Front sway bar options--best choice?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chassis Upgrades' started by jimclark, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    Been thinking lately of the various upgrades/mods, etc., and on the list is a front sway bar. The most frequently mentioned options, in my experience, are the Eibach front bar and the "regular Fiesta" bar. I've also come across a Whiteline bar (I think I recall the name correctly), and I'm sure there are others. The least expensive appears to be the Ford "regular Fiesta" bar; but when it comes to cost/performance ratio, I'm not sure I know where the smart choice lies. (BTW, the Ford parts site lists a front bar "ST version", same part number [5482] as regular Fiesta bar, for $40 less when looking at it as ST version rather than others. Dunno why.)

    Anyone with particular thoughts/recommendations?
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  3. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    Watching this one...I am definitely going to swap out the front bar and am hoping to get some real world feedback from others who have done the same thing and used the car in autocross events or at least on track.
  4. k757

    k757 Active Member

    Whiteline is a top company. Their endlinks for the Subaru are hardcore.
    I have the Eibach FSB (purchased from TireRack). Even when I had my WRX, I had the Whiteline FSB. I don't have anything more than butt dyno results, but believe that the FSB is helping keep the front/drive wheels flat. Does it make me faster? I like to think so :)
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  5. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member get Konis yet?
  6. k757

    k757 Active Member

    negative on Koni. I likely won't get any or related manufacturer.
  7. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    So far I am not convinced that the front (or rear) bar needs to be changed. Perhaps some upgraded end links but IMHO the car is pretty well balanced as-is.
  8. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    I think I might see where you're coming from Alan, but my impression--based on both feel and amount of visible roll I've seen in others' cars--is that the car, front end in particular, could use a little less of that roll, keeping the inside front tire down better. That said, it's not any sort of disaster as-is; it'll be interesting to see what comes about this year with different setups. In all honesty, the thing I dream of is some adjustable crash bolts being introduced by Ford, allowing for a bit of neg. camber.
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  9. AlanBDahl

    AlanBDahl Active Member

    Roll in itself isn't bad, my Audi 90 would just about scrape the door handles in corners yet I won with it all the time. The balance seems good to me stock with the only negative being a lack of rotation at times. I'm thinking shocks will do most of what I need and I'll be able to drive around any other issues. I could be wrong but I'm not anxious to add another front bar to the pop art I have hanging on the wall of my garage until I am convinced I need it.
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  10. HayesData

    HayesData New Member

    I'll ad this to the conversation, Hotchkis has done some extensive research and they are only releasing a rear bar and endlinks for the Fiesta ST market. Hotchkis is donating one for our build project so I'll report back after that has been installed.
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  11. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    Interesting about the Hotchkis plans. Please do let us know how it goes.
  12. ElChupacabura

    ElChupacabura New Member

    New end links would be nice! Would that still keep the car in HS though?

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  13. KKaWing

    KKaWing Member

    You guys need to lurk the Hotchkis instagram a bit more. I got curious and well... see for yourself:

    Note: you don't get to see the actual product but... ahhh just watch it.

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