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Old 19 Feb 2004, 10:24 pm
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Encountered some heavy cross winds the other day on the interstate. The GT cruiser was a handful to keep in one lane. I never had this problem with the '01 Limited with rear sway bar. Anyone else note a difference in windy conditions?
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Old 19 Feb 2004, 11:03 pm
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Encountered some heavy cross winds the other day on the interstate. The GT cruiser was a handful to keep in one lane. I never had this problem with the '01 Limited with rear sway bar. Anyone else note a difference in windy conditions?
Yep!!

The PT has more flat side surface area that many cars and without the rear end being tightly controlled it does get pushed around by wind. Just sit in a turn lane with car going past at 50 mph. The wind will move you around.

Yes, a rear sway bar will reduce the impact of side winds on the PT.
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Old 20 Feb 2004, 04:43 am
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I have been through some windy conditions, but really can't feel the PT being pushed around by high winds. Maybe the rear spoiler on 04 GT's actually have a purpose [:I]?
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Old 20 Feb 2004, 01:17 pm
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I wrote about this when I first got my PT Turbo. I was at the time traveling to Las Vegas from LA.
I found that the problem gets MUCH worse when the car is loaded.

I was lucky enough to have a dealer that cares...put on the bar for free.

WOW! What a difference in handling.

Along with outsourcing the production of parts for Chrysler autos and trucks, Daimler-Benz thought it important to remove unwanted items from our PTs like, the rear sway bar, the cargo net, the second horn, interior lights, and probably things internally that we will only find out with time. The deletion of the sway bar was a COST saving decision much as Ford's decision years back to keep the gas tank in the Pinto in a dangerous location. They are in business to separate you from your money, and give you the very least in return. Let the buyer beware in this stock price driven, boardroom decision making market.[:I]

Forget the cost; put in the sway bar, get the second horn installed...save your life in the next tight situation that happens when you least expect it!

These are safety issues that you should not ignore![:X]
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Old 20 Feb 2004, 01:30 pm
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Forget the cost; put in the sway bar, get the second horn installed...save your life in the next tight situation that happens when you least expect it!

These are safety issues that you should not ignore![:X]
I agree with Kirby on the safety issue
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Old 20 Feb 2004, 03:10 pm
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I was in very high winds going to Palm Springs a few weeks ago. For those unfamiliar, it is so windy out there that they have erected huge "wind farms" that generate electricity. Anyhow, I had no problems at all. I was really expecting a wrestling match but I could only feel the biggest gusts, and even then it was no fight. After reading this I would say that the difference may be the H&R springs I have installed. They make the car handle much better.
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Old 20 Feb 2004, 03:53 pm
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Encountered some heavy cross winds the other day on the interstate. The GT cruiser was a handful to keep in one lane. I never had this problem with the '01 Limited with rear sway bar. Anyone else note a difference in windy conditions?
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Old 21 Feb 2004, 12:32 am
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I was in very high winds going to Palm Springs a few weeks ago. For those unfamiliar, it is so windy out there that they have erected huge "wind farms" that generate electricity. Anyhow, I had no problems at all. I was really expecting a wrestling match but I could only feel the biggest gusts, and even then it was no fight. After reading this I would say that the difference may be the H&R springs I have installed. They make the car handle much better.
That is why we after market springs in, isnt it? Mine is stock suspension wise and I have not had much trouble in moderate winds, but from what is said here I should put on rear anti-sways!
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Old 21 Feb 2004, 05:49 am
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I haven't noticed any problems during windy days. My GT is lowered with Eibachs and I noticed it handled much better after install. Before being lowered however I did notice my GT did get blown around a bit. In fact I told my wife and she laughed and said she had no problem in her '01 PT because it was lowered with Eibachs (which I had installed when the car was mine). The following week I had Eibachs installed on my GT. [?]
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Old 21 Feb 2004, 08:03 am
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i just got my GT Cruiser 04 about a month ago and just the other day i was a light in the turn lane and a car came by at i would say around 45 mph and i felt my pt move around more then i would like. at the time however i had the rear sets removed so maybe the that played a factor in it. and it is still all stock. nothing added ..... yet.
just thought that i would bring it up.
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