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    Thread: What is difference between Sway bar and stabilizer bar?

    1. 04-21-2003 02:28 PM #1
      I have always heard that MKIV GTI does have a front sway bar, but NOT a rear one. However, if you go to http://www.vw.com/gti/tech.htm you'll see that both 1.8T and VR6 have a rear stabilizer bar, 1.8T with an integrated one (whatever that means) and VR6 with 18mm one.

      So, my question is, what's the difference between a stabilizer bar and an aftermarket sway bar? Don't they have the same effect? If we put a sway bar, should we take the other stabilizer out?


    2. 04-21-2003 03:18 PM #2
      "Sway bar" = "stabilizer bar" = "antiroll bar" (and the last one is the proper name)

      There is but one surefire way to find out what you have: Put the rear of your vehicle up on jack stands, crawl underneath, and have a look at your rear axle. It is a roughly U-shaped or V-shaped stamped sheet metal piece. Look in the inside center of the "U" or "V". If there is a round bar there, you have a rear antiroll bar, and as for its diameter ... measure it, and that's what it is!

      Usually the aftermarket ones on these cars don't replace the stock antiroll bar, they usually are installed in addition to the stock antiroll bar (they're not installed in the same location as the stock one, so they don't share space).


    3. 04-21-2003 03:27 PM #3
      quote:
      Usually the aftermarket ones on these cars don't replace the stock antiroll bar, they usually are installed in addition to the stock antiroll bar (they're not installed in the same location as the stock one, so they don't share space).

      You sure about this? Two mounting points for front bars?


    4. 04-21-2003 11:22 PM #4
      quote:
      Usually the aftermarket ones on these cars don't replace the stock antiroll bar, they usually are installed in addition to the stock antiroll bar (they're not installed in the same location as the stock one, so they don't share space).

      You sure about this? Two mounting points for front bars?


      He is absolutely correct. The stock one is on the inside of the stock axle beam, facing the front of the car, while most aftermarket ones bolt to the outside of the beam, facing the rear of the car.

      Markku Kivinen | Agtronic Motorsport

    5. 04-22-2003 08:43 AM #5
      quote:
      He is absolutely correct. The stock one is on the inside of the stock axle beam, facing the front of the car, while most aftermarket ones bolt to the outside of the beam, facing the rear of the car.

      You are speaking of rear only?


    6. 04-22-2003 12:30 PM #6
      quote:
      He is absolutely correct. The stock one is on the inside of the stock axle beam, facing the front of the car, while most aftermarket ones bolt to the outside of the beam, facing the rear of the car.

      You are speaking of rear only?


      Yes, 'cause I'm pretty sure every VW ever made comes with a front one stock.

      Markku Kivinen | Agtronic Motorsport

    7. 04-22-2003 08:56 PM #7
      BWAH, missed a word there. Oops! On front drive VW's the aftermarket rear antiroll bars are usually in addition to what's there. The front ones replace the stock one entirely.

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