Originally Posted by rsutton1223
Just about every car has sway bars. They are what connect each side of the cars suspension and keeps the corners working together. The stock bars on the WRX might as well be noodles. They do nothing.
When you put new sways on our cars, it completely transforms how the car rides. You keep your bump compliance but as soon as you push the car into a corner...the grip and turn in is sooooo much better. I actually wouldn't recommend doing suspension without having already done the sways from a performance point of view. You wouldn't be utilizing the full potential of the new suspension because each side would not be working in conjunction with one another like they are really supposed to.
If all you are worried about is stance and look...suspension only is fine. If you want the car to handle like it really should...sways and end links first...suspension second...
I have a lot of friends that professionally race cars and they will tell you the same thing...especially on the WRX where we are barely even give sway bars. Our body roll (which decreases grip and turn in) is terrible in stock form. Even with upgraded suspension, you are just keeping the car from compressing as much with the increased spring rate...you aren't making the chassis work like it should.
Just my .02.
Hey Robb thanks for the explanation, it make much more sense!
So how are you liking your setup? Since I'm not too worried about corner handling as much as basic ride quality at the moment I'd be interested in knowing more about the simple spring/shock setup you have. I would think it's a better ride then on coilovers as I can't see a stiff bumpy ride with a little one in the back seat.
I know in handling terms I'm doing it backwards but in all honestly I haven't had the reason to drive hard enough to worry about handling and body roll yet so my immediate goal would be to get to and from work without my fillings falling out or kidneys bruised, lol