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ITS 2nd gens: Sway bar choices?

Old 07-14-02, 12:46 AM
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ITS 2nd gens: Sway bar choices?

Running the default Mazdacomp spring recommendations (400F, 275R).. Any recommendations on a good swaybar setup?

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Old 07-14-02, 03:05 AM
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I am using an old suspension techniques bar. may need more though and will switch to a tubular type setup. no one makes a nice adjustable bar that is large enough
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Silk,

Dump the rear bar, and use a tubular style front bar. Most guys will vary between the .188 wall and the .250 wall, but with your front springs you may need the .250 version.

You will probably have to fabricate the mounts using a section of tubing slightly larger than 1.25" and welded to some flat plate with holes properly placed to use the stock mount holes. Also, pay attention to the arms on each end. They should have only one bend in them, and it needs to be properly placed to provide the correct rate. You can get mounts for the drop links from Mike VanSteenburg at ISC Racing in Winter Haven, Florida. I think I paid less than $30.
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2 questions:
why do you take the rear bar out? and b would you set it up any differently if it had say 50-100lbs extra on the nose?

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Old 07-15-02, 10:08 PM
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Mike,

That's a very common thing, especially with 1st gens and their wicked oversteer.. I've heard it's still a good thing for the 2nd gens.

Thanks for the tip Chris, I've been mulling over the circle track style splined bar.. I just can't seem to find anyone that carries that stuff. I'll give him a call. You wouldn't have a pic of this kind of setup on a 2nd gen would you?

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Tony from AWR has the tubular sway bars for the second gen. He mounts his above the frame rail not in the same location as stock. could be assembled from Speedway Engineering parts also. either way I would keep the rear bar. I found on my car that the more rear sway bar I used the better the car felt, and the faster lap times.
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so someone makes a sway bar that goes in a different spot? any kind of stock bar won't fit with the 20b, so i'm open to suggestions.

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pillow block mounts on top of the "frame" rails between the radiator and the engine. hole through the fender well and the appropriate arms and links and you are in business. you may be able to do the same thing from underneath but this is a straight forward install on most race cars from the top.
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What about in general for the FC, are the only choices that fit without special welding and modifcations the RB non-adjustable and the Suspension Tech adjustable bars?
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I believe the suspension tech bar is now out of production but check with them to be sure.
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