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Old 06-26-2005, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well gang, not content with just the rear m5 sway bar in my 1999 540/6, I decided to replace my "mere" 25mm Sport front stabilizer bar with the 27mm M5 bar. Except for my dear wife helping me remove one bolt, I did the whole thing by myself while she sat and watched, with a phone nearby in case the unbolted engine, car, or unbolted subrame came crashing down upon me. (she said it looked VERY precarious and I am sure it was).

So how is it? I only went on one brief test drive so far, but I am not yet enthralled. Like after I installed the M5 rear bar, the effect is subtle, but this time, the bigger front bar dials more understeer into the equation, something I am not as fond of (but am fond of flatter cornering). I'll report back after driving it some mroe this week.

Lessons learned? Have a strong helper! This was a pain to do by myself! ghead ghead With the subframe unbolted and the engine held only by the jack, it is a bit precarious too, so don't attempt it without someone who can check on your well-being every few minutes. <_<

If I knew then what I know now, I probably wouldn't do this job again. It just doesn't seem worth the trouble. But at least now I can say I have M5 sway bars front AND rear.... B)
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A MERE 25 mm stock? Damn you I believe my aftermarkets are 22/18

that's right my rear racing dynamics is the same size as stock.

Although I had a shop do it for me. That's pretty neat to do it yourself. I barely noticed a difference with my sways aswell. Lowering on stiffer strust made a whole world of difference. Git ir done.
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A MERE 25 mm stock? Damn you I believe my aftermarkets are 22/18

that's right my rear racing dynamics is the same size as stock.

Although I had a shop do it for me. That's pretty neat to do it yourself. I barely noticed a difference with my sways aswell. Lowering on stiffer strust made a whole world of difference. Git ir done.
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I'll definitely "Git-R-Done" next year on the Koni/H&R deal. Thanks!
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Koni's. Now that's the wya to go. Except they are a bit expensive. Maybe look for some coilovers instead then. For most people it should only be a few hundred here or there. But this might greatly dimish ride quality on long road trips. So maybe something with an adjustable damper for the coilovers?

But Koni's are kickass anyways
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