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Old 10-23-2007, 07:36 PM   #1
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i was putting my st-1 back together tonight and decided to install the front sway bar on it. it came with the rear sway bar already installed. my question is, what kind of tracks would the front sway bar be good for? is this mainly used for smooth tracks with a few jumps or any kind of track?
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:43 PM   #2
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I usually keep mine out on the truggy, seems to help steering and handling in all corners except the big sweepers. Hope that helps!
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the rear sway bar makes the front dig in more so u can handle sharper corners, the front makes the rear dig in more to get more speed around wide corners.
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Stiffer bar (or adding a bar) makes that end of the car "looser." Moving the ends in makes the setting stiffer, moving them out makes it softer... so not only adding or removing a bar affects this. If the car doesn't turn very well, stiffen the rear or soften the front. If it turns TOO well (or is loose in the rear) stiffen the front or soften the rear.

I ran my MBX5 Prospec with no front bar and loved it, except bumps upset the car more. I compromised and MADE a 1.9mm bar (much softer than stock) and moved the ends in on the rear bar to compensate, and it works great. It's all about balance...
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Stiffer bar (or adding a bar) makes that end of the car "looser." Moving the ends in makes the setting stiffer, moving them out makes it softer... so not only adding or removing a bar affects this. If the car doesn't turn very well, stiffen the rear or soften the front. If it turns TOO well (or is loose in the rear) stiffen the front or soften the rear.
Thats what I was thinking. I just got a few rollbars/sway bars and should get them pretty soon and I'll have lots of experimenting to do but I also heard that if the track is loose, you should use softer bars and if the track is high bite you should use stiffer bars.
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Its a little more involved than that Omar but sounds like you have the general idea & will soon have the finer points,when your bars show up.Just remember nobody drives the same.
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Adding an anti-sway bar, or stiffening it, reduces traction at that end of the car. If the track is smooth , it will make the grip level feel more consistent. They also reduce body roll in turns, so they make the car feel more direct, and make it change direction quicker.

An anti-sway bar at the front of the car reduces low-speed steering, so the turning radius will be larger, but consistent. It will reduce hooking by preventing front end roll.
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