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Gen 4 (2006 SEL) Rear Sway Bar Question

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Quick Version: What size rear sway bar should I add to a Gen4 with stock front (didn't come with rear)? 18mm?

So I've been looking around for days, doing all sorts of searches, and I think it's all starting to run together for me. I am hoping someone can help me out.

With my rear seeming to sag a bit (13" from hub center to fender), I decided to replace my rear springs. In the end, I decided to go with
Gabriel G56936 ReadyMount Complete Strut Assembly
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Moog K3124 Sway Bar Link Kit


When I was getting everything apart, I noticed a distinct lack of a rear sway bar. After a bit of confusion, I started researching as much as I could. In the end, it seemed like adding one (since the new struts have the tab) is a good idea.


I went to a yard and pulled a bar and mounts (and bushings and bolts). I believe they came off of a '98. The bar seems to be in decent shape, and measures at 18mm. I thought I read somewhere that 18mm is the size my car would have, if it had come with one. Is this true?


More importantly, what are the pros/cons of adding the 18mm rear bar to the car, with everything stock up front? Better or worse than leaving the rear without a bar at all?


Should I try to replace them both with different sizes? Until then, I appreciate any input on just adding a rear bar for now.

As a side note... the new strut assemblies only lifted my car about an inch... currently at 14" from hub to fender. Is this about right?

Thank you very much!
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No, add the bar. You'll be much happier.

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My '98 had an 18mm rear bar, 19mm front from the factory.
It has '90 SHO sway bars now.
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Not to ask a stupid question, but what are the benefits of adding a sway bar? I don't think my car (early build '04) has them. I'm assuming improved handling, but in what ways?


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Like the name says, less sway. Better cornering, better stability on the highway, etc.

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Is it worth the trouble of finding them in a junkyard and adding them? How hard would it be to do? My '97 GL might have had them, but I don't remember what it was like cornering in that car, and I wouldn't be able to compare it with what it's like now.


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I haven't tried cutting through an end link with a pair of bolt cutters, but I found myself wishing I had a pair when I was in the junkyard. If those will work, then it's fairly easy to pull a rear bar:

1) Bring a scissor jack and lug wrench (or find them lying around in the JY)
2) Jack up one side, and pull the rear tire
3) Lower it, and repeat on the other side
4) Remove the single bolt holding each bracket and remove the brackets and bushings
5) Cut the two end links (very visible)
6) Snake the sway bar out one side

This is basically what I did, except I didn't have bolt cutters. So I ended up having to fight to get the end link nuts loose, instead of being able to cut them. Had to use a nutbuster on one side, and the other was also a pain. To snake the bar out (I took it out through the driver's side), I removed the three bolts at the gas filler cap, and the one bolt holding the filler tube to the body... so I could push the filler tube down far enough to get the bar through. It might not have been necessary, but the car was on the ground (no tires once I took them off), and a front seat from some other car was pancaked underneath the rear end.
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The rear away bar was an option?
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The rear away bar was an option?
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They deleted it for the 2004 MY.

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