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Old 05-21-2002, 05:57 PM   #1
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Hi all,

During Saturday's autoX or even earlier, I broke one of the rear sway bar bushing or the driver's side sway bar is disconnected from the end link...

I am just wondering how important is the rear sway bar when you already upgraded your suspension??...

I am asking because I didn't feel any difference in handling.. maybe it has been broken for a long time..

I found this out when I swap the race tires to street tires. I know I didn't pay attention to my car.. I will, in the future.

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version 5 strut with H&R spring
stock 16" R compound (44psi front/34psi rear)
my rear sway bar is a 19mm older Legacy turbo one (with bushing to connect to drop link; and also bushing to connect to sub-frame).

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Old 05-21-2002, 10:10 PM   #2
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Well, when I upgraded my wussy 13mm stock bar to my 20mm FHI bar it was a world of difference. Now i wish I had bought the Whiteline adjustable bar instead thoug, as you can effectively go to a much higher mm bar with it.
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Old 05-22-2002, 12:25 PM   #3
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If you never noticed it when it broke/lost its bolt, maybe you never put a bolt in their to begin with.

Even with an uprated suspention, the difference between no sway bar and a NINTEEN mm swaybar will be huge.

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Old 05-22-2002, 12:31 PM   #4
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put the bushing back in hole and also some washers to prevent it from getting out again...

difference?? just a little.. not hugh.. well.. maybe I am in-sensitive to car handling

can post some pics tonight...and you will know what 19mm bar looks like..
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I have a 20mm bar. It shouldn't be much different. Do you drive fast enought to make the front tires skid (understeer)? If you don't then I guess that you wouldn't notice a bigger bar (or one at all as the case may be).

My bad.

I just put a 20mm bar on a ~390 front, ~330 rear pound per inch suspention. It greatly effects the breakaway charecteristics of the car.

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Why??

Anyway, I guess I just need to drive my car harder to feel the difference..

thanks for the comment!

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I assumed to much. The sway bar on an uprated suspention would be hard to detect in everyday driving. It won't make a huge difference. I thought that you were experiancing the lack of appreciable difference during an Auto-X, with the occasional sliding, that is when the bar makes a huge difference in how the car behaves.

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