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Old 02 Dec 2010, 05:32 am
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Is installing an anti-sway bar a good idea or does it just make your engine compartment look tough. I've been doing some research on them and considering putting one in. I have an 07 Touring edition. Should i install one or is the suspension already made for curves since it's a Touring edition?
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Old 02 Dec 2010, 08:21 am
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It seemed to help in mine. You have the lower bar which keeps everything together in tight turns and the upper keeps the top together (in non-technical terms). It's only a feeling but if you like to go around turns a little faster than normal, it seems to help....and it doesn't look ad either.

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After '02 Chrysler eliminated the rear sway bar. Chrysler says they intergrated a sway bar into the rear axle, but that's a lie because the rear axle part number is the same for all models, including the '01-'02 models that came with rear sway bars. Unless you throw a lot of money at the suspension the PT, touring or not, will never be a car for the curves.

What you are talking about is a strut bar. You'll notice a bit quicker steering and it'll tighten up the front end a little. It's a good mod.
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Theres some confusion going on here.

The bar under your hood is called a strut bar. It does help stiffen the front some while looking good too.

The bars under the car are called sway bars and normally can not be seen. All have factory fronts but only early years have the rears. Chrysler says that the later models have them built in the rear but is a lie as the same part number is used for both.

You can buy just the rear bar but need a mounting kit or find a junkyard to rob the parts needed. When you add the rear it does help a lot but be careful on sizes and keep them matched as it will effect understeer/oversteer/netural depending on what you want.
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that's cool, thanx for the info guys.
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is it hard to install a strut bar?
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is it hard to install a strut bar?
If you are talking about under the hood, no, it is just taking the nuts off of one of the struts, bolt the bracket on and doing the same on the other side. There is a torque spec, but I don't remember what it is, maybe chromenut can chime in.
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If you are talking about under the hood, no, it is just taking the nuts off of one of the struts, bolt the bracket on and doing the same on the other side. There is a torque spec, but I don't remember what it is, maybe chromenut can chime in.
so i don't have to worry about the strut falling or anything like that?
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so i don't have to worry about the strut falling or anything like that?
The torque for the upper mounting bolts is 25 Ft-lbs. No you don't have to worry about the strut falling because your not lifting the car off the ground and your only loosening 2 out of the 3 nuts on each side.
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