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    So, I have a rear sway bar and a 1" front sway bar that I bought a long time ago. At the time "cornering like it was on rails" sounded like a good idea. Now that I am putting my car back together I wonder if there is much to be gained by doing this. The car will be a weekend driver and the odd trip to ZCON ( I hope). My days of spirited driving are long gone. Is this still a good idea or will it the suspension be too stiff to enjoy the ride?

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    Each car is different. I like the sway bars all around but it totally depends on your springs, expectations, and condition of roads. Fortunately, they are relatively easy to add/subtract. I would try with, and if you feel too bumpy, try without. Definitely leave at least a front bar in though. You also have the option of using rubber bushings, or a harder bushing to slightly alter the ride and roll effect.
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    I find that shocks and springs, seat, then tires and rims affect ride comfort the most.

    Roll bars only come into play in the corners. I find that when a car rolls it is unsettling as a driver. I find that if the car tracks flat around a corner, I have a better sense of the tires limit. I would not worry about the bigger roll bars except where they attach and the metal quality there.
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    You can also get adjustable end links to give you more roll with the same roll bar.
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    Roll bars also increase ride rate over one wheel bumps. And end links shouldn't have any affect over lateral load transfer if they are installed correctly and adjusted correctly.

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    I just put my rear sway bar on after 2 years of slacking and I wish I had done it a long time ago. My front and rear are both 1" and I have urethane end link bushings on front and rubber on the back. I am very happy with how it handles.

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    That is good to know. It is odd that this tread would show up now as I also just installed the rear bar the other day.

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