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Old Sun, Apr-12-2015, 10:05:52 PM   #1
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Default Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

My heavier duty Eibach bar appears to have blown out my aging front end links so they need to be replaced. I don't really need adjustable links but I was thinking 'why not' as they're not prohibitively expensive. I've heard that I should avoid end links with Heim joints if I want to avoid clunking (I do).

It seems like both Turner and Motion Motorsport have ball joint based adjustable end links, Motion are $30 less expensive.

Turner Motorsport option $160

Motion Motorsport option $130

Does anyone have experience with either of these or have any advice or alternatives to throw out there?
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

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My heavier duty Eibach bar appears to have blown out my aging front end links so they need to be replaced. I don't really need adjustable links but I was thinking 'why not' as they're not prohibitively expensive. I've heard that I should avoid end links with Heim joints if I want to avoid clunking (I do).

It seems like both Turner and Motion Motorsport have ball joint based adjustable end links, Motion are $30 less expensive.

Turner Motorsport option $160

Motion Motorsport option $130

Does anyone have experience with either of these or have any advice or alternatives to throw out there?


there probably both about equal, turner sells nice stuff as it seems motion does as well (love my underpannel). they might even be the same hardware, they look alot alike. but there was a thread about motion on bimmer forums recently, i dont know how its pogressed, but it seems MM might not be keeping up with orders as well as a large company does. that said if your not really low, or want to dial out bar preload i dont think id spend the money, ive eaten a few sets of heim joints and now run oem links all around. other then that my rear bar contacts my lower control arms in an out of steep drive ways,adjustable links seem to make no difference, i cant notice the effect of sway bar preload on the street. and im not low enough to warrant longer links.
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...that said if your not really low, or want to dial out bar preload i dont think id spend the money, ive eaten a few sets of heim joints and now run oem links all around. other then that my rear bar contacts my lower control arms in an out of steep drive ways,adjustable links seem to make no difference, i cant notice the effect of sway bar preload on the street. and im not low enough to warrant longer links.
No, I'm not very low so this is valuable insight, thanks. Maybe I should save a few $ for other things.

And who the heck are these guys selling BMW suspension parts for next to nothing? Karlyn (apparently American) - love their Web 1.0 site - http://www.karlynsti.com/ . Have they really tooled up for these parts? I'm not looking to buy but am interested in the back story.
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I've always run OE endlinks with every suspension. They're very robust and do what they need to do. I've never understood the adjustable link hype for street cars. Save your money.
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

Adjustable are a must for corner balancing coilovers.

Definitely stick with ball joint sealed style.
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Adjustable are a must for corner balancing coilovers.

Definitely stick with ball joint sealed style.
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EricSMG must love preloaded sway bars.
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EricSMG must love preloaded sway bars.
And why do you think you have preload? And what difference will a few pounds make on a street car?
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

Why would you not corner balance and remove pre-load for a street car?
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

Why would you waste that time and money? The car works awesome without it. Let's not split hairs here.

The VAST majority of people run adjustable endlinks because someone on the intewebs said "you'll get preload if you don't" (which is complete BS) and not because they intend to actually corner balance their car.

OE links are robust and maintenance free. Spend money on things that matter like tires.
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I already bought good tires and have money left over.
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