Project STurdteen: Installing Progress Sway Bars


The Progress bar has a similar design to the OEM bar, but at 27mm vs the stock 24mm is more stout and offers 3 way adjustability.
The Progress bar is around 80% stiffer than stock in it's stiffest setting and each of the three adjustment holes equates out to about a 20% difference in stiffness. 
Again, Howard installs the nicer hard polyurethane bushings.
We didn't run into any problems with the front – it slipped right in!
Howard lines up the bars and bushings to the OEM mounting location.
The bushing bolts are tightened up and viola we are done!

One benefit of running larger sway bars is the reduced roll while cornering. Being able to adjust stiffness ratios also helps fine tune the weight transfer that can impact understeering and oversteering while drifting as well – giving me a huge competitive advantage over those who opt out of running sway bars. 

Running swaybars also greatly helps the cars handling in transitions making the car more responsive to steering input and more responsive to corrections so large steering input is not needed to control the car in drift.  Big corrections are a points deduction so if corrections are less visible its a plus.

Finally running swaybars can make a car less boat like even with soft springs that are needed for grip in a drift car setup. 

I'm pretty excited with the progress (pun intended) we have been making on the suspension overhaul on the Turd. In case you missed it, we recently installed some KW Clubsports as well. Next up we will install the Parts Shop Max parts components we overviewed. We are getting closer and closer to being able to test everything out! Stay tuned. 


Progress Group

KW Suspensions

Parts Shop Max

AEM Electronics

Wiring Specialties

Mackin Industries

Andy's Tires



HPS Performance Silicone Hoses

Earl's Performance Plumbing



Jim Wolf Technology

ISR Performance

Enjuku Racing


KBD Body Kits

GS Werks

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