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Old 03-10-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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My intentions are to get both steeda sway bars, but can only get one at a time.

For those that have them, if you had to make a choice, would you get the front or the rear first?


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Old 03-10-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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go with the rear bar first then see if you think you need front, its easier and cheaper the fronts a three hour job(what dealer said)you have to drop the subframe in order to do front. i got these when i put my rear bar on saves you from having to take bar off to grease it .http://energysuspension.com/products...-Bushings.html the 9.5161R fit the 1 inch bar about 20 dollars at autozone
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I did take a look under the front end, didn't seem like that bad a job.

This is coming from a guy that swapped spring packs under a 94 YJ every weekend just to see what setup worked best. (my garage is pretty well equipped.
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i have the Steeda RSB from a friend and it does a very good job on its own. A friend did have both and he said ones or the other work great alone but the front seems to counter act the rear. Besides have to lower the chassis to install the FSB and front end alignment. My car does not rock when cars pass or meander on the road with high winds.
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My intentions are to get both steeda sway bars, but can only get one at a time.

For those that have them, if you had to make a choice, would you get the front or the rear first?
i installed the rear first (and only) and saw a marked difference for the better in ride and handling.... my intent was to do the front later but as it's such a pita to do it and i don't feel it necessary (tho it'd prob improve handling further) i'll just stick w/ the rear...
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I guess I simply don't understand how they "work against each other". I'm not new to suspension, and to me this just doesn't make any sense.

Why would you need to do an alignment when swapping the sway bar in the front, how would swapping them change anything?

To me it seems as my rear tire is always trying to lift, and that would tell me that a front swaybar would be more beneficial, but I've been proven wrong before.

I may go with the rear simply for cost purposes.
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heard the same about the bars cancelling each other out /don't know how hard it is to remove subframe check here for instructionshttp://www.fordracingparts.com/downl...htM-FR3-FS.pdf. if done wrong makes a horrible noise had my steering rack replaced at 4000 miles ,the mechanic didn't tighten the bolts correctly car was back at shop same day 9 hours to replace rack 8.5 hours to realign the subframe
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Yes what he said. This isn't my first RODEO.

"heard the same about the bars cancelling each other out /don't know how hard it is to remove subframe check here for instructionshttp://www.fordracingparts.com/downl...htM-FR3-FS.pdf. if done wrong makes a horrible noise had my steering rack replaced at 4000 miles ,the mechanic didn't tighten the bolts correctly car was back at shop same day 9 hours to replace rack 8.5 hours to realign the subframe "
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Awesome link, thanks!
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I have both, I honestly think your better off with just the rear unless your planning on full race purpose. Also front is a pita to install. I don't mind both and they are nice to have forautox but honestly just get the rear
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