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Old 04-01-2005, 11:48 AM   #1
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Sway vs. Stress? bars

What is the major difference between the focusport sway & stress bars?

http://www.focussport.com/stressbars.htm

http://www.focussport.com/swaybars.htm


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I think stress go in the upper area, add rigidity.

Sway bars go on the frame and prevent the car from "leaning"
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do hte front sway bars go under the hood like the stress bar does
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The front sway bars are on the frome, below the motor.
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Sway bars attach to the end-links of the frame. Stress bars are also referred to as strut bars and attach to the strut towers of a car.

Sway bars bind the right and left sides of the vehicle together, minimizing body roll. The downside is, it also decreases the independance of the suspension. Which is why you have to make smart choices between the size of bar you use mixed with the spring rates you use. You could use 1000lb springs and no sway bar and body roll will be minimal. Or you can use 100 lb springs and a 30 mm bar and roll will be minimal but both would be bad for handling or ride or both.

Stress bars dont stop body roll but their purpose is to remove body flex. However on this car they are mostly useless and are good for looks only. The front strut towers are right next to the cars firewall so there is already a solid piece there providing support in the front, and in the rear, there aren't really any good mounting points. However if you were to do a custom triangulated stess bar (attaching to 3 points or more), then that might help!

I use my front stress bar as a handle when working on the car and the rear stress bar I use to hold stuff in place.

I have the stock front sway bar and I have an H&R rear sway bar coupled with my H&R coilovers. Anyone who has driven my car on the track has stated that my car is very neutral and easy to drive. Point it and it goes where you aim it. Not to much oversteer or understeer. I really like the balance I have so far.

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Moving to ”Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension”....
belacyrf hit most of the good points.
Only thing I can add, is the general consensus around here is:
The rear stress bar helps a lot more than the front does.
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