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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Mon, Apr-13-2015, 03:44:59 PM   #11
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

sway bars are for dialing in your suspension and making small adjustments. Without adjustable end links you literally cannot do that. So why get aftermarket swaybars in the first place?

I will preface this by saying that with certain coil overs with an adjustable swaybar tab like AST's you can run OE endlinks like i do.
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

Other than the higher cost, you can run OE-like adjustable end links. Not sure why we are making a focal point out of OE reliability. Everyone knows clevis joint style end links are eventually horrible on the street. Even if you didn't want to take a gamble on $130 MM links, you could make your own out of OEM Lemforders.
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

for what it's worth, i have the motion ones on the z3m. they're nice.
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for what it's worth, i have the motion ones on the z3m. they're nice.
Thanks Andrew, good to know. I'm actually shopping OE style adjustable end links now.
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Old Mon, Apr-13-2015, 07:40:52 PM   #15
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

I have the Turner adjustables and they are great. I would suspect the MMs are good as well.
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

For those that do have adjustables, how often do you adjust them or is it 'set and forget'?

For those that can't see my sig I have Eibach bars and springs, the bar itself is adjustable (via end link mounting position), but the stock end links are reused. I assume this is because Eibach have determined the stock links are the correct length for this application but who knows? The kit did come with replacement rear end links.

As it turns out I've ordered standard replacements.
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

Once you get your height figured out then you adjust the endlinks so you have no preload on the bar (and the end of the bar is parallel to the ground). So pretty much set and forget.
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

I installed the mason end links. Spendy at $175 but they use the chromoly end links which supposedly hold up much better. You can get covers for the end links but for now I am tired of constant maintenance. The myth that you can build links for less is pretty much just that. Good parts are very expensive like $40 per end so by the time you do all that you could just do it right.

To take out preload make sure vehicle is level and shim tires underneath as needed. Loosen the lock nuts. With car on ground and suspension settled, reach under and twist the adjuster until you find the center of adjustment where it is easiest to twist and thus unloaded. Jack up car and lock down the nuts. You should have already set ride height before this.

I used a shadetree corner balancing method involving jacking one end exactly in the center and levelling the other end. You put a piece of angle iron on the jack to allow that end to balance. Sways must be disconnected of course. Not as good as scales but the car is handling noticeably better at the limit after this work.
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For those that do have adjustables, how often do you adjust them or is it 'set and forget'?

For those that can't see my sig I have Eibach bars and springs, the bar itself is adjustable (via end link mounting position), but the stock end links are reused. I assume this is because Eibach have determined the stock links are the correct length for this application but who knows? The kit did come with replacement rear end links.

As it turns out I've ordered standard replacements.
set it and forget it. If you are lowered at all, you need adjustable links to truly fine tune the system. If you get a quality alignment and corner balance then it's an adjust it and leave it kind of deal.

The stock links are probably fine at stock ride height but by changing ride height you're changing many other factors which necessitates adjustability to dial out pre-load and truly optimize the sway bars maximize their function.
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Default Re: Best Adjustable Sway Bar Links?

I went with AKG's adjustable end links...just haven't installed yet.
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