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Sway bar problems

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My sway bar bracket broke off the frame because of rust (Northern states ) do they sell new ones aftermarket that I can buy, where to find them and which sway bar to get?
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Check with your nearest auto parts store -- believe it or not, they often can get the brackets, bushings, and end links to fit your stock bar. If you can't find them locally, have a look at Honda Parts at Honda Parts Now | Genuine OEM Honda Auto Parts, or Rock Auto.
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Any way to get aftermarket brackets?
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Re: Sway bar problems

What are you trying to achieve? The brackets and bushings are sized to the bar -- if you get a different sized bar (Whiteline used to make one, but I'm not sure if they still do -- see Where to find performance sway bars?), then it'll come with brackets and bushings sized for it. Keep in mind that a larger bar will put more stress on the bracket mounting to the chassis...too much, and it'll tear out. If you want to replace the stock bushings with harder material -- polyurethane is most common -- Andy's Autosport (Andy's Auto Sport - Automotive Accessories and Performance Parts) has a pretty good selection. But it comes back to, what are you trying to achieve? Throwing random parts at the car rarely gets good results.
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Re: Sway bar problems

Did just the bracket break or did the bolts pull out of the chassis rail like Jamie mentioned? There is kind of a design flaw on 4th and 5th gens where due to the bolts on the L-shaped bracket being too close together there can be enough leverage to tear the nuts out under certain circumstances, I've seen it happen using the stock bar. It seems to happen more on the LHS of the car too. Adding a little salt and corrosion into the mix sure doesn't help.

Here's mine with the brackets removed:


The only fix is to weld a patch over the busted rail, it's a pain due to its proximity to the fuel tank. I'm thinking of making some custom brackets to try and reduce flex in this area since I have an after-market rear bar.

Now, lets hope/assume there is nothing wrong with your chassis. There used to be after-market brackets available. I believe Neuspeed supplied them with their bars as they were aware of the tearing issues and designed a longer bracket to suit, I don't think they are available any more though. Best bet is to try and find either these or an OEM set second hand. It doesn't look like Honda parts stores/sites are much of an option, it looks as though the RHS is still available for about $13 but the LHS appears to be discontinued.

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Re: Sway bar problems

Yeah, you need to have that fixed before you can mount a new bracket there. I agree that a patch may be necessary and when you do that side, you may want to inspect the other side as well for rot. A lot of places won't weld on a frame because it wekens the surrounding metal and it's kinda hard to get good saturation of the weld to both sides of the replacement metal to make a good patch. Seems like I have more bad news than good. Sorry, but just giving you my best advise based on what I've seen and experienced.
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