Install - Hotchkis 25mm Comp Rear Sway

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  1. InstrumentOfPeace

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    DetroitTuned.com

    7-8 days from ordered -> fulfillment ->arrival. Great job packaging the bar securely to avoid damage, which is always appreciated.

    I selected USPS ($58) and Detroit Tuned swapped to FedEx. Most certainly unexpected kindness for which I am grateful.

    A few free stickers & a license plate holder. Yes, I will shamelessly advertise for DT after the FedEx swap.

    Install process to begin shortly as soon as the sun begins to light up my work space.

    Any pro-tips or suggestions, please let me know. @MCS02 I think I’m gonna go for the tightest fit.. hole #3?
     

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    It’s an easy install. I have mine on the center setting but I have coilovers. I guess it depends on your preference. It will have a more tall happy feel set there but with the stock suspension and alignment they tend to push anyway.
    Maybe some others here will have used it on the stiff setting and will chime in.
     
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    Great service from Chad & the good folks at Detroit Tuned. :Thumbsup:

    I'd sure put it on hole 3 (farthest from the end) tightest setting. My tip to you is to use some blue 242 locktite on all the bolts. Torque them to spec.
     
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    Awesome. Thanks for the input!! Seems the lug nuts are either seized or were well over torqued. Breaker bar w/mallet didn’t even budge them. Time to soak ‘em. :)


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    I'm just wondering if the oem bar is on right now or some other bar?
     
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    Ya know. I’ve had those thoughts as well before ordering because this car handles a corner like it paid for it.


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    Slide a 3 foot pipe over your breaker bar. That may give you the extra grunt needed. Use a 6 point socket, it will give a better bite than a 12 point. Seems many places hammer thee lugs on with no thought to what proper torque is.

    Best loosen all the lugs front & rear & re-torque them to spec.
     
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    Thank you, Crashton. Had I needed to change a flat, dear mercy.

    1 set fully loosened. Working on the others over time. At 185lbs I was “lightly” hopping on my breaker bar and nil movement.


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    After posting this I again went out. All lugs loosened. Checked the front, loosened as would be expected.
    I’m fairly positive it’s an oem sway bar, but looks as if it’s taken a few hits (i.e. been taken off before, scratched bad but there’s no other parts even remotely close to it)


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    Just about half way. On the convertible models, I have to poke a hole in the heat shield to get a special bolt out (why? :D)
     

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    Even after pouring a hole in the heat shield there still wasn’t enough room to manipulate the bolt. I decided to take the heat shield off (removing one of the muffler pieces to allow for space.

    New sway bar in place. The instructions called to remove at least 1, if not both shock towers. I removed neither but merely unbolted 1 from the top which gave enough room to squeeze the bar up & over.



    Time for the reverse process.
     

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    Installed & quick test run. Thank you all & grateful for your help.


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    So how is the car in the corners now?
     
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    Feels much tighter. As my date this evening cancelled (lulz) I may now take a spin up Hwy 2 canyons to see how it really feels. I’ll let you know.


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    Hole nearest the end is the soft setting......closer in gets harder. Harder is going to cause the rear to get loose. Not fun in a FWD car......be careful
     
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    You should have no problem with the RSB at its tightest setting. As long as you don't do stupid things like snap off the throttle mid-corner, you will be fine. Enjoy your new found turn-in. :)
     
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    Full stiff for the win. Learn to drive a fwd with a rear drift.
     
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    If @Dave.0 enjoys ridin a stiff one, I’ll give’r a go.

    Actually felt it a bit more today rounding off one of the freeways in LA *whoa*


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    Hahahaha my wife said stiffer the better, save the soft setting for Cadillac’s.
     
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    Hahaha. That’s a keeper!


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