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Old 10-17-2008, 12:53 PM   #1
paraklas
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Thumbs Up Hotchkis Sport Sway Bars arrived and Installed! WOW!!!

After snapping the ARB brackets twice I decided to go a step ahead and get a complete ARB set (Front + Rear). Also, the addition of the S/C made me drive more spirited than usual hense the requirement for better road stability, and reduced body roll. After a lot of research, I ended getting the Hotchkis Sport Sway Bar Kit, with rear endlinks and adjustable stiffness. Initial impression is WOW. Very well packed from factory, power coated bars, grease, manual, parts list to make sure you don't miss anything, adapter plates etc.

From the manufacturer:
Quote:
H Sport has significantly increased the handling performance of the E46 with the addition of our Tubular Sway Bar Set. Bar diameters are 30mm front and 25mm rear. Both are adjustable for fine tuning with the front being 3 position and the rear 2 position. H Sport utilizes special adaptor plates for the rear bushing brackets which allow the use of a standard bushing brackets instead of having to struggle with the oe 'tabbed' brackets. This benefit allows for a zerk fitting and additional strength over the rear subframe. Perfect for street or track days, the set comes complete with front and rear black powdercoated bars,rear end links, polyurethane bushings, bushing brackets and zerk fittings for easy occasional lube.
Specs:
Front 30.2mm (1 3/16") Hollow
3 Way Adjustable
Stiffness over stock 04 330ci Sport
+31%,+51%,+77%
Rear 25.4mm (1") Hollow
2 way Adjustable
Stiffness over stock 04 330ci Sport
+138%,+171%

Bar Rates lbs/in (Not Wheel Rate)
Front:
470 lbs/in.
540 lbs/in.
630 lbs/in.

Rear:
475 lbs/in.
540 lbs/in.
I kept this picture to make a comparison of what is advertised and what is actually delivered. No difference at all!


And here is what the UPS delivered: :wink:







Very good packing!! Nothing moved!


mmmm Thick bars!






Manual and parts list




Front bar, 3-way adjustable




Don't like stickers but where this is going, nobody will see it.


Rear Bar - 2 Way adjustable








I was planning to do the install over the weekend but I managed to squeeze 3 hours of "lunch break" to do the install today
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