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Old 03-02-2004, 07:47 PM   #1
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Post Rear sway bar and front sway bar? Or coilovers

I have been doing allot of searches on replacing the rear sway bar on an 04 WRX. I believe I have found out that replacing the rear sway bar with somthing stiffer, possibly a 20 mm will clear out the understeer problems. I have noticed allot of people are also replacing the front sway bar. Why would you do this? And if you do, what size do you get to not bring the understeer factor back in. I also saw another post where someone said they preferred leaving the stock sway bars in and just doing coilovers to get the correct feel. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 03-02-2004, 08:47 PM   #2
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front sway reduces susepnsion deflection, and body roll making for less camber loss. but if you upgrade the front you will want to upgrade the rear to match. becuase even though the front does make a nice different, if it's mated to a rear 13mm bar your just furthering the problem our cars already have.

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Old 03-02-2004, 10:17 PM   #3
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It all depends on what you are looking to achieve with your car.
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Old 03-02-2004, 10:26 PM   #4
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a properly setup strut/spring/coilover setup will yield much better results then just front and rear sways.

Although, both together is good.
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Old 03-03-2004, 01:38 AM   #5
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If my objective was to reduce the body roll, and get rid of some or all of the understeer, what combo of front - rear sway should I use. Is it correct that having a larger sway in the rear than in the front is what reduces the understeer. Also, I hear having oversteer is dangerous for some. Is this just because it makes you feel you can take the corner faster compared to driving with understeer and you end up sliding the rear out, or is it due to loss of traction with having a stiffer sway set up?
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Old 03-03-2004, 03:58 PM   #6
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Ok, found some answers, now it just looks like I need to know what combo to go with. If replacing front and rear sway, would going with a 20mm in front, and a 20mm to 24mm adjustable in rear sound good to get rid of body roll? What would the difference be in setting them both at 20, to having stock sways at 17mm, any?
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FYI, swaybars will never get rid of body roll, especially with the WRX's high center of roll.

If you try to dial out body roll with swaybars, you only end up reducing your suspensions ability to articulate which means less independance.

I'd say a 20mm bar would balance things out well.
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Old 03-03-2004, 05:03 PM   #8
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Doesn't the stock WRX sedan already have a 20mm front and rear swaybar? Maybe you mean you want to upgrade to a 22mm front and the 20-24 rear adjustable.

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