Took off the swaybar (mk3)
So a while ago I purchased a Steeda rear sway bar for my Mk3 Focus looking to improve my handling. Initially I was thrilled with it; it tighted up the rear perfectly without being harsh. I could throw the car into any corner and it would barely even flinch. Unfortunately after 3000 miles with it I felt like things just werent working out between us. As I have an SE (2012) without the sport package I'm left with the softest springs and dampers of any Mk3. This led to problems as the swaybar leveled out the rear, but the front running on soft springs couldnt cope. It felt like the front end was reallllly straining to keep up overtime. It also just felt wrong- like half of my car was a totally different vehicle. I'd imagine if I'd had the stiffer up-trim springs and shocks this would be a non-issue, or If I had upgraded the springs beforehand. Alas as I am in college and dont have the money that will have to wait, so I pulled the bar off and put things back the way they were. MUCH better. It even seems like its handling BETTER now. Now I'm not trying to say that Steedas' product sucks or anything- in fact I think it works quite well. I just wanted to post this to share my experience and to hear others thoughts. Also I'd like people to learn from my mistakes. So take this as a warning- either have a sporty suspension to start with, or lay down the cash to do so before you even think about upgrading that factory sway bar.
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