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Old 04-05-2004, 11:43 PM   #1
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I mentioned upgrading my sways, and willwren said I should go with the sways from an SSEi, So I called around and found a set off a 94 SSEi that wrapped a pole. The sways look good, and close to what mine look like aside frome size.

Will these sways work?

What other parts should I grab off the "Donor" car to make the swap?

Will the Autozone/Advance guy know what Energy Suspension bushing and links I will need? If not, what are the part numbers?
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They should have a couple types of sway bar links. They do not differentiate based upon trim level, however one is "performance" and one is normal.
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Energy suspension makes all four peices I see hooked to the sways right? two to the car, two to the suspension arms...
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The endlinks you should get from energy suspension at Autozone. The frame bushings and clamps will NOT work from energy suspension on your car. You need the stock clamps and bushings from the donor car for the front and rear bar to frame mount locations.
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so the sway bars off a ssei are bigger the an se. How much bigger are we talking and will this make a big difference in handleing?????
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For your sake, I hope the earlier front sway bar setup is way different from my 2000 SSEi. I consider myself pretty mechanically inclined, having done engine and transmission rebuilds and a frame off restoration. However, the front bar on mine was the closest I ever came to having my car towed off and having someone finish the job.
I had to disconnect the exhaust, disconnect the tie rods and disconnect the engine to get it to move. All to get the bar from one side to the other.
The good news was the rear bar took about an hour.
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So far, it looks like I can shade tree the front in a saturday, and do the rear quite quickly. The SE front is 41, SSEi is 43mm, SE rear is 17mm, SSEi is 43. Or atleast I hear, Haven't had a chance to micro them.

I've been reveiwing my videos of my races, and 'm getting about 15 inches of body roll, led by the rear.
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is an ssei 43mm all the way around??
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That'* what I hear, when the car gets shipped to the junkyard here (I found it in Mena Arkansas, had them ship it here) and I get what I need off it, I'll measure them. But I'm sure the guys at the junkyard would think me nuts if I walked in there with a micrometer...
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M'Kay, Got the bars today. My front is 30.027mm and the new one is 32.153mm. My rear is 17.005mm the new is 22.036mm
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