In the 4.5 years I've had my 3, all I've ever done were oil changes, a couple belts and an alternator. Last weekend, I looked under the rear of the car for the first time. I'm not a huge fan of the rear end links...oh well.
I bought this Corksport MS3 bar from an AZ autoxer before I moved. The price was right
I like the zerk fittings on the sway bar brackets.
I knew the MS3 end links were a larger diameter than the MZ3. I wasn't sure if buying a set of MS3 end links would work, so I went the DIY route. I bought metal sleeve from the hardware store, cut it in half, filed it a bit to reduce the outer diameter, drilled some material out of the inside, and then manually pressed them into the softest sway bar hole (right side).
I had an issue with the end link hitting the lower arm, so I added some washers to the side of the end link that mounts to the arm (see the end link on the left side). It provided enough clearance to make me feel comfortable.
Here's a pic of an attached end link with the spacers visible.
Here are some thoughts, after driving around for a week with the bar:
- I might put a dab of blue loctite on the endlinks, they keep loosening up.
- It feels good on the street, but I'll need to add some more sleeves for the other holes if I want to go stiffer.
- I'm going to either paint or plastidip all the exposed metal on the rear bar.
- I can't wait to replace the front sway bar bushings </sarcasm> At temps of 30 or below, which seems like half the year in Illinois, my car sounds like a big pile of dung. (My interweb research says the bushings are either mushed or need lubing).