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SI_Steve
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02 Civic si sway bar [View Article]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-20-2002 12:29
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Just curious if anyone knows if you can put a 02 Civic type r swaybar on a SI and if anyone knows where to get one.
I know Mugen does one but it's pricey!!
Thanks,

rsxin
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Great Review !! [View Article]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-20-2002 21:41
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Thanks Ryan...that was very informative...Before I ended up buying the Comptech (non-adj.) sway/tie bar, I was also looking at the ITR bar. Same thickness (22mm) but does have the "OEM" look which I think is also good. I'm glad James and his cohort convinced me into getting Comptech though. Tie bar is very well machined and installation was very straight forward. No alterations were necessary.

The 3mm increase in the sway bar thickness is very noticeable on the street and in autox. Body roll is significantly reduced during hard cornering, Car feels more neutral. With the tie bar, it could be me, but my car's chassis does feel a lot stiffer than before.

I think hands down, aside from a tire upgrade, a sway bar upgrade is the best mod for any car since it dramatically improves the handling.

Ryan, Were you also looking at the Mugen Rear Sway Bar with its whopping 24mm thick bar before getting the ITR bar?
I was tempted but I could not see spending (~$400) for just a bar alone.

Sean

brunt954
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Ride with Comptech bar [View Article]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-20-2002 23:03
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How is the ride with the comptech sway bar. I already feel that the RSX-S has too much rear rebound, so increasing that doesn't interest me much. Does the sway bar affect that, or just roll stiffness.
rsxin
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Re: Ride with Comptech bar [View Article]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-21-2002 00:13
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brunt954 wrote:
How is the ride with the comptech sway bar. I already feel that the RSX-S has too much rear rebound, so increasing that doesn't interest me much. Does the sway bar affect that, or just roll stiffness.


In a straight line it feels normal. When going 4x4ing on the L.A roads, I can feel that the car is much more rigid than before, since something in the rear is making a thumping sound when I go over sudden uneven pavement (BTW, aside from the sway bar, my car is bone stock). it could be something that was always there and I just never noticed, Foam cover?...Oh well.

Sorry I gone astray, but to answer your question, the rear sway will affect roll stiffness. Car literally feels planted (when the OEM michellins are on contact with the road, lol...) The tie bar in the rear adds more rigidity in the chassis, hence a more responsive ride...I will test them again next month @ Streets of Willowsprings and I will probably let one of my master teachers drive my car (uh hmm... James, here's your chance, heh heh...).

There is also the Progress Rear Sway/Tie Bar on the market as well. Way cheaper than the Comptech's. Build quality? Dunno... A bunch of RSXers on clubrsx swear by them. but then, most of them do not autox or do track racing, so I'll leave it at that. I'd definitely would recommend either the Comptechs or the RSX-R Sway Bar. They are proven and are very well engineered.

smc

RyanDL
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Re: Great Review !! [View Article]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-21-2002 10:59
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I didn't consider the Mugen bar. It is too expensive, and with a 24mm rear bar, you'd really have to get their 24.2mm front bar to balance the car out, or else you're going to get quite a bit of oversteer. I think the RSX-R rear bar balances the car out nicely and makes it quite neutral. One of the best mods I've ever done to a car.

Ryan

RyanDL
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Re: Ride with Comptech bar [View Article]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-21-2002 11:01
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Changing a sway bar to a thicker one is almost a "free" mod. That is, there are very minimal drawbacks. If you go over a bump at a specific wheel corner, you will feel it a bit more since the bar flexes less. Other than that, there's really no change in ride quality.

Ryan

jes98gsr
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Re: Great Review !! [View Article]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-25-2002 01:51
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the things we learn from our previous cars... :-)

RyanDL wrote:
I One of the best mods I've ever done to a car.

Ryan




 
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