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Old 07-11-2008, 01:50 PM   #1
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Question GD transverse links a decent alternative to ALK on GC models?

Okay, I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion on this topic, and maybe it's for a good reason, i.e. it wouldn't work, or is just a dumb idea, but bear with me..

We know that GD ALK's will fit GC's. And we know that stock GD transverse links provide more caster than stock GC bits. We also know that the poly bushings in ALK's tend to increase the NVH a pretty substantial amount in the GC chassis. So, what I'm wondering is, why don't more people use stock or Group N GD transverse links? It seems like it would be a great alternative to an ALK.. my theory is that it would provide more caster over stock, and be a more comfortable ride compared to an ALK.

I also have a few more questions sort of on this topic..
-How much more caster do stock GD links provide over stock GC links?
-If an ALK increases the caster 0.5* over stock on both GC and GD models, and GD models have more caster stock to begin with, does that mean that a GD ALK installed on a GC would add more caster than a GC ALK installed on a GC.

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what is alk cel and nvh?
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ALK - Anti Lift Kit
CEL - usually Check Engine Light, but I didn't use it in my post..
NVH - Noise, Vibration, Harshness
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Well, given that most subaru parts haven't and don't ever seem to change (besides engine and drivetrain stuff) I would think that they parts are exactly the same. And all I can think of for the extra caster is caused more by the different frame i.e. different suspension connection points (I would think).
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Well, given that most subaru parts haven't and don't ever seem to change (besides engine and drivetrain stuff) I would think that they parts are exactly the same. And all I can think of for the extra caster is caused more by the different frame i.e. different suspension connection points (I would think).
But that's the thing.. they aren't exactly the same. Here's a little sketch to illustrate the differences.. Top is stock GC, bottom is GD & ALK..



I was thinking about the subframe, and was wondering if that had some type of effect on it. I know GD's need some type of spacers or something for the crash subframe. Not sure exactly how it all works though, as I've never installed an ALK on a GD..
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Interesting thought. Unfortunately I don't have much knowledge on this topic.
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I was thinking about the subframe, and was wondering if that had some type of effect on it. I know GD's need some type of spacers or something for the crash subframe. Not sure exactly how it all works though, as I've never installed an ALK on a GD..
Yea the subframe needs to be spaced so the larger transverse link can fit under it. It gets spaced about an inch or so which makes it hang down pretty low, but at least I bottom that out before I hit my headers . Why not just talk to someone over at www.globalperformanceparts.com or even Whiteline themselves. Personally, I don't see why your theory wouldn't be correct though. Try it?
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Want more caster? Take a look at Legacy SUS control arm bushings. The car's got a body lift on it from the factory. Even the subframe has a 1" spacer between it and the chassis. It never dawned on me until this morning as I was resealing a ladies valvecovers.....
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Want more caster? Take a look at Legacy SUS control arm bushings. The car's got a body lift on it from the factory. Even the subframe has a 1" spacer between it and the chassis. It never dawned on me until this morning as I was resealing a ladies valvecovers.....
I'll have to go take a look at the '99 SUS that's sitting in my driveway! Although, I wonder if they make Group N transverse links for the SUS..
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