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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-03-2014, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Was curious to know the effects of upgrading to a thicker bar. I've heard it's a pita to do, and may negatively affect cornering? If so, would it be beneficial on a drag setup? Also, do the endlinks play a big role in the handling equation?

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If you now have understeer in the corners upgrading the sway bar will help. End links just hold the swaybar in place, they have no effect on performance.

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I see. Does it increase steering effort?

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It does help in most cases, but too can be an issue. Which bar were you looking at? I would go with ST, SS LNF, or Eibach. Im going to add a front sway bar by Eibach, then go with ZZP rear. I heard with good suspension, it can ride like on rails.

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I see. Does it increase steering effort?
Same, don't go to big unless you autocross. If you're going to drag race it won't help at all in a straight line, unless you lose control and want to save it.

If you want instant power for drag racing find the smallest radius wheel that will fit in the front.

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agreed. Sway bars are to decrease body roll during cornering. What most people use on their cobalt is a 23mm front sway bar, which is the stock LNF size. I had on my MSP, front 28mm, rear 23mm., but i used it for auto-X.

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Like a 13" wheel and a tire with half a mile of sidewall?

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No,no smallest wheel radius, accomplish it the way you want. A 10% diameter gives you about 10% more torque and horsepower to the pavement. You won't be able to go as fast top speed but you'll get there a lot quicker. 14'' rim with 255/40's and for instance. You'd take off at a light like a bat out of hell. 13'' even better if you can find one that fits over the caliper.

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Some people disconnect the front swaybar for autocross so I don't see why you'd want an upgraded one is the springs are good.

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Not really intetested in autocross. City driving in Montreal is all the autoX I'll ever crave.

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