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Re: POLL: Rear sway bar tab failure (failure theor (archive)

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Posted by Seth Thomas on May 15, 2001 at 13:56:43:

In Reply to: POLL: Rear sway bar tab failure (failure theory) posted by Chester on May 15, 2001 at 12:14:24:

My LTW has a set of RD bars on it for the last 55,000 miles and it has been driven on both the track and street. The suspension it had on it when I bought the car was the RD bars, PTG LTW Race springs, Bilstien shocks, and all the LTW goodies. With this setup it never experienced any failure of any kind to the rear tabs. While I like your write of the problems I don't personally think it is the design of the UUC bars or RD bars that is causing this problem. What it is in my opinion is that the upgraded bars are now doing more work since the suspension is not upgraded to the same level. By this I mean that you will experience the tabs failing with a stock suspension and upgraded bars. Why? Because before the springs and the bars where working together. Now the stock springs are not match for the bars so the bars start doing more work. Now if you up the spring rate then you are taking some of this slack off the bars and adding it back to the springs. So in a nut shell, most of the cars this is happening to do not have enough spring in the rear to support the upgraded sway bar. I don't think it has anything to do with the way the bars are made or who makes them.

Seth THomas
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