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Old 12-17-2011, 09:49 AM
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Hi, maybe anyone has this mod???

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Old 12-17-2011, 10:19 AM
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Re: sway bar mod

It's one way of changing the handling balance, and the writer's correct that with stiffer springs, you might be able to get away with a smaller bar. Whether you're giving up any cornering performance depends on how much you've stiffened the springs -- Preludes, like all FWD cars, are tremendously nose-heavy, so it takes a pretty stiff spring to deal with body roll on its own.

The better (although not as cheap) way of changing the handling balance, whether you've changed the springs or not, is to install a heavier rear sway bar -- that'll have the same effect on balance, and still combat rolling.
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:21 AM
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Re: sway bar mod

Technically by doing this you are removing traction from the rear tires and not gaining any in the front. Depending on how stiff your suspension is, removing the front bar will cause massive body roll. Body roll is bad for grip, it will over load the outside tires and lift the inside. You might experience corner exit wheel spin, since the inside tire has very little weight being put on it.

There are 2 ways to do suspension dynamics; stiff springs, soft swaybars or soft springs and stiff swaybars.

A better solution is to add a big rear bar and leave the front on, Or to bump up the rear spring rates a good bit. Also Change your driving, try trail braking a bit. Once you feel the back start to step out get right back on the gas and balance the oversteer with the throttle.
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Re: sway bar mod

no, no logical person has done this mod.my fried took out both his sway bars, on his huge jeep only so it could flex more. like dwend said, those are your options
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Re: sway bar mod

My Civic DX came factory with no sway bars and feels unstable at high speeds. The turn in feels sharp but the rear wants to swing out and cause oversteer if sharp turning comes into play. Civic owners who autocross like to remove their sway bars (mainly the front) for the sharp turn in response but at the same time they are the ones who are constantly catching oversteer on turns and spinning out.

Rather than focusing on the front bar try a stiffer aftermarket bar in the rear to balance the understeer/oversteer
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Re: sway bar mod

Don't take it off. Most people prefer no bodyrolls...or jellyrolls.
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Re: sway bar mod

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No, this isn't an engine mod.
DUH.
If you have lowered your car with lowering springs, remove the front sway bar. Honda puts a hugefront sway bar on the cars to prevent over steer, so millions of old ladies with no idea of how to control a sideways car won't wreck and sue Honda.
No they don't, it's tiny. Goes for the rest of the known world too, who just wants a "PREDICATBLE RIDE"
The sway bar dramatically stiffens up the front end which reduces front wheel traction(ie. steering). More front traction means more steering. If you have more steering you can go faster into corners and still have the ability to turn. SO basically, your car will handle a ton better.
NO IT WONT. One wheel will have lift off, the other will bear the weight of the car, not forever, but OVERSTEER will be waiting.
On a stock car this also helps reduce body roll, that why I recommend that you do it to a lowered car which has significantly less body roll than a stock height car.
Who says? Wanna talk about the drop itself, like how much?
I removed the sway bar on a friend's stock height 94 Prelude and it had so much body roll it was scary at times.
DUH
The car was a lot more unstable at high speeds also.
Forgot to mention the speed he used to prove this theory
However on my car(which had race springs)and Chris's 90Si (which has lowering springs/struts) the handling was improved a ton.
Better handling from mystery drop, while tuned kit fails? Got Data? Skidpad? Slalom? TIRES PLAY A HUGE ROLL!
So if you lowered your car, take the front sway bar and all the hardware off and throw it in a corner of your garage. Then take your car to an open track event or autocross and rail on it around a few corners and if you know how to drive, you will see a difference, big time.
WHAT"S ALL THE HARDWARE? PICS?
You have to push the car to it's limit to notice the difference.
AGAIN TIRES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. PUSH ON$55 Tires, you will only notice you hitting a wall or a parked car.
If you're a wuss and you don't push the car you won't notice anything. F*CK YOU AND YOUR SH*TTY ADVICE
I took mine off and never put if back on. Around low speed sharp corners I've had my 92 totally sideways before, that's how much steering it has. To remove the sway bar you need to jack up the car, put it on jack stands and remove both front wheels. There are two 12mm bolts attaching the mounts to the car, then there are two 12mm nuts attaching the sway bar to the front suspension. There won't be any tension on the bar and it pulls out over the exhaust down pipe.



I'm glad other Prelude owners that regularly tinker with their suspensions chimed in. This kind of Information leads to property damage and bodily harm. And 3rd Gens Don't come with a Sway bar. The MOTOR SUPPORT is The sway bar. you can add one for extra strength, but the tower strut bar is more effective. This link is so vague that no one should ever take it seriously. I can't even tell if he's talking about a 90SI prelude or civic.
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