9.) Getting everything tightened up:
Lower strut bolts – front (19mm) – 129 ft-lbs
Lower strut bolts – rear (19mm) – 145 ft-lbs
Front brake line (12mm) – 23.6 ft-lb
Front ABS line (12mm) – 24.3 ft-lb
Strut top nuts (12mm) – 14.5 ft-lb
* this isn’t much; don’t overdo it, they can and will snap.*
Strut top center nut (17mm) – 41 ft-lb
The strut top center nuts you can torque when the car is back on the ground. Since your torque wrench doesn’t likely have a pass-through for the Allen wrench, you can use the weight of the car to keep the struts from spinning. In my experience, 41 ft-lbs is pretty close to just cranking it as tight as I can get it by hand with the Allen wrench and pass-through socket.
Note that in the rear; if you put the metal dust covers on before you drop the car, you can’t get to the center nut to torque it. You could just put the 12mm nuts on a few threads, then drop the car, but that could run a slight risk of messing up the threads depending how things line up.
02-07 Subaru WRX/STi Springs: