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Old 07-14-2008, 03:12 PM
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Sway Bar End Links

I got a progress rear sway bar a little while ago but never installed it, so now I'm thinking about picking up the progress end links while I'm at it. Is it worth it?
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Old 07-15-2008, 12:31 AM
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probably a good idea to get the new endlinks.. I got polyurethane bushings and kept my stock rear bar... but progress bars are about the best so have fun with that.
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I was looking into swapping out the oem bushing too, any suggestions. i.e. brand, material?
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why would you swap out the bushings? the progress bar comes with new bushings which are actually good bushings. as for the progress endlinks. they suck. not worth it. but don't keep the stock endlinks. there is a guy on prelude online his name is 71dsp. he makes custom endlinks. very expensive but well worth it. the progress endlinks will eventually start to make noise on you. and believe me its the most obnoxious noise. i wanted to run into every tree/light poll/telephone poll/traffic light on the side of the road just to end that noise.
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I don't even remember what came with my sway bar, ordered it in like January and still haven't put it on haha. Had a lot of **** to take care of til' now and I wanna pick up these parts before I install it. I saw that dude 71dsp charges from $150- $250 for a set of end links. Is it really worth it?
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Drew,

I was not actually telling him to swap out the sway bar bushings... I said get new end links, and that I chose to replace my sway bar bushings INSTEAD of getting an aftermarket sway bar; It has a similar if not quite so dramatic effect... but if you aren't understeering paying for a bar might be overkill.

In addition... read the posts... he acts like he might decide to replace all those other bushings in the suspension that have NOTHING to do with the sway bar... I thought he might like a recommendation from one of the few of us that has bothered with that excellent upgrade... the sway bar bushings constitute a very small part of the huge box of bushings I took to my shop to have installed.

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Dude. All you really need are brand new OEM end links. When i installed my ST sway bars, my front end links were knocking and clanging, then the rear started. When I removed the old end links (with a torch), I saw that the bushings on them had been completely obliterated by the new, much stronger, sway. Check out ImportRP.com or contact ImportRP through AIM. They can hook you up with some OEM end links. I got mine for 45 clams each.
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First off, I was wondering about the greater lot of bushings, not just the ones on the sway bar as mr_y82 said. And second, is there a difference between the custom end links and OEM ones which make them perform better or is it just having new ones in general that helps because they tend to show ware?
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The custom ones are better... but you have to ask yourself if it is worth the difference. I was out on highway 80 today (Buck Creek) breaking the back end loose a little on the hard corners with a stock rear bar and endlinks that are 227K old with new bushings.... all my suspension bushings are polyurethane as I said... The car had no understeer (neuspeed sports on kyb agx.. gain redundant) and felt incredibly balanced and confident ripping up the corners at the limits of adhesion.

p.s. just to avoid confusion, I was not using the hand brake.

so ask yourself... if that good enough? or does it need to be better? ;)

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I have a Progress rear bar and love it. I also bought the Progress end links and, as mentioned above, they (actually just one of them) rattled. They are far stronger, at least they appear to be, than the stockers. Went back to the stockers and no problems. To qualify that my car only has 40,000 miles on it, it's not a daily driver.

I'm running the Progress bar on it's lightest setting, I added Poly-U bushings to the front bar and the car now oversteer's the way I was looking for. I spoke with the rep at Progress and was told that the stiffest setting was intended for auto cross and was a bit much for street driving. Always meant to try it out but haven't gotten around to it.

As far as the end links go, all they are is female heim joints connected with a piece of all thread. You can buy the parts to make them yourself from McMaster Carr or Grainger. The heim joint is where the rattle comes from. You can also buy a version with a nylon lining that should solve the rattle. If anyone is interested in trying it I'll get the thread size and length of the all thread off my Progress links.
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