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Old 08-29-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Considering bigger sway bars, but what?

I recently found out my front sway bar links are cucka and next month is inspection time.
So I was thinking when I do the replacement, I can upgrade.
I live in NH and a majority of the roads suck so lowering is out of the question on my DD 01 ZX3.
Are there any sway bars out there that I can put in that will give me a noticeable difference? Front and rear. Upper strut bar too?

P.S what is the stock mm of the focus sway bars?


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Old 08-29-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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I **THINK** it's 18mm in the front and 20mm in the back. IF you have one in the back, because not all our cars came with one. I'm saving my pennies to do 21 in the front and 22 in the back.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:33 AM   #3
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I have a SVT set 21F 22R with NEW poly bushings for both and NEW poly endlinks for rear $250 Shipped PM me if you want to buy
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:46 AM   #4
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I'm using the stock front and SVT rear bar on my 2003 ZX3 and like the way it works in autocross. I also have the front strut brace from Massive installed and getting ready to install the rear brace from them.
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:49 PM   #5
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I have a SVT set 21F 22R with NEW poly bushings for both and NEW poly endlinks for rear $250 Shipped PM me if you want to buy
SVT set? not if the rear is 22mm, SVT's came with 21 f/r.

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I recently found out my front sway bar links are cucka and next month is inspection time.
So I was thinking when I do the replacement, I can upgrade.
I live in NH and a majority of the roads suck so lowering is out of the question on my DD 01 ZX3.
Are there any sway bars out there that I can put in that will give me a noticeable difference? Front and rear. Upper strut bar too?

P.S what is the stock mm of the focus sway bars?
Typically the used SVT bars sell for around 50 per bar and come up for sale pretty often here (check craigslist too.) I've sold a f/r set earlier this year for $100. Its not an item that wears out, just pair it with fresh bushings/endlinks and you are good to go. The front bar is not an easy install though, involves dropping the front subframe to get the new one in.

I wouldnt go any larger than 22mm, especially if you plan on keeping your suspension the same. You should look into the SVT suspension kit. It lowers the car only .5-.75", comes with 21mm rear sway bar and will really wake up the handling, especially if your stock suspension is getting higher in mileage. Then later find a 21mm front bar if you need/want more handling. Check out Village Ford for pricing, they give us good prices
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:00 PM   #6
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Being still stock height the SVT bar would be a cost effective upgrade that will give you some improvement over stock.

If you were lowered abit I would say go with the Eibach f/r setup which is 22mm/25mm. Really improvesthe hhandling of the car greatly. Keeps you pretty flat in the corners but with only a little bodyroll/weight transfer to the outside to keep you from sliding. Of course you need sticky tires to take the most advantage of that. Several of us locally have the bars. I still need to install my front one lol.
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Being still stock height the SVT bar would be a cost effective upgrade that will give you some improvement over stock.

If you were lowered abit I would say go with the Eibach f/r setup which is 22mm/25mm. Really improvesthe hhandling of the car greatly. Keeps you pretty flat in the corners but with only a little bodyroll/weight transfer to the outside to keep you from sliding. Of course you need sticky tires to take the most advantage of that. Several of us locally have the bars. I still need to install my front one lol.
This^^^^^^^^^^^ The Eibach kit 22/25mm is a great upgrade.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:30 PM   #8
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I vote for the Eibach set as well. I recently purchased them, but have yet to install. For the price, they seemed to be the best bang for the buck, yet totally streetable.

Have fun with the front bar. I haven't done it, but it looks like and sounds like a pain in the butt. Replacing the bushings was enough for me to get frustrated a couple months ago.
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I vote for the Eibach set as well. I recently purchased them, but have yet to install. For the price, they seemed to be the best bang for the buck, yet totally streetable.

Have fun with the front bar. I haven't done it, but it looks like and sounds like a pain in the butt. Replacing the bushings was enough for me to get frustrated a couple months ago.
I dropped the cradle down to install the bar. Make sure to get the bar bushings greased up good & make sure the bushings brackets are tite.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:55 AM   #10
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Nice nice. Considering my whole entire suspension being rickety, I may as well do the the struts, shocks and springs along with my sway bars.

I'm still decisive whether to go with eibach or svt.

I've never done in depth suspension work before, just engine bolt ons. That being said, how much should it cost for a shop to do the f/r bars, springs, struts and shocks? I could prob dwell right in with my tools and make it a project, but I need my car almost every day of the week.

And I've read the write up on the f/ sway bar. Looks intruiging but I know I'd bite off more than I can chew time wise.

SVT or Eibach?
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