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    Sway Bar Question

    I plan on replacing both of my sway bars on my 2002 T/A WS6. The factory ones have over 160,000 miles on them. The question is why is there a diameter number on them and some are hollow and some are solid. I think I get the idea of the solid vs hollow bit, but the 25mm to 35mm got me confused. I use the car as a DD during the summer. I don't race it on the track. So the only thing my car will see it stop light to stop light racing and long cruises. Can anyone shine any light on the subject for me.

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    Your car comes with 32/21 combo which is plenty big.

    35/25 is max for these cars and mostly used by autocross and roadracers.

    You would be better off investing in a good spring/shock package and just replacing the endlinks and bushings on the stock bars,JMHO
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    Something else to note, the factory sway bar bushings are poly on the SS cars and really never need replacing,,,but I'm not sure if the WS6's were that way or not. Something to check before you spend money on them.

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    The sway bar thickness is based on what you want to do with your car. Is it just a DD? Into autocross? Or is it a drag car?

    You should be using a different sway bar setups for each of these situations.

    Your rear end can also determine your sway bar setup.

    I'd contact UMI, they can point you in the right direction when they know what you want out of your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by initechpeter View Post
    I use the car as a DD during the summer. I don't race it on the track. So the only thing my car will see it stop light to stop light racing and long cruises.
    He already answered all those questions in his original post.

    OP - just keep your OEM sway bars and invest in something else like shocks/springs if you're looking for better handling for your DD. Aftermarket sway bars are used for mainly autocross or drag racing. Hollow saves weight. The beefed up ones offer better body roll control in turns and stability during a hard launch at the track.
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    Sway ads don't have mileage replace your bushings and end links with good neoprene ones and be done since your not going to do anything with the car... Now if you want to carve corners with it go to strano parts.com and call Sam he will set your suspension up solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    He already answered all those questions in his original post.

    OP - just keep your OEM sway bars and invest in something else like shocks/springs if you're looking for better handling for your DD. Aftermarket sway bars are used for mainly autocross or drag racing. Hollow saves weight. The beefed up ones offer better body roll control in turns and stability during a hard launch at the track.


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    Thanks for all the help. I wanted to install poly for the end links, but didn't know if a sway bar replacement would be a better option. Again thanks for the help.

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