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Old 09-17-2013, 07:01 AM   #1
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Main differences between the stock zx3 sway bars and the svt sway bars???

Does anyone have pics of the two side by side? I searched the forum(search function) and found plenty of people suggesting changing them to the svt... But no real explanation as to why specifically? Apart from the obvious( svt was a sport tuned suspension) Is it really a huge difference in the design or mainly the end links? Also is it just better for a lowered car? I work in a wheel, tire and suspension shop and i see plenty of foci, but in all my time working there, I've only seen one svt come in and it was for a brake inspection.... And unfortunately I wasn't working on it... So didn't get to look under it myself... Any and all info would be greatly appreciated...


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Old 09-17-2013, 08:35 AM   #2
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I believe the main difference is going from 19-21mm, and the end links need to be longer to fit on the lowered suspension.

I still have my stock bar at the house unfortunately no side by side pics.
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Ok thanks... I may just order a set from eibach or h&r threw my work... Just wondering what the benefits were...
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Endlinks are the same to my knowledge. The only difference is the size of the bar. If you get a bigger bar, svt or eibach or w/e, get some upgraded endlinks & bushings.

The purpose of a bigger rsb, is to make the rear end rotate better. All fwd vehicles understeer, meaning in a hard turn you tend to go straight instead of turning. With a bigger rear bar, the rear end tends to make the rear end come around better or oversteer.

I had the svt suspension & eibach rsb with 04 svt wheels & many people were very happy how well the car handled on the track. It was also very fun on the street too.
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Thanks... I think I'm gonna go with the full sway bar kit(front and rear with bushings) threw eibach... Hoping it will improve my handling and figure I will install it at the same Ike as my coil overs...
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fair warning, if you live where it snows and they use salt/brine to clear the roads, you're in for some fun with rust & frozen bolts. Pre-treat EVERY bolt on the suspension with some kind of penetrating fluid a few days before the install.
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Thank The Lord the car is a west coast car... I moved from NY to WA and glad I did... But thanks for the lookout...
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still wouldn't hurt to pretreat all the bolts/components that you're going to remove. It's a 12 year old car, you never know what to expect, lol
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Make sure the rear lower control arms are reinforced where the AR bar mounts to them.

Early arms tend to break there with larger rear bars.
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I'm guessing my stock control arms wouldn't be reinforced correct?? So are all aftermarket replacements reinforced? Or is that something I would have to have done (welded)?
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