to choose the any of the other 4 versions. I spoke to Velocity Shop in FL (Hardrace vendor) and they said they are looking at June/July for shipment for these suspension parts. I wanted to replace the front sway/install a rear sway, add coilovers, and install rear toe arms at the same time. So far, I can only do wheels/tires. So I'm looking for ideas - and no, the base model does not have a sway bar.
 

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I've had a 5-door hatch (Base) since Dec'17. I was speaking with a CS person at Whiteline (30-May-21) regarding sway bars for the Impreza 2017+ models. It looks like they are planning on coming out with bars for the Global Platform sometime in the fall of this year/end of the year. They are going to and/or have already submitted prototypes for these models. They are also experiencing supply issues due to the current pandemic. The info that I got was that the WRX/STi models are still using the old design (narrower) and are not compatible with the Global platform specs (wider). Whiteline did prototyping with the subframes to ascertain the incompatibility. I have a Base model (wife's car) and want to stiffen it up badly. I'm multi-BMW 3-series owner so above average handling is a requirement, not an option. Frankly, I am tired of driving a car that does not inspire confidence and I know these cars can do better, with/without not having to choose the any of the other 4 versions. I spoke to Velocity Shop in FL (Hardrace vendor) and they said they are looking at June/July for shipment for these suspension parts. I wanted to replace the front sway/install a rear sway, add coilovers, and install rear toe arms at the same time. So far, I can only do wheels/tires. So I'm looking for ideas - and no, the base model does not have a sway bar.
I added a sway bar I bought from a parted out vehicle when I lifted my car (with new connector parts from dealer it was less than $100 total). I have the part list here: [Help Requested] Base Lift + Sway Bars

Estimate it would take 2 hours, loosen up the underbody and stick it under. Then tighten back up.
 
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I added a sway bar I bought from a parted out vehicle when I lifted my car (with new connector parts from dealer it was less than $100 total). I have the part list here: [Help Requested] Base Lift + Sway Bars

Estimate it would take 2 hours, loosen up the underbody and stick it under. Then tighten back up.
Yeah, looking to get some uprated parts (i.e., performance) but there is always OEM. Cheers..
 

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Yeah, looking to get some uprated parts (i.e., performance) but there is always OEM. Cheers..
I don't believe there's currently any bolt in solutions for stiffer aftermarket front/rear swaybars, but if you were looking to go custom, you could try doing a splined swaybar similar to those used on prerunners, trophy trucks, buggies, etc.

I'd love to see if it's possible by utilizing a set of Kings/Foxes/Bilstein coilovers by using something like a coilover to macphearson strut adapter or by being able to simply replace the top plate with one that fits ours.
 

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I don't believe there's currently any bolt in solutions for stiffer aftermarket front/rear swaybars, but if you were looking to go custom, you could try doing a splined swaybar similar to those used on prerunners, trophy trucks, buggies, etc.

I'd love to see if it's possible by utilizing a set of Kings/Foxes/Bilstein coilovers by using something like a coilover to macphearson strut adapter or by being able to simply replace the top plate with one that fits ours.
I did some research trying to find these parts. self-fabricated ones seem like it's over my expertise (testing, qa? need something more plug-n-play, tested, won't result in crazy subframe failure).

There are solutions, but products are not easily obtainable due to a few reasons:
1. Not a lot of manufacturers doing them for this platform in the first place (? whiteline, cusco, eibach, h&r, hotchkis, unbranded chinese products, and hardrace- who actually has created them, but with high unavailability);
2. the current shipping chaos that is gripping the planet. (i.e., stuck Suez boat + pandemic = current reality).

At this rate, adding a small diameter OEM part vs nothing at all is getting more attractive all the time. Either that - or just wait, god knows how long.

On another tangent, it seems that there is a huge opportunity to manufacture these parts since there are not many vendors producing them (2?), as of 2021. The Global platform, gen 5, is well over 3+ years old now.
 
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