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Cool Both MS3 Sways on MZ3, worth it?

I picked up a pair of MS3 Sway bars for cheap, like crazy cheap, but is it worth installing both, or only the rear? This is my Daily, I don't track it, though most of my driving is highway. I would like a bit less tire squeal on the on-ramp, but don't want to "dogleg" or "tripod". I know that the Rear is easy to install and the Front can be a pain, I'm trying to justify that pain. Should I just install the Rear now and do the Front later, if needed? If I do install both, are there other RSBs that are larger, but not crazy? I am trying to stay OEM as possible when it comes to upgrades, though I do already have Tein S-Tech springs installed.

I know that there are a lot of threads about Sway Bars, but none of them talk about both MS3 bars installed on a MZ3, only the Rear or the Front with a crazy aftermarket rear bar, like 32mm.

This is for Gen 1, 2008 S Sport Sedan (F-21mm/R-20mm); the bars are off of a 2008 MazdaSpeed 3 (F-26mm/R-26mm). Looking just at the numbers, it should be stiffer, but neutral, but I'm not sure how the weight differences are going to play into all of this.

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EDIT: Installed both because I had them and had the time to work on the car. The Front install was not as bad as I thought. Made a difference, definitely worth the price that I paid.

TL,DR: YES!

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Only really need to upgrade the RSB...not so much the FSB.....

Are you already lowered??...


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I was thinking that, but didn't want it to be too aggressive for daily driving

Yes, I already have S-Techs installed and they have settled, I also have 18" CX7s. They have made a huge difference in the stance (not stanced ), both looks and performance; just looking for the bit more on the performance bit.

Thanks, I think that I will install just the rear for now and then see how that is.

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I installed both, the rear bar definitely made the larger difference but the front bar is still noticeable. I will probably go to an aftermarket bar some time in the future to put a bit more bias on the rear.

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Thanks, I was thinking that, and I will probably just do the rear for now and to the front later.

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Like what others had mentioned, just upgrade the RSB.. While at it you might want to change the bushing to polyurethane.. For front and rear sway bar.. To have a more tight feel when cornering


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Just replace both swaybars if you can. I replaced the front & rear on my 2006 MZ3 with the Mazdaspeed accessory swaybars and I couldn't be happier. I highly recommend replacing the rear swaybar links since you're already going to have them off.

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I have already done the rear (because it was easy), I will probably do the front when I replace the struts. The endlinks on the bar have less miles that my car, so that are good for now.

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I have already done the rear (because it was easy), I will probably do the front when I replace the struts. The endlinks on the bar have less miles that my car, so that are good for now.
I replaced the end links on mine because they were the original ones. They looked good on the outside but they were shot on the inside.

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These seem OK, I might end up replacing them at some point. I haven't had much drive time since replacing the rear, but everything seems fine, no clunks or anything.

Also, I realized that I don't have a 21mm socket or wrench. I will need that to do the front.

EDIT: I found a 21mm, the lugwrench is 21mm.

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