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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-23-2016, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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I am going to do the Front this week, because I have a trip over the weekend, which will be a nice test for both. I reviewed and researched everything about front sway replacement and it seems pretty straight forward, and the PITA in actually getting the bar out of the car, but should be doable.

Thanks for all of the info & opinions. I'll post again next week, after the trip, to give a follow up review.

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I am going to do the Front this week, because I have a trip over the weekend, which will be a nice test for both. I reviewed and researched everything about front sway replacement and it seems pretty straight forward, and the PITA in actually getting the bar out of the car, but should be doable.

Thanks for all of the info & opinions. I'll post again next week, after the trip, to give a follow up review.
The front is a major PIA to install. The rack and pinion will have to be unbolted and moved out of the way to get the front swaybar in and bolted properly.

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I saw that option on the RacingBeat instructions, but the Hotchkis one doesn't say to do that. I says that the steering column seal will come unseated, and that seems a lot easier than unbolting the rack. Looking at the photos in the stickied thread, looks easy enough to unbolt everything, just have to wriggle the bar out once everything is loose. @XCNuse has some good pointers at the end of the thread, plus I have my own ones for the exhaust hangers, just need to take some photos while under the car.

Long story short, I'm thinking that since I already have the FSB I will install it, then maybe upgrade the rear later (like @antics mentioned above).

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I didn't touch the steering rack when I did mine.

Get the car as high up on jackstands as you safely can, it'll be a lot easier to work the bars out and back in with more ground clearance.
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FSB is installed, took 3.5hrs including a short break halfway through and putting all of the tools away. It would have been quicker, but I got stuck on the 21mm bolts, about 20mins later I realized to put the 17mm bolts in first and they will line up the 21mm ones. I did not remove the motor mount bolt or the steering rack/column seal. I did reinstall the end-links under load (car's weight). It was not as much of a pain as I was lead to believe, just a lot of stuff to remove to get to the bar. I will have pointers posted in the stickied thread later today.

Also, I will post a review-kind-of-thing next week, after my trip.

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Review: I did notice a difference, especially at highway speeds, but not a huge difference at lower speeds. It remains flat all the time regardless of corner angle, with this being said, I was not pushing the limits since I was driving on public roads. This will be awesome in some twisties/canyons. Definitely worth the price that I paid, very happy that I took the time to do this.

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