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Old 06-11-2002, 03:36   #1 (permalink)
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Best SWAYBARS for an EF?

i'll be getting new tyres in the near future and i'm going to get front and rear swaybars at the same time. My car's a sedan that's been lowered with superlow king springs and monroe GT shocks, what would be the best brand and size swaybars to get put on?

do any of you out there with ef's/el's have aftermarket swaybars fitted? if so which ones and do you think they make much of a difference?

p.s. is there any point fitting a strut brace bar to the ef?

pps. are there any other relatively inexpensive ways to improve handling?


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Old 06-11-2002, 04:45   #2 (permalink)
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I have an EF Wagon with King's 30mm low single rate springs on the front, original rears lowered 50mm, konis all round, and Whiteline sway bars front and rear, nolathane bushes throughout and adjustable camber/castor kit. The ride is still very acceptable and it handles as good as anything on the road at highway speeds and conditions. Oh, the wheels are 16x8 with Dunlop Bathurst 1000 tyres - 50 series, quite good grip in all conditions and I get 25k - 30k out of them with reasonably serious driving.
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COBRA, any idea what size the swaybars are? or how much the nolathane bushes cost? and how much are those tyres because i also have 16x8's and i'll be getting 225/50 tyres.
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I don't know if this applies to your machine already, but I know with the earlier cars a good start with sway bars was to keep the standard bars and simply replace the rubber bushes with nolathane. (helps to stiffen everything up - which is basically what Tickford did)

I once asked Tickford's why my XR6WGN was built without a rear sway bar and the answer was that it induced oversteer and most handling was tuned with the use of tyres and shocks.

I have heard that too fat a sway bar can actually upset the handling of a car - anyone care to elaborate??

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With too large of a roll bar, if one wheels is 'upset' mid corner then the same energy will be trasferred to the other wheel, thus causing the whole front or rear-end to being upset.
A Fat one is ok to have on a car that only ever sees a nice flat race track, but on the street you have to find a good medium.

I'd say one similar in size to what the XRs ran at the time would be a safe bet.:beerchuge
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