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Old 05-17-2010, 06:07 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Auto-X-ZTS View Post
SVT LCAs have broken...with 25mm RSBs as I recall....and that is a fact. The rest is my opinion. Being that I design and market swaybars (more as a hobby than a business), then I do think that I bring some credibility to the discussion. My swaybars are used on a National Championship (2008 ProSolo) winning FSP Focus. Nobody else can make that claim. Not Eibach. Not H&R. Not Steeda. What's your swaybar-tuning background? I hope it's more than "oh I went out on the interwebz and found the biggest, baddest bar I could find and hung it on the back of my car." I don't mean to come across as an A$$, but all too often that is really what is happening when I have this same discussion over and over...with no thought of how a suspension is a sum of parts all working in concert as a whole. Why take the compliance out of one of the best FWD rear suspensions on the market? Makes no sense to me.

I also have about 20 years of autocross background (Multiple Regional championships--was also the fastest Street Tire Focus at fj Jet-Fest I in 2005--4th overall) and two years of SCCA wheel-to-wheel roadrace experience (with 2 in-class race wins) on my resume... So with all due respect, no, I am not just blowing hot air.
I have not seen pictures or hear of any SVT LCA's being broken, I have seen non SVT LCA's broken - so please post a link to the SVT LCA's.
I dont' see it in your post, but did you say whether you have driven a car with a 28.6 rear bar and a H&R 24 front bar?
My background with sway bars is having driven Focus' with a progress 22mm rear bar, a H&R 24mm rear bar, one with an eibach 25mm rear bar and then a car with the steeda 28.6. For my driving style the 28.6mm rear bar felt the best.

Originally Posted by Auto-X-ZTS View Post
Plug N Play. Maybe a bit more grease...but the ZX3 and the SVT are the same. All Focus sways interchange on all Foci--the only catch is if the RSB needs an adaptor kit (Steeda) or has OE bracket mounts. Its all pretty simple. Cars with OE RSBs are 21mm, except the SVT, Street Edition and S2--those are 22mm. If the car has an OE RSB, the FSB is 21mm, except the Street Edition Wagon--that is 22mm. If the car same sans RSB, the FSB is 18mm. But all sways interchange.
The SVT sway bars are 21mm, the non SVT / non special edition models are all 20mm front and rear with exception to the spi models which I believe had a 18mm front bar.
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