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Old 14 Jul 2004, 11:34 am
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Default Rear sway bar install where none exists now

I have a 2003 touring edition with no rear sway bar. Has any one installed a rear bar where no bar originally existed? Was it a benificial change? How difficult was it to install?
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Old 14 Jul 2004, 12:24 pm
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Your best bet is to do a search within this forum using "sway bars", "anti-sway bars", "Eibach sway bars", etc. However, since we're a friendly bunch, here is my 2 cents.

My PT also didn't come with a rear anti-sway bar. The addition of the rear anti-sway bar dramatically improves handling performance. The car is much flatter in corners and is easier to control. It feels more solid and takes less effort to drive briskly on a curvey road.

There are several brands to choose from including Mopar. You'll need to purchase a hardward installation kit either from your Mopar parts department (lots if individual parts already posted on this forum) or from Eibach (kit #2860.320HKR) in addition to the anti-sway bar. I strongly recommend that you use the same brand for the front and rear bars. Handling is better matched front to rear for a balanced ride. FYI, Mopar is supposed to be releasing a Stage 1 suspension upgrade kit which includes anti-sway bars. You might check into that also.
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Old 14 Jul 2004, 12:34 pm
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Even though the bar isn't there, the retainer mounts and endlink assembly bolt holes still are. Depending on you r approach, you can do it yourself, all being required is a set of ramps and some tools. If you use the Eibach sways, there is a kit with the endlink assembly. If you use a different bar, then you can get the endlink and retainer clip parts from any dealership. All it is is 2 endlinks, endlink bolts, 2 retainer brackets and their associated bolts.
I did mine, it was fun and saved me 300- in install labor.
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