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Old 08-11-2008, 08:00 PM   #1
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Which Sway Bars to Get>

I was wondering what set of after market sways that you guys would recommend. Thanks in advance
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:06 PM   #2
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i would say the turner motor sport sways. thats the ones i have, i got the whole suspension from them, im happy.
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:17 PM   #3
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:20 PM   #4
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:24 PM   #5
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I went with the H-Sport (Hotchkiss). Hollow (lighter), excellent fit and finish. Competitively priced.
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Old 08-11-2008, 08:31 PM   #6
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I have the UUC bars and I am happy with them, haven't had the clunking people have talked about with the rear bar. Makes the car more neutral and a bit flatter cornering.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:01 PM   #7
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:20 PM   #8
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I went with the H-Sport (Hotchkiss). Hollow (lighter), excellent fit and finish. Competitively priced.
I just installed my Hotchkis H-Sports this weekend. I went on a spirited drive with my club later and I get a "humming" sound in right hand sweepers coming from the left front. Any ideas? I checked/tightened everything down ok but still get the "humming" sound from left front.
Otherwise, great upgrade. Felt solid in the turns, hardly any push anymore.
Cut way down on body roll too.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:22 PM   #9
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:57 PM   #10
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:05 PM   #11
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Turner and H & R are about the same. Turners bushings are lined with teflon so they will never squeak or need grease. I went with the H-sport and am very happy with them. I imagine that the performance is similar to the others but rear adjustment links and frame reinforcements are included so they end up being quite a bit less expensive. They exceeded my expectations.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:05 PM   #12
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I just installed my Hotchkis H-Sports this weekend. I went on a spirited drive with my club later and I get a "humming" sound in right hand sweepers coming from the left front. Any ideas? I checked/tightened everything down ok but still get the "humming" sound from left front.
Otherwise, great upgrade. Felt solid in the turns, hardly any push anymore.
Cut way down on body roll too.
Did you get the spacers that go between the body and the sway bar bracket?
These are used to clear the power steering hose on the left side of the car.
There are 2 of them in the kit. If you don't you will have a problem.
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:20 PM   #13
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Did you get the spacers that go between the body and the sway bar bracket?
These are used to clear the power steering hose on the left side of the car.
There are 2 of them in the kit. If you don't you will have a problem.
Yep, installed the spacers but I'll crawl under and check the clearance cuz I did notice it was real tight next to the PS hose.
Also, When I adjusted the rear end links and put the rear in full droop then adjusted the rear endlinks down so the bar did not touch the rear half shafts, i had to adjust the endlinks to within 3 turns off them unscrewing. does that seem normal? I had to really lengthen the rear end links to keep it from touching the half shafts. Seemed a bit extreme to me. I'm a little concerned that 3 turns from the end of the screw threads is not safe..
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Old 08-11-2008, 10:34 PM   #14
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wednesday i think... are you gunna stop by and give us a hand?
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:03 AM   #15
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The H&R swaybars also have the teflon lined bushings. I haven't done anything to mine and they are quiet.

Anyway, I'd recommend the H&R. Excellent quality, fit perfectly, no noise, and aren't too expensive.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:36 AM   #16
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H&R...i think thats what ill be getting when i focus on suspension and handling...they seem to be reasonably priced. let us know which route you take
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:40 AM   #17
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Old 08-12-2008, 02:23 AM   #18
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wednesday i think... are you gunna stop by and give us a hand?
I wish I could. I just flew up to Sac for the week. Sorry.
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:46 AM   #19
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Turner and H & R are about the same. Turners bushings are lined with teflon so they will never squeak or need grease. I went with the H-sport and am very happy with them. I imagine that the performance is similar to the others but rear adjustment links and frame reinforcements are included so they end up being quite a bit less expensive. They exceeded my expectations.
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