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Old 05-24-12, 08:40 PM
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Tri-Point front sway bar

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I'm looking for a Tri-Point front sway bar with brace kit. I know it's a long shot but worth a try. Looking for the .188" diameter. Hoping there is someone that ordered one and never installed, or used; either way. I can get a new one from Tri-point but, I'm looking for the "low rent" "track -ho" price if possible...lol. Thanks!

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Old 05-26-12, 12:13 AM
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A .188" sway bar is by FAR the smallest I've ever heard of. Are you sure that's the size? It would essentially do nothing to reduce the lean but whatever.
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Originally Posted by clubber View Post
A .188" sway bar is by FAR the smallest I've ever heard of. Are you sure that's the size? It would essentially do nothing to reduce the lean but whatever.
.188" is the wall thickness, not the diameter.

http://tripointengineering.com/produ...5693f4950c2086
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Originally Posted by gkmccready View Post
.188" is the wall thickness, not the diameter.

http://tripointengineering.com/produ...5693f4950c2086
Thanks for clarifying. Wall thickness is what I was referring to. I'm staying with the
stock rear as suggested by Fritz and Brent. Tri-Point has three wall thicknesses. The .250" is too stiff for my application. Cheers!
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Dave, I may have something for you. I have a similar one that I bought from Fritz a few years ago. I'll shoot you a PM when I get a chance.
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Originally Posted by Brent Dalton View Post
Dave, I may have something for you. I have a similar one that I bought from Fritz a few years ago. I'll shoot you a PM when I get a chance.
Please do Brent. I was going to call Tri-Point this afternoon. I'll wait to hear
from you!

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Been mentioned before that Tri-point gets the bars from here, but you'd still need to source the arms I believe...

http://www.1speedway.com/Swaybars.htm
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Not sure but I think that you can buy these from MazdaSpeed without being a registered race team. Since this is an aftermarket part. I know you can only buy OEM parts if you are registered. They sell the arms and links as a separate part # from the bars.
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
Not sure but I think that you can buy these from MazdaSpeed without being a registered race team. Since this is an aftermarket part. I know you can only buy OEM parts if you are registered. They sell the arms and links as a separate part # from the bars.
I called Mazda Motorsports last week. They never called me back. I do have an account. They had the bar listed there, he said he would have to check current
pricing. Thanks for the input. It seems the brace kit upgrading the mount,
is just as important as the bar itself. The adjustment capability is a big deal
as well. Cheers!
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When you say the "brace kit" are you talking about the longitudinal braces and the bronze bar mounts?
I think that most that run this bar just upgrade the Mazda sway bar mounts and use the standard poly mounts that come with the kit and bolt to the stock mounts. The bronze mounts can't be used without the longitudinal Tri-Point braces as the bolt spacing of these mounts is much wider than the stock sway bar mounting points.
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Dave, i haven't forgot about you. I've just been really busy. I'll shoot you a PM tonight when I get home.
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I build these bars, currently have them on my RX-8's. If you are interested feel free to contact me.
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Originally Posted by D Walker View Post
I build these bars, currently have them on my RX-8's. If you are interested feel free to contact me.
Hey Bud,
Send me a PM and let me know pricing, etc. I really appreciate your knowledge and input.

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When you say the "brace kit" are you talking about the longitudinal braces and the bronze bar mounts?
I think that most that run this bar just upgrade the Mazda sway bar mounts and use the standard poly mounts that come with the kit and bolt to the stock mounts. The bronze mounts can't be used without the longitudinal Tri-Point braces as the bolt spacing of these mounts is much wider than the stock sway bar mounti


Just to be clear you can run the longer footprint bronze or the stock footprint poly bushings with the Tripoint sway bar and reinforcement kit as there are two sets of rear mounting holes on the brace to use depending on which bushing option you decide on.

The brace kit will keep the stock swaybar mounts from cracking.

I just swapped down to the lowest rate .094" bar on lowest setting (supposed to be softer than stock) and poly bushings as I hated the understeer the car had with the larger bar and the maintenance of the bronze bushings.

Car still understeers a bit, but I think it is the effects of the pig heavy stock REW engine up front when I am used to my stripped down 13BT in my TII.
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Originally Posted by BLUE TII View Post
When you say the "brace kit" are you talking about the longitudinal braces and the bronze bar mounts?
I think that most that run this bar just upgrade the Mazda sway bar mounts and use the standard poly mounts that come with the kit and bolt to the stock mounts. The bronze mounts can't be used without the longitudinal Tri-Point braces as the bolt spacing of these mounts is much wider than the stock sway bar mounti


Just to be clear you can run the longer footprint bronze or the stock footprint poly bushings with the Tripoint sway bar and reinforcement kit as there are two sets of rear mounting holes on the brace to use depending on which bushing option you decide on.

The brace kit will keep the stock swaybar mounts from cracking.

I just swapped down to the lowest rate .094" bar on lowest setting (supposed to be softer than stock) and poly bushings as I hated the understeer the car had with the larger bar and the maintenance of the bronze bushings.

Car still understeers a bit, but I think it is the effects of the pig heavy stock REW engine up front when I am used to my stripped down 13BT in my TII.
Thanks for the input. I have talked with DWalker and also Mazda Motorsports.
Reinforcement of the mounts is very important. The input I received from fellow
FD drivers at the track recommended the 1 1/4" bar, >188" wall thickness. I will be taking my struts in to get them dyno'ed to confirm spring rates.

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Originally Posted by gracer7-rx7 View Post
Thanks bud,
I have talked to the folks @ Tri-point, Works Concepts, Mazda Motorsports, and
finally decided to take Don Walker up on his offer to build one for me. He has an FD
in his shop to test fit everything. I'm quite sure he will do a great job for me. FYI;
Tri-Point wanted $790 shipped, Works Concepts was $70 less shipped (BTW, Eric
is a great guy to work with, he definitely gave the best pricing on this particular
set-up), Mazda Motorsports was in between the two.
Don is doing mine for me for $400 plus shipping. He is going to fabricate 4 or 5
more if anyone is interested. As you guys may know, tooling and set-up is a big
part of the time and expense to produce this "kit". Don said he would honor this
pricing for the additional kits he's producing. I'm not trying to be a vender here on
the forum, just sharing what I came up with. Thanks to all who chimed-in on this
thread.

Cheers!
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Any word on if anyone will be making a mount like the wide foot one?
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Awesome. Don is a great experienced option. Love reading his posts.
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Originally Posted by gracer7-rx7 View Post
Awesome. Don is a great experienced option. Love reading his posts.
He was gracious enough to spend some time talking with me. That was really
appreciated. When he gets together the list of what all is included; one of us
will update.
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Originally Posted by Sabre002 View Post
Any word on if anyone will be making a mount like the wide foot one?
I think Don is going to fab a tubular brace. Will update when we get things
final.

Thanks,
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Thanks for posting. That's a much better deal than I was previously quoted.
Is the "brace kit" and"bracket kit" one in the same? So; if I wanted to have poly
bushings with the "brace kit" and a .188" thickness bar, it would be $585.00
shipped? Just want to be clear.

I have already committed to Don Walker for mine. I'm sure others on the forum will
be interested in your Group Buy.
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Originally Posted by Dave McLaughlin View Post
I wanted to have poly
bushings with the "brace kit" and a .188" thickness bar, it would be $585.00
shipped? Just want to be clear.
Correct

I have already committed to Don Walker for mine. I'm sure others on the forum will be interested in your Group Buy.
We always welcome group buy requests. For any of the products we offer, Tri-Point or other.

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Does the bronze bushing w/brace option require OEM sway bar mounts? I have the widefoot sway bar mounts which raises the mounting point bar higher...
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