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Old 01-30-2001, 01:23 PM   #1
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Question Your opinion

I am thinking about buying a new sway bar, and I want to know what you all think of the different ones available. What have your experiences been with the different sway bars and which company did you have a good experience with or not with?
What diameters do you have?
Just want as much input as possible. I would go for a strut change instead, but in order to run stock in auto-x I can't change them to some nice high-zoot struts, so I am pretty set on the swaybar now.

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Old 01-30-2001, 01:40 PM   #2
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http://www.teaguesauto.com/

Bar none - the best shop I have ever dealt with for these kind of parts.

I run a 20mm sway bar, but if I had to do it all over again, I would get the adjustable unit from Whiteline. Its $180 plus shipping.

Good luck to you!

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Old 01-30-2001, 04:41 PM   #3
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I've got the FHI bar, 20mm, from JC Sports (insert insult here) and like it alot. You can get them from just about anyone, for under $100. I think even Larry sells them... And he's the best to buy from

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Old 01-30-2001, 04:52 PM   #4
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I have to agree that the Adjustable bar from Whiteline is the way to go. You can adjust it between 18mm 20mm and 22mm. I have mine set at 20mm but might bump it to 22mm for the next autodross

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Old 01-30-2001, 06:26 PM   #5
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I do like the idea of the adjustable, but, at the same time, if 18 or 20 mm is good for me, why not just order the less expensive single diameter one? I noticed that at Teagues, he offers a factory Subaru 18mm for only $118. Anyone have an opinion?

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Old 01-30-2001, 06:59 PM   #6
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Last time I checked the rule book you could replace the struts but not the springs.

I thought sway bars bumper you out of stock as well.

Anyone have a rulebook?

Not that it matters because I think I would be in SM class now.
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Old 01-30-2001, 07:04 PM   #7
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BTW I have and like the Whiteline adjustable bar. I went with the adjustable mostly in the event that I change the suspension or something that makes the car less neutral I can adjust the bar accordingly.

I got mine from Rallispec. They are a great bunch of guys.

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Old 01-30-2001, 07:17 PM   #8
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Actually, swaybars are allowed for stock, but you cant replace the struts with anything that isn't a stock replacement, in other words it has to be a factory replacement strut, no adjustable, or aftermarket kick-ass ones.
If I am going to replace the struts, I'm going to get some nice ones, but thats not for a little while.
I wonder if v5 struts are considered factory?

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Old 01-30-2001, 07:53 PM   #9
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When I started autocrossing, way back in 1999, the rule book said that you could replace the front, and NOT the rear sway bar and stay in stock class.

Its not like they check very hard. Nobody is going to get under your car and measure your sway bar with calipers or anything.

But, you have to ask yourself this... Is the game about becoming the best stock class driver, or is it about building a bad ass car?

I know the route I have followed has taken me far away from stock class, and I don't regret a single mod I made to my car.

YMMV

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Old 01-30-2001, 08:37 PM   #10
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When I started autocrossing, way back in 1999, the rule book said that you could replace the front, and NOT the rear sway bar and stay in stock class.
Dan is absolutely correct! Replacing the rear sway (anti-roll) bar kicks you straight out of stock. I run in FSP (Street Prepared) because I have the rear sway bar. (I haven't run an event yet with the intake, but it should be OK in SP.) He's also right that they probably won't notice if you don't tell them, but I'll nark on ya! (And I certainly don't need calipers to tell the difference.) You already almost beat me without the sway bar.

Curt ran one (ONE!) event with the stock sway bar and the Yokohama A520's (any street tires are legal in stock). His PAX score was a about 30 points higher then his other events, where he ran with the sway bar in FSP. He got third place by 1 PAX point. ( Made 4th place mad as hell. )

So, you've gotta' decide. Are you going for trophys (which, by the way were engraved coffee cups this year) or are you going for fun. If you're going for trophys, stay stock. Modified and prepared classes will kill the points. (Besides, if you start beating people, they might actually get out some calipers. )

RE: My input on the sway bar, Check this old thread: JC Sports 18 mm Rear Sway Bar Review

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Old 01-31-2001, 01:10 PM   #11
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I'm telling you, the 20mm is better....
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Old 01-31-2001, 01:56 PM   #12
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Wish I would have seen this earlier. If I had it to do over, I would go with the 20mm bar instead of the 18. Tires will make the most difference if that is what you are looking for. Just found some dry road (harder than you think) and tried out my new AVS Sports. All the hair that I had remaining was pulled out from the G-force. These are REALLY nice tires.

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Old 01-31-2001, 04:16 PM   #13
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I got the factory Subaru 18mm, he said it is the same thing that comes on the WRX, so that should be okay.
Hmmm... hadn't thought about that. Maybe we can both run G Stock this season. That'll sure make a difference in the points. However, I think we're both stuck in FSP since the WRX is not yet publically available in the states.

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Old 02-01-2001, 12:52 AM   #14
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Well, after getting some of your responses loaded into my database and extrapolating my own personal needs, (and after talking to the wife) I have ordered an 18mm swaybar from Teagues, thanks to Dan, and they were very nice, I would have gone for the adjustable, but it would have been 4-6 weeks out and I wanted it before the next auto-cross. So I got the factory Subaru 18mm, he said it is the same thing that comes on the WRX, so that should be okay.
Thanks for your input.

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