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 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)
2006 Honda Odyssey EXL-RES
2006 Honda Accord V6 EX-L Sedan
1999 BMW 540i 6-Speed (Sold to M3UOND on 9/21/06)
1991 Honda Civic Si - Occasional Beater