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Rear sway bar...worth it?

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by Pudge, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. Jun 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM
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    TRD rear sway bar definitely improved body roll during cornering. No noticeable difference in ride comfort over poorly paved roads. Glad I got one. DO IT! Got mine on Amazon.
     
  2. Jun 21, 2018 at 9:41 AM
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    Don't let my post about the crappy roads deter you - if the roads are paved and aren't THAT bad (a pot hole here and there is nothing) you will be fine. I mean, we have trucks, they ride like trucks and you feel the bumps. If the roads were horrendous and littered w potholes or "washboard" dirt/gravel roads then I would think twice.

    To me, the most noticeable difference when I installed the sway bar was at the stop sign at the end of my road and the left turn. It's a sharp turn on to the next road (think 45degree angle not a perpendicular 90degree turn). I would take it slow (from a stop) and it would still feel like the rear corner was up in the air. Now it's much more stable and folk don't have to "hang on" to avoid sliding around the leather seats.
     
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  3. Jun 21, 2018 at 9:43 AM
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    As far as where to buy - if you like your local dealer and like keeping $$ in town - ask your dealer to come down in price if he's high. I told the parts guy at the dealership that I could buy it online for $230 and he came down about $30 from his price and sold one to me for $235. I was more than happy to pay the $5+tax to keep it local.
     
  4. Jun 21, 2018 at 10:17 AM
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    Thanks so much everyone. It'll likely be my next mod when I have some cash
     
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  5. Jul 11, 2018 at 2:28 PM
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    eBay have the 15% off coupon code PRIMOSALE today
     
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  6. Jul 11, 2018 at 3:44 PM
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    Thanks so much. Just got one for 189 shipped!
     
  7. Jul 19, 2018 at 9:33 AM
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    Got it on today, had an extra set of hands which helped ;) took about a half hour.
    Instructions were clear. Would have been nice if they mentioned that if you have a truck with a trailer hitch you'll end up with 4 extra washers. Took me a minute to figure that out.
    Toughest part was swinging and holding it up in place while attaching bushing brackets to the U bolts. Having someone hold it would help a lot, I was lucky enough to at least have someone who know what a washer and a nut is, and hand them to me when asked.
    I can't wait to take a drive now and see how it handles. I'll retorque everything next week. Upper bolts are 84 ft lbs, lower are 48, and ubolts are 48. I assume they may shift a bit on the first few rides.

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    And yes shes wearing her swim goggles, safety first.
     
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  8. Jul 19, 2018 at 9:50 AM
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    Let us know what you think. I was also confused when I had washers left over.

    LOVE the swim goggles...sounds like something my daughter would do :rofl:
     
  9. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:19 AM
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    I need to find time to install mine this weekend, along with the TRD exhaust and S&B intake.
     
  10. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:29 AM
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    I install a RSB on all of my trucks, my T100, '02 Tundra, and most recently on my '07 Tundra.

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  11. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:34 AM
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    Planning on doing TRD FSB?
     
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  12. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:44 AM
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    No plans for the front. From what I've read it's a marginal improvement.
     
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  13. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM
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    Your bar sits quite a bit higher up in comparison with the rear diff. Are you lifted? Or lowered? I also see you have SUA leafs
     
  14. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:48 AM
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    Nope, the rear of my '07 is lowered.
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  15. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:49 AM
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    I like that look a lot. If I come into some money, a lot of money I'll lower my truck too
     
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  16. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:50 AM
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    So did you install shorter end link to keep the bar up above the pumpkin?
     
  17. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:50 AM
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    He mounted the sway bar with the U-bolts horizontally versus vertically, Sean.
     
  18. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:52 AM
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    Good eye Ron, I see it now. What's the advantage to doing this other than getting it to sit higher? Does it perform better? I'm curious if I should do this as well.
    Thanks guys, you're awesome
     
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  19. Jul 19, 2018 at 10:58 AM
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    Yes.

    Correct.

    The leaf spring packs are relocated under the axle, so the bar must be positioned higher on the axle and above the leaf springs... this makes the shorter end links necessary. It is tight, corners very well without body roll and lane changes are crisp even at higher speeds. I lowered it the least amount possible, and I am using factory length rear shocks. The front remains all stock.
     
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  20. Jul 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM
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    I have read that it performs the same way as the vertical U-Bolt install. It just raises the bar up a little more. I was tempted to mount mine this way but the way in the instructions is still above the bottom of the dif.
     
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    Put on about 100 miles the last few days and I have to say I really like it. Really tightened up the truck, body roll is so much better. The truck feels lighter going through turns. So far so good.
     
  22. Jul 22, 2018 at 12:53 AM
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    Lol that's awesome
     
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    If you are real nice @Bob might correct it for you.
     
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  27. Jul 22, 2018 at 10:22 AM
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    It took about a half hour to do it all. So not bad at all. It's possible you could just unfold lower mounts or make up some kind of quick disconnect system.
     
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    I can take more pics Tuesday

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    Check with Hellwig, they may have a quick disconnect system for their rear bar that fits the Tundra.
     
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