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post #21 of 50 (permalink) Old 04-06-2011, 07:36 PM
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Re: Info on rear sway bars, install and troubleshooting

Does anyone have any input on the Hotchkis? I'm looking at getting one for my 05 MZ3 but I've heard that hollow bars aren't good? Can anyone give me anymore advice on this?
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Re: Info on rear sway bars, install and troubleshooting

Great write up, now just to choose a brand. I am leaning towards an adjustable one.

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post #23 of 50 (permalink) Old 04-15-2011, 11:03 AM
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Re: Info on rear sway bars, install and troubleshooting

I too am looking into getting the hotchkis or tri-point. Anyone with personal experience or recommendations would be appreciated.

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post #24 of 50 (permalink) Old 04-21-2011, 08:27 PM
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Re: Info on rear sway bars, install and troubleshooting

[quote author=Palu1 link=topic=187081.msg3986656#msg3986656 date=1302133007]
Does anyone have any input on the Hotchkis? I'm looking at getting one for my 05 MZ3 but I've heard that hollow bars aren't good? Can anyone give me anymore advice on this?
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I installed front and back Hotchkis bars and Tein stech lowering springs with the help of some of my buddies. With some smart shopping the grand total was 250.00 and the car hits a particular corner that I ended up in a ditch at going 85mph smoothly.I previously hit it at like 60mph before spinning out of control and in a ditch. In my opinion these are pretty solid bars. I have pics of the stock front compared to the hotchkis, and I think the back looked smaller in diameter

...and they are on the stiff setting

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post #25 of 50 (permalink) Old 04-21-2011, 10:44 PM
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Re: Info on rear sway bars, install and troubleshooting

Thanks man appreciate the info

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Re: Info on rear sway bars, install and troubleshooting

I was gonna make a thread about this but since I found this I'll keep it in here.


I have Hotchkiss front and rear sway bars on my car, and theres a horrible clunking noise that I simply cannot get rid of. I replaced the end links, the shocks and bearing are still good as well. Any other ideas that I could try? I thought maybe lowering springs but I dunno...


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[quote author=shawn1980 link=topic=187081.msg4016713#msg4016713 date=1304812243]
I was gonna make a thread about this but since I found this I'll keep it in here.


I have Hotchkiss front and rear sway bars on my car, and theres a horrible clunking noise that I simply cannot get rid of. I replaced the end links, the shocks and bearing are still good as well. Any other ideas that I could try? I thought maybe lowering springs but I dunno...
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Did you torque down all the nuts? I've got mine down to about 40 ft lbs.


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yeah they've been torqued


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Re: Info on rear sway bars, install and troubleshooting

This write up is awesome! I installed Koni yellows, Tein springs, SPC arms and have had some clunking in my rear passanger side. I have replaced the endlinks and it is still there. I know it's not the shock, you have given me some more things to look into thanks. I'm hoping when I upgrade the sway bars that it would fix whatever the noise is anyways.


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Re: Info on rear sway bars, install and troubleshooting

[quote author=APMF link=topic=187081.msg4021257#msg4021257 date=1305201645]
This write up is awesome! I installed Koni yellows, Tein springs, SPC arms and have had some clunking in my rear passanger side. I have replaced the endlinks and it is still there. I know it's not the shock, you have given me some more things to look into thanks. I'm hoping when I upgrade the sway bars that it would fix whatever the noise is anyways.
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You changed alot at once so trouble shooting will be tough. Put the car up on ramps and re-tighten espcially the bolts with the suspension, they stay loose unless the wheels are loaded for some reason.

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