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Old 07-01-2003, 11:52 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Hotchkis F & R sway bars

Just installed my f & r sway bars. Front bar is 21mm & the rear is 3-way adjustable 20/22/24mm. I set mine at 22mm. I purchased the kit which came with everything(f & R end links,brackets,mounts,bushings & grease). The directions are great all step by step B & W pictures. Installation for the rear is simple(about an hour). The front is easy but time consuming(about 2 hours). Quality and workmanship is A1. The rear end links and bushings have grease fittings and are high polished aluminum. The bars are powder coated red. The front end links are adjustable in hight. Now I already had installed the Prodrive sport springs and STI replica strut bars. This was the perfect balance I needed to complete my suspension mods. I should of installed these sooner. There is a huge improvement in cornering. By the way I'm still running stock tires so those of you that already have improved in that area you will be even more amazed. I can't say enough about them. Except for my Prodrive stage 2 kit this is the most noticeable mod. The bars give you a VERY stable and predictable feeling coming in and out of a corner. Two thumbs up for Hotchkis and thanks to Mike @Subaruxtras.com for the recomendation.
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Old 07-03-2003, 06:21 PM   #2
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The rear end links and bushings have grease fittings...
now THAT'S a good idea!!

too bad i've got a cusco w/kartboys!

oh well.. we make do!

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Old 07-03-2003, 11:57 PM   #3
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They are "1 bars meaning 25mm(25.4mm to be exact). Rear is 23/25/27. I'm waiting on them to seperate the endlinks.
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Old 07-17-2003, 03:01 AM   #4
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It is a larger diameter bar but it is hollow. So they should be equivalent in stiffness to a solid bar of lesser diameter.
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Old 07-17-2003, 10:05 AM   #5
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Arrow Hotchkis sway bars

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It is a larger diameter bar but it is hollow. So they should be equivalent in stiffness to a solid bar of lesser diameter.






The bars are hollow. As far as stiffness; handling is greatly improved.
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Old 08-23-2003, 03:45 AM   #6
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It is a larger diameter bar but it is hollow. So they should be equivalent in stiffness to a solid bar of lesser diameter.
Believe it or not, being hollow doesn't take away strength. Look at strut tower bars, lower arm bars, roll cages, bicycle frames, etc. However, increasing the diameter increases strength, these should be much stronger than most sway bars out there. Significantly bigger than my old cusco bars, about 2x bigger than stock. I did a short review on these also in this thread

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Old 08-27-2003, 11:01 PM   #7
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sounds good..

any pics?

i like the cusco blue...but the hotchikis red seems to be pretty sweet too..
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Old 08-31-2003, 01:22 AM   #8
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No powder coat peeling yet(18k mi.!) even after hard winters. If they would just seperate the endlinks! They are "stiff" or soft/normal. Great adjustibility/user preferences.
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Old 10-28-2003, 07:37 PM   #9
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Default grease zerks

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The rear end links and bushings have grease fittings
Great minds think alike! I got a set of Hotchkis bars when they first became available and they didn't come with grease zerks. AutoZone had Energy Suspension bushings with zerks built in.

So you're saying that the bushings for Hotchkis rear bars come with grease zerks now? That's good.
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Old 11-02-2003, 01:22 AM   #10
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No , the endlinks themselves have an upper and lower grease fitting. Not the sway bar itself. I just got my Hotchkis endlinks. No I can ditch the modified MRT endlinks to ensure proper fitment.
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Old 11-04-2003, 10:15 AM   #11
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I installed these bars and links as well, everything is very nice. Do you know how the car will react with the front end links adjusted in hight? I think I have mine out 6 threads but didnt mess with it.

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Old 11-08-2003, 07:53 PM   #12
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Everyone w/ these bars and stock rear sway mounting brackets(not endlinks but the brackets) keep an eye on them. I went to change over to Hotchkis's rear endlinks and discovered I had broken a rear mount completely. These bars put a lot more load on the mounts. Meaning more aggressive driving is encountered. 04 mounts are beefier than 02/early03's. I ordered Hotchkis Tuning's mounts. I have no rear bar on right now.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:04 PM   #13
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The bars are great as long as they don't break. Ask me how I know! Front one broke...the bar not the mount.
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ive broken two front bars so far... goin back to stock on front. more fun when it slides anyways...
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