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Old 12-06-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default RalliTEK Sways: Worth it to upgrade from "Street" to "Track" on stock Springs&Struts?

So, I currently have RalliTEK's "Street" kit, 22mm F / 19mm R, solid sway bars, and while they did make a huge difference over stock, there's still a bit of body roll in, dare I say, 'violent' cornering, and the overall setup would not be acceptable for auto-x. Not that I auto-x, or plan to, but just to paint a picture...

I kind of want to stay on stock springs and struts, but I want a little bit more of a planted/communicative/immediate feeling. I know 18's and some PSS tires will do half of this, but I'm still curious if I should upgrade to the 25mm F / 22mm R sway bar kit?

Will it make a huge difference? I'd hate for the whole thing to be a wash...
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:58 PM   #2
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I have the 25mm / 22mm set up on my 08 sti(stock springs). I was thinking of going to a softer front bar. I auto x and still have understeer. I have to run about 4 psi less in the front to compensate for this. I am on all season tires though and still so very well against the competition that are on performance summer tires. So I know they help. I just want to see what a smaller bar up front will do. Oh and sometimes I get the skipping on really rough turns. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:09 PM   #3
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I have the 25mm / 22mm set up on my 08 sti(stock springs). I was thinking of going to a softer front bar. I auto x and still have understeer. I have to run about 4 psi less in the front to compensate for this. I am on all season tires though and still so very well against the competition that are on performance summer tires. So I know they help. I just want to see what a smaller bar up front will do. Oh and sometimes I get the skipping on really rough turns. Hope this helps.
hmmm.... would be interesting to see what would happen if I can swap out just the rear and run 22 / 22.... I doubt RalliTEK would sell me just the rear bar, straight up, but maybe I can pick up a Whiteline 22mm rear, that's assuming both companies have the same arm geometry->eccentricty->torsional stiffness.

EDIT: Okay, my plan is definitely exactly that. I'll pick up a Whiteline 22mm Adjustable Rear Sway Bar and try to sell my 19mm RalliTEK.

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:45 PM   #4
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Anyone else running equal sways?

How big of a concern is something like "snap-oversteer" on the highway if I'm running equal sized sway bars, 22mm f&r?

I don't auto-x or track my car, I don't think I'd mind a little oversteer around town, but my main desire is just less body roll than what my 22/19 setup allows, and for it to not be dangerous.

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:48 PM   #5
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Okay, serious question:

How big of a concern is something like "snap-oversteer" on the highway if I'm running equal sized sway bars, 22mm f&r?

anyone else running equal sways?

If you are driving seriously, snap-oversteer should NEVER be a problem on a highway.

On a track or at an autocross event, then it may be an issue. Usually excessive driver input will be the cause.

Although errant deer or wildlife may create a similar situation.
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