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Old 01-10-2011, 08:58 AM   #1
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Rear sway bar

I ordered a rear sway bar for my car that is adjustable between 80/120/170 % stiffer than stock to address the understeer issue. I did not get the front bar because I had a bad expeirence with my mustang as a daily driver with a very stiff front sway bar.

Will I notice much of a difference with just the rear sway bar? What % stiffness should I have the new rear bar set at with the stock front sway bar to work in harmony?
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:29 AM   #2
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Yes you will notice a difference. I did mine about a month ago and did the rear one by itself at first, so I know what you will experience with only the rear. It's still a HUGE improvement! I bought the Pfadt adjustable bars. Mine is set to the stiffest setting possible. Definitely noticeable difference in cornering with just the rear. In fact, I don't really even know if I could distinguish a difference after I added the front bar! I haven't done any real testing though.
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:48 AM   #3
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:53 AM   #4
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I added front and rear sway bars (adjustable) 1 day before putting my Camaro into winter storage. Only did a 30 minute test drive. Waiting for the end of the salt season to do some real testing.
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Larz29. Give us a call. We can help you out.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:55 PM   #6
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Use the 80 or 120 setting if you are just doing the rear bar. This will effectively neutralize the understeer. The difference is very noticeable...
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:28 PM   #7
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Yes you will notice a difference. I did mine about a month ago and did the rear one by itself at first, so I know what you will experience with only the rear. It's still a HUGE improvement! I bought the Pfadt adjustable bars. Mine is set to the stiffest setting possible. Definitely noticeable difference in cornering with just the rear. In fact, I don't really even know if I could distinguish a difference after I added the front bar! I haven't done any real testing though.
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Use the 80 or 120 setting if you are just doing the rear bar. This will effectively neutralize the understeer. The difference is very noticeable...
These two posts pretty well sum it up.
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:59 PM   #8
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Chase do you sell just a rear bar?
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:54 PM   #9
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Yes sir, we have Pfadt and BMR rear sway bars.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:11 PM   #10
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I ordered a rear sway bar for my car that is adjustable between 80/120/170 % stiffer than stock to address the understeer issue. I did not get the front bar because I had a bad expeirence with my mustang as a daily driver with a very stiff front sway bar.

Will I notice much of a difference with just the rear sway bar? What % stiffness should I have the new rear bar set at with the stock front sway bar to work in harmony?
The setting will depend on the rear bar diameter and strength. The larger the bar, the thicker the wall in a hollow bar the stronger it will be. If you had purchased Pedders rear 27mm solid bar I would suggest the softest setting as it is such a strong bar. A 27mm standard wall hollow bar you could easily go to the second strongest setting. You get the idea.

Start on the softest setting and get to know how your car responds. You can work your way up from there. Pay attention to the endlink nuts. They lose their quench, the resistance to coming loose, as you take them on and off. You can use LocTite instead of new nuts, but use it sparingly or you may find you can't get them off.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:10 PM   #11
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Yes you will notice a difference. I did mine about a month ago and did the rear one by itself at first, so I know what you will experience with only the rear. It's still a HUGE improvement! I bought the Pfadt adjustable bars. Mine is set to the stiffest setting possible. Definitely noticeable difference in cornering with just the rear. In fact, I don't really even know if I could distinguish a difference after I added the front bar! I haven't done any real testing though.
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I did my rear first as well and could tell a huge difference. I set mine to the middle hole and haven't felt the need to change it. I put the front on a few days later and could tell that it improved a little but near as much as the rear.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:51 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the wonderful feedback guys! I can't wait until Winter is over which I'm sure a lot of you agree!
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:47 AM   #13
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Awesome thread!

I decided a long time ago to just go with the Pfadt Rear Balance Bar, which I will be buying in a few months. After passing on the awesome deals going on during SEMA, I started doubting my decision for not getting the Springs and Sways.

This thread reassures me that I made the right decision for my daily driver and in the process saved a couple hundred dollars.



I’m assuming that the Rear Balance Bar is the same as the Rear Sway Bar, just not adjustable due to it already being preset to perform best with the stock front sway bar.

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