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Old 10 May 2013, 03:46 pm
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Default How much difference does adding rear sway bar make?

I have a 04 Pt and was wondering how much better my pt would corner (less body lean) if I added the rear sway bar off an older pt that had one? Also, are they easy to install?
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Old 10 May 2013, 04:05 pm
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If you get all the hardware it is about a 1/2 hour installation with basic tools.
You will notice a very slight difference but a lot depends on the condition of the rest of your suspension components and tires.

You might also consider getting a front sway bar from a convertible PT. This will have a greater overall effect then the just adding a stock rear sway bar.
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thanks for the info! So if I was just doing one sway bar, would the front convertible one be the best option? Will the sway bar from the convertible work without any modification or extra parts?
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thanks for the info! So if I was just doing one sway bar, would the front convertible one be the best option? Will the sway bar from the convertible work without any modification or extra parts?
Yes and like with the rear make sure you all the hardware.
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I thought it made a pretty big difference. I could definitely tell a difference.
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If got one to put on both the one's I'm going to keep. I'm not sure I'll need to know but they are going to get them.
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I added just a rear bar and it was a night and day difference at first. It felt like the front end was floating and I was steering from the back end. After a few days and a few miles, I adjusted and adapted and it all seemed normal as pie.

The rule of thumb is..... add more bar in back to steer quicker with less push. Car manufacturers don't like to set them up this way because inexperienced, ham fisted drivers can get out of shape and spin out so the factory tunes the ride to under steer a bit. If you add more bar in front, you add under steer (push). You can upsize just the front and if you think it steers too slow, then add more bar in back to balance it out again. Or start with just a rear bar and if it's to antsy-dancey for you, upgrade the front to balance it out. In my case, I was happy with just the rear upgrade.

Lowering and plus sizing wheels/tires are a couple other things you can consider if you like to play in the corners.
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I don't think adding a bar or other minor change is going to meet this category, but
Oversteer can be dangerous-
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my main reason for wanting a bigger sway bar is to cut down on body lean when cornering
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my main reason for wanting a bigger sway bar is to cut down on body lean when cornering
Don't we all!

It is not as easy as with so many other car/trucks. It takes careful planning not just simply throwing a few parts and good to go. I would see about working on the *front sway bar first as I recommend and then improve from that point if needed.


* either a stock PT convertible or aftermarket sway bar

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