As you may have read in my other thread, I put an Addco 25mm front sway bar, and a 20-24 MRT rear bar, set to 24mm, on my car this past weekend.
So far here is what I have discovered. After a couple of days of feeling out the suspension and gradually pushing a little harder to make certain there were going to be no abrupt surprises for me, I have finally been pushing the car hard on a few twisty roads. The steering is much more precise, and I find that I can pick a line and hold that line MUCH more easily. Late Apex cornering is much easier in the car now. The handling is still very neutral, with a very tiny amount of understeer at extremely low speeds, and a tad of oversteer in high speed sweepers. I can create a little throttle oversteer in cornering now. If I ease into the throttle mid corner, before the car would roll the back side a bit, now, the rear stays flat and just scoots out a small amount. Not a huge, dangerous amount. Just enough to reduce the turn radius and allow me to get into the gas all that much sooner.
I got both from Teague's Auto. The Addco bar is $169.95 and is made to fit a Legacy (same bar, different brackets) It will fit our cars, but you will use the stock brackets and trim a bit off from the outside of the smaller bushings they provide to get them to work in your brackets. Dale is working with Addco on this so they will be a direct fit. You will have to drop your front jack plate off the car to remove the stock front bar and install the new one, and removing the tires will help you get to everything a little easier.
The rear bar is an MRT/Whiteline bar and and it was around $170 I think. You must get the heavy duty mounting kit to use any bar bigger than 22mm on the rear or you will bend the stock mounts. The mounting kit was around $94. The rear bar and mounting kit went right on with no hassles at all.
Have you noticed with a stiffer suspension (with stock front bar and larger rear bar) that the rear inside tire will loose traction and spin during hard cornering? Does the stiffer front bar fix this or is this a normal occurance?
I am running Version 5 struts and 5zigen springs. I am a little overdamped for the first coil or so, but after that the damping and sprign rate is matched nicely. I will probably get rid of the 5Zigens some time in the near future and either get a full adjustable coilover set, or replace them with a good linear spring that matches the version 5 damping well.
Still haven't had a solo II here yet. I will update at that point, but so far I LOVE this sway bar setup. The steering is ultra precise.
What do you have access to in the way of Coil overs?
Right now I am thinking one of three ways: a set of the Bilstein PSS 9 which are readily available now, a set of Ohlins PCV, which will be hard to get, or save up and get a set of the triple adjustable Proflex coil overs. But I am always looking for other options.