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Best strut bar/sway bar combo?

So I'm planning on getting the Progress rear sway bar for the lude.. But I'm unsure of what front tower bar to get to go with it.. What do you guys recommend as a completion to my combo?
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I haven't heard much comparison talk about sway and strut bar combo's.

I have suspension techniques front and rear anti sway bars.
DC front and rear upper strut tower braces and rear lower tie bar.

that combo works great for me. However the dc bars are hard to get ahold of.
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I just figured that you would need the strut bar if you got sway bars? but maybe I'm wrong
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Yeah thats true.. I'm goin with the progress rear sway first for sure..
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Most strut bars are essentially the same thing, and they won't really make a huge difference for street driving, but like he said they don't hurt. And Progress RSB ftw.
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^ yea, the dc sports, no names, megan, tanabe... most of them are similar... in theory the thicker stouter ones will do more, but most street cars don't really need them, mine are just some polished bars that my motorsports shop gave me for $50 each... Like most people said... any of them would be fine, just shop around for one you like... I think the red tanabes looked pretty stout when I was looking around... about $100 each.

Progress is probably the best sway bar you can get for the lude... I skipped a new sway bar and opted just to use polyurethane bushings front and rear instead... feels great!.. Bushing and Camber Kit Discussion

I didn't see the need to go to a bigger sway bar as the lude is so well balanced... looked at the back of a new mustang the other day and the rear sway bar on a Lude puts theirs to shame... it was stupid tiny... I couldn't believe they would put that on a RWD.. My cars rear begins to step out just a bit at the limits of adhesion just as the front begins to slip.... it feels wonderfully controlled... I wanted to stiffen it up a bit but didn't see the need to change the understeer/oversteer balance... I don't feel like the lude understeers (esp since my suspension mods) like other FWD cars I have driven... I think with that big progress rear bar (if you get it I would get a neuspeed or suspension techniques up front) the lude would easily offer some oversteer and the back end would step out happily.
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Re: Best strut bar/sway bar combo?

So I need both the front and rear sway bars? I was told that the rear was all I needed..
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Re: Best strut bar/sway bar combo?

I have front and rear DC strut tower bars on my car. They came on the car when I bought it so I am not sure if they made a big difference. One thing I noticed about them is that they are fairly flimsy when you lean on them or pull up on them. I think most of the force they would be subjected to would be compressive though. Did anyone that put them on their car notice a difference? I've always heard the are more for looks.

I would look into Neuspeed, their stut tower bars look beefy.

Most people only put the rear swaybar, the reason being this causes more oversteer. Plus from what I've heard installing the front bar is a PITA.

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So I need both the front and rear sway bars? I was told that the rear was all I needed..
The car is fitted with both. Adding a thicker rear swaybar is often quoted as being the biggest handling improvement made. A thicker rear sway tends to push the car a little more into oversteer, and if you're really good, you can use it to induce lift off oversteer, but only on a track.

Adding a front swaybar first has been known to induce a bit more higher speed understeer...which isn't good IMO. Uprated front and rear is the ideal solution, but keep in mind that many of those who race their Preludes (and especially those at the top of thier respective classes) run a big solid rear sway, and either the OEM or no front sway. Though running no front swaybar isn't something I reccomend at all.
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Re: Best strut bar/sway bar combo?

Nah, you don't need a new front bar... get some energy suspension sway bar/end link bushings... http://www.energysuspensionparts.com/ good deals. None of the front bars you can buy are quite as different from stock as that thick progress bar... my guess is with a progress on the back and some other brand (or OEM) on the front you could get additional oversteer... Like I said before... my car is basically just my daily driver and I have no problems with understeer when I drive faster than I should with stock bars (it's been tested repeatedly in my 4th gen... it can be induced to oversteer with very little coercion).... the polyurethane bushings are great... if you are sure you want the rear bar, don't feel like you have to upgrade the rear... but remember, those front bushings are pretty cheap :).

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Re: Best strut bar/sway bar combo?

Yeah my lude is my only car and I don't race it ever so I just want something to ultimately upgrade my handling..
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Re: Best strut bar/sway bar combo?

If I was the only car on the road I could "safely" take turns significantly faster than most of us are willing to drive with all these other cars on the road... (i.e. the car has more potential than a sane man uses on public roads... )

If you don't hit the track you may want to get bushings instead and use the 200 bucks you save on something that a daily driver will benefit from... not trying to talk you out of it, but just make sure YOU want to do it.

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