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Old 08-13-2008, 06:23 PM   #41
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Even if H&R bars ar the same they work great.

Turner = H&R both sweet sets, choose your color!
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:22 PM   #42
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couple of questions from a newb:

1. what about the bars that are up on ebay; there's an interesting "cantilevered-beam" looking thing up there periodically (looks like an old railroad bridge-like thing) stamped with (probably counterfeit) ac schnitzer. looks neat, but wondering if it's worth anything performancewise. it IS pretty cheap, though...

2. i've got a wagon; does putting on a rear bar require hacking into the interior and attaching to the tops of the suspension/shock towers, or does the rear bar attach underneath the car?

i know these are dum-dum questions, and apologize for asking. i've not had the chance to look further into this, and in any event when i went to read my manual yesterday (just bought this thing CPO from the hermosa beach dealer) i found that they've graciously supplied me with a set of manuals... for the sedans. there is no useful information about anything from the rear seats back in these manuals, and i'm very disappointed in the dealer for this.

otherwise, i'm loving this car. gas tank could be a few gallons larger, though.
It sounds like you are talkng about the "Strut bars" and not "Sway bars"(aka anti-roll bars). Different things.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:32 PM   #43
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The SwayBarbarian uses a multi-hole system on the front and rear bars which allows for fine tuning of the bar for whatever desired effect, without sacrificing body roll. Plus you have your choice of spherical bearing or urethane end links.
The Hotchkis bars are also multi-hole front and rear for adjustment.

The UUC bars only recently offer urethane endlinks. Hotchkis bars have been using the zerk fitted endlinks for years before UUC decided to upgrade to them.
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:06 PM   #44
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I don't think anyone is aware of it yet, not even Gabe. But we've just recently picked up the Hotchkis product line, so we are now carrying their sway bars as well. They should be coming up on our site very soon. You can pm/email Gabe or one of us for pricing and information if needed.
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:31 PM   #45
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Are ZHP sways an upgrade worth considering?
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:02 PM   #46
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Are ZHP sways an upgrade worth considering?
That depends on what you have on your '99 328i now. If you have the basic suspension, yes it would be an upgrade - although the sport package bars for your year would actually be a better upgrade. If you have the sport suspension, it would actually be a downgrade.

The earlier ZSP bars were 24/19.
The later ZSP and ZHP bars are 23.5/18.

Either way, my H&R are 27/21 and adjustable. If you're going to spend money, might as well go aftermarket.

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Old 08-18-2008, 02:30 PM   #47
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That depends on what you have on your '99 328i now. If you have the basic suspension, yes it would be an upgrade - although the sport package bars for your year would actually be a better upgrade. If you have the sport suspension, it would actually be a downgrade.

The earlier ZSP bars were 24/19.
The later ZSP and ZHP bars are 23.5/18.

Either way, my H&R are 27/21 and adjustable. If you're going to spend money, might as well go aftermarket.
do you mean if I'll install H&R on my '02 330ci Clubsport it would be downgrade?
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:58 AM   #48
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What's everyones opinion on racing dynamics sway bars?

No ones mentioned em'
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Old 09-07-2008, 12:37 PM   #49
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They are a great choice. They are thicker than most bars. Thicker bars=less roll. Let me know if I can help you get a set for your car.
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:53 AM   #50
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I got a set of M3 anti roll bars and I want if you guys can help me with a picture from the underside of the rear axle to see how are the mountings of the anti roll bar on the rear subframe
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I'll mention the Eibach sways as an alternative.
Ive got them together with an Eibach pro system on my car.
Very Happy with 'em
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I absolutely love mine - one of my top 3 mods! They offer incredible performance for a great value. Go H&R and you won't be sorry! The no greasing no squeaking is also very nice
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I have an '04 330 CIC with premium, sport, winter pkgs -- would the Hotchkiss sways be of any benefit for better handling?
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I have an '04 330 CIC with premium, sport, winter pkgs -- would the Hotchkiss sways be of any benefit for better handling?
Aftermarket sways will definitely improve your handling.
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So the Hotchkiss are much better than even the oem sport sways?
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So the Hotchkiss are much better than even the oem sport sways?
Sport sways don't even compare. Hotchkis, H&R and UUCs are much thicker than OEM sport.
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:51 AM   #57
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What about bars for those of us with XI? I heard that I only can get a rear sway bar...
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