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Vew 06-18-2010 07:05 PM

Snapped Lateral Link
Hit a sharp turn about 50mph, heard a huge thud and my rear end went light. Everything seemed fine until I made some other tight turns and felt like my rear end was trying to fishtail. Heard some nasty noises over speed bumps. Wheel almost freaking fell off on my way home!

Turned out I snapped my rear lateral link and bent my rear sway bar. Looks like it's not such a rare problem.

[url=]Broken Rear Lateral Link - ClubWRX Forum - Subaru Impreza WRX and STi Community and Forums[/url]

Here are some photos




Probably gonna end up getting the Whiteline Rear Lateral Link Kit.. Man what a day.

wagonracer 06-18-2010 07:32 PM

Wow, that looks dangerous. Glad you kept it rubber side down. What's the Whiteline kit going to set you back ?

Vew 06-18-2010 09:26 PM

$408 for the complete set. Not to mention I still need to replace the sway bar.

wagonracer 06-18-2010 09:44 PM

Ouch ! I know you're not a fan of E-bay parts, but I'd probably check some of those link sets out. You can always inspect the pillow balls and overall construction, and send them back if they look cheesy. Are you going with the same sway bar and links, or will you take the opportunity to try something new ?

The link job will likely involve a lot of PB blaster, a 6' cheater bar, air wrenches and some cursing. The long bolt that goes through both links and the hub can be a real pain. Have fun !Thumbs Up

turmic 06-18-2010 10:30 PM

Ouch, that does suck. I need to read the link later. But, does it happen mostly on subies with suspension work and/or stock set-ups?

fuapiti 06-19-2010 12:11 AM

Nasty stuff!

Do you drive your car on snow-covered-salt-treated roads?

I've seen broken endlinks before, never a lateral link. Good you're safe. Be sure to write a "How-to" if you decide to DIY it, the parts swap I mean...

Vew 06-19-2010 10:17 AM

Ya, it seems to affect people with upgraded sway bars and/or endlinks. Defiantly going to do it myself. I'm just unsure how this "adjustable" crap is supposed to be done.

If you haven't noticed the rust and never lived here before, one might think salt is an export of ours along with coal ;) Damn you WVDOT. They pour that crap like it's pancake syrup.

newtothegame 06-19-2010 11:22 AM

I want to know more about this Jon as Im getting ready to upgrade alot on my car, to include the sways. And thats one of the few things I dont miss about the East Coast.

fuapiti 06-19-2010 12:24 PM

I remember an STi that a friend of mine was setting up for circuit racing, he used Perrin lateral links, the downside to those at least was that you had to adjust them (one side, believe was the passenger side) when unbolted from the car, there was sometind that wouldn't let the wrench in for adjustment...

Vew 06-19-2010 07:30 PM

Found out replacement set from factory is $370. That's with my friend's employee discount. Whiteline it is.

ArthurDent 08-24-2010 11:57 AM

Those of you in the Rust Belt may be interested in these:
[URL=""]MSI Lateral Links[/URL]
Powdercoated, and since most of us don't need adjustable, no threaded rods to corrode.

I'm dying for them to come out in wagon length.

Vew 08-25-2010 08:27 AM

I already started my documentation on when I changed mine out (nightmare btw). It's not complete, but I gotta finish this Eibach one before I move back onto the Whiteline one.

jwtarbaj 08-27-2010 10:52 PM

[quote=Vew;246624]Found out replacement set from factory is $370. That's with my friend's employee discount. Whiteline it is.[/quote]

Nice break there Vew! I have the Whitelines as I had both rear links bent. They also add another adjustment for your alignment, a plus IMO and nice firm Whiteline Poly bushings.

Edit: Almost forgot, you should also get the Whiteline Toe Lock kit with these [url][/url]

Vew 09-02-2010 03:28 PM

Augh, kinda wish I saw that before I installed them. Oh well, they should hold until after winter. I didn't realize how much vibrations you'd feel with this kit. It's pretty crazy. I like it though.

jwtarbaj 09-06-2010 11:38 PM

Yeah I rolled with mine bent a few extra days waiting for a reply from Whiteline on if I should be using them. Since the adjustment is now in the bar itself, the adjustable bolts are to be replaced with these. I don't think it is a huge deal but Whiteline called the factory adjuster bolts "unreliable".

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