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Old 02-18-2006, 01:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Stabilizer Bar '99 323i

How hard is it to install a stabilizer bar? On my parents' '99 323i, when they take a turn it's very shaky, so we took it to the bmw stealer and they said the car needed bushings and that stabilizer bar. Labor cost for it was incredible! Also, is a stabilizer bar the same as a strut bar or a sway bar? Pics of that stabilizer bar? Some information would be great.

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I think the stabilizer bar is the same as a sway bar kit, requiring new bushings. A strut brace wouldn't require more than $20 in labor.
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yes, but they install fine without unhooking any major of the other suspension compnents. front in my hands about 6 hours, COMPETENT mechanic much faster.
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So, would it be wise to upgrade to a sway bar kit? If you're totally sure that the stabilizer bar is the same as a sway bar, maybe that would be a good choice. So, new bushings, and a stabilizer bar, shouldn't be more than 6 hours? hmm, any more information on this topic? Thanks

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anti-sway bar = stabilizer bar = anti-roll bar. it is all a fairly simple install. check out uuc site, they should have a pdf, and they make a mean bar.
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