sway bars?

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  1. ttocs

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    While I am knee deep into masking for paint I am considering the suspension upgrades I would like to finish up with when its done. I have new rear control arms and shockwave from ridetech and just wondering if while I have the stock sway bar out to swap the control arms if its worth my while to upgrade the sway bar? Is
     
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    anyone have a preference for brand or place to get one?
     
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    Depends on how you drive. For basic driving stock one is fine. For more aggressive the Steeda sway bar rocks! It was fun but for me not worth the money.
     
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    it will be on the street the majority of the time but I have always wanted to do an autocross
     
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    I really like the Eibach sway bars on my car.
     
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    I'm assuming you are only looking for the rears?

    I think for mostly street and only some auto-x, the stockers are good enough for a while. If you really want to upgrade them, I'd recommend something adjustable (unless you want to swap out fronts as well to match rears and car handling/balance). The only adjustables I've seen that I would consider are the Steeda one or MM one. I don't know anything about the Eibach ones.

    Main take away: if you aren't staying stock, get adjustable ones. I wouldn't replace the stock one with another, different non-adjustable bar (unless you are prepared to have several different bars with you at the track and are willing to swap them out). If all that sounds like a huge PITA, then I'd say you are at a stage where the stockers are sufficient for the time being.

    FWIW: I've thrown the car around quite a bit at road-race tracks and auto-x, and I have stock fronts and rears. There was some body roll (that I'm addressing with coilovers currently, not bars).
     
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    It really depends on the rest of your setup. Body roll is changed by three main things - spring rate, swaybar rate, & roll couple (distance between the CG and the RC). What springs are you running? What style rear end suspension? What style front end setup?
     
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    just picked these up this week. They are a dual adjustable set up.
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    I would like to go front and rear to keep it as balanced as I can.
     
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    I was surprised with an unexpected check today. A nice surprise indeed which has me pondering this again. I will be doing the front and the rear at the same time so is the adjustable type worth it?
     
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    Go with adjustable front and rear. Your swaybar is one of the best/easiest balance tuning tools you have
     
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    Exactly what I was looking for but I wish it would come from someone with some race experience ya know? :) Where is cobraracer when ya need him huh?:snoopfacepalm: There is probably a wealth of info that he could cut and paste from :)
     
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    Yeah I don't know too much about racin'
     
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    If I were you, I'd run the car first, see what the balance is, and then you can figure out what sway bars you need. I've had my car for the past 8 years, and tracked it since 2007. I got an adjustable sway bar in the back, and Eibach sway bar in the front only recently.