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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Thu, May-03-2012, 03:07:14 PM   #11
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GC sways, although nice, may be overkill for the street. If this is a street car, stick with the Turners/H&R.

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+1... plus sways are fine tuning. "beefy" sways shouldn't be used to take the slack out of soft coilovers. Unless you're truly tracking the hell out of the car, you shouldn't need them anyway if you have the proper coilover kit set up.
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GC sways, although nice, may be overkill for the street. If this is a street car, stick with the Turners/H&R.

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+1... plus sways are fine tuning. "beefy" sways shouldn't be used to take the slack out of soft coilovers. Unless you're truly tracking the hell out of the car, you shouldn't need them anyway if you have the proper coilover kit set up.
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But hey, this forum is full of people who put race parts on their street driven cars... guess that makes them racecar drivers.....

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Old Sun, May-06-2012, 04:19:55 AM   #13
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The voices of reason.

But hey, this forum is full of people who put race parts on their street driven cars... guess that makes them racecar drivers.....

because racecar.....
Or some people just like to do things right the first time. Never did I state whether or not the OP was a capable driver, nor do I care. He asked for info in effort to make an educated purchase, I gave him the best of my knowledge. Now do I personally own the GC swaybar or any aftermarket bar at the moment for that matter, no. This is because I understand that this bar may be something I need to grow into. For now my AST's are plenty.

I would however prefer to buy the GC when I am infact ready for multiple reasons. As stated before the GC bar is light and fully adjustable. Furthermore not all bars come with endlinks, the GC does. Etc

OP, depending on what your currently running for suspension, an aggressive swaybar setting may be overkill and in turn damage/rip your mounts due to excessive stress (or so I have heard).

Goodluck and give us feedback once you make a purchase.
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Old Sun, May-06-2012, 06:12:23 AM   #14
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just got my oem setup swapped out for the GC sways. amazing feeling with the upgrade. i cannot wait to truly test it out at the track in 2 weeks. the turn in so crisp now and the car responses so sharply with throttle inputs within a turn.

one thing i noticed with the oem setup was that it felt that the car would lag on settling in at turn in, even with my MCS setup and spring rates. now with the GC sways, there's just no waiting. it sets in, turns in, and asks for more in the next turn. i know i'll definitely hafta adjust to this new sensation when i get out to the track next.

can you achieve this with other bars? prolly you could. however my race shop that i go to for most of my suspension and track prep work likes to work with GC sways cuz of their infinite adjustments for the front bar and more options for the rear bar. having options is valuable and GC is the winner in this case.

the only thing to be aware of is that depending on the shock setup that you have, the rear bar may have super tight tolerances between the control arms and/or the subframe. so make sure you install it correctly or bring it to a competent shop.
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Old Sun, May-06-2012, 06:17:29 AM   #15
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GC sways, although nice, may be overkill for the street. If this is a street car, stick with the Turners/H&R.

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I will be going Turner. Pretty much maintenance free. The GC while very nice, require lubrication.
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one of the issues why i didn't do gc from the start was because i drove the car on the street. my car sees about 600-1000 miles a year, and they are highway and track miles, so i can handle the need for maintenance.

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Old Sun, May-06-2012, 07:53:55 AM   #16
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I would've gotten GC if I didn't get a good deal on my Hotchkis bars. The only reason for this is because the price difference between them wasn't big enough for me (~$40) to get anything else (Turner/H&R/Hotchkis). Then a deal came up and I grabbed them. Although most of the 3 adjustable don't come with end links you can use your current ones and if not you can buy adjustable front end links for $100.

How much you're going to need "Infinite adjustability?" Seriously...overkill for most.
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Old Sun, May-06-2012, 05:56:51 PM   #17
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has anyone tried the new Hotchiks sway bars? they are adjustable like GC, not to sure if they require lubrication tho. I know there a new brand in the BMW Market, I had these on old Ford lightning when i droped it and they worked great. I think when im in the market for swaybars for the M I think i might end up trying these out..anyone have experience with these bars yet?
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has anyone tried the new Hotchiks sway bars? they are adjustable like GC, not to sure if they require lubrication tho. I know there a new brand in the BMW Market, I had these on old Ford lightning when i droped it and they worked great. I think when im in the market for swaybars for the M I think i might end up trying these out..anyone have experience with these bars yet?
I have been curious about the Hotchkis bar, it was a great bar for the 350z platform. Could be a good choice if it's not heavy and cheap enough to justify buying new end links ontop.
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i might go with a turner set just cause im mostly a street driver with a couple solo events a year.
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You only need front sways fyi.
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