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Old February 11th, 2004, 04:42 PM   #1
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Comptech sway bars installed (not 56k friendly)

Just got them in yesterday and installed them today. Fairly simple install although I would recommend that you purchase 4 #7 or #8 washers. The sway bars require you to use your stock bolts but the head of the bolts are almost to narror and slide right through the brackets. I noticed this problem with the bars for the 6th gen too.

Overall, great performance from the bars. Comparing it to my 6th gen which had tokico blue shocks, h&r springs, and some rimgs, I think the 7th gen is more neutral and this is the only suspension mod i've done to it. It's kind of wierd driving a fwd car that's as neutral handling as this. It doesn't really take away the "boat" effect though. If I go through some S turns really hard you can still feel weight shifting from one end of the car to the other. I guess thats where lowering the center of gravity helps.

First 3 photos are comparing stock to comptech. Last photo is comptech installed. Install tooka bout 30 minutes.




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Old February 11th, 2004, 04:53 PM   #2
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sweeet..how much did it cost u? and where?
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Old February 11th, 2004, 04:55 PM   #3
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Thanks Man!!!! I am amazed with the size difference between the stock and the c-tech...cant wait to get mine now.
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Old February 11th, 2004, 06:04 PM   #4
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Sweet!!! The size difference is crazy! Give us some more reviewage once you get some more experience on it.

Good idea jacking the car on an incline... gives ya some more room to work.

Does the bar come with polyurethane bushings? Did you tape them?

see_fu you're my new hero, I can't wait to get mine in the spring!
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Old February 11th, 2004, 06:17 PM   #5
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Well I normally wouldn't jack a car on an incline. It feels kind of wierd knowing that my hand breaks active the rear wheels but their up in the air. If anything I would recommend jacking the car up on a flat surface whenever possible.
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Old February 11th, 2004, 10:03 PM   #6
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Congrats on the Comptech bar.

I know the size difference is what hits you first. My 19mm bar looked big - your 22 is huge. I'm sure you felt the weight difference - its like adding 25 lbs

I'm very interested to hear your evaluations. I'd like to know if you can slide the rear out/oversteer.

I'm pretty close to dead on neutral with the remaining stock suspension. After getting used to my 19mm, I can drift it a little - sliding the whole car (front AND rear) on dry pavement. Obviously no practical use in daily driving, but a fun & dramatic way to get attention in the right place

Keep us posted - If your bar is better, I may step up to it.
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Old February 11th, 2004, 10:48 PM   #7
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I just ordered mine! So excited!! I'm gonna have it installed some ricer shop...do you think they will have washers or do i need to go find some myself?
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Old February 11th, 2004, 11:12 PM   #8
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I would say most likely they won't use any simply because the Comptech instructions doesn't mention them. I don't think its really necessary, but I didn't feel to comfrotable with how little surface area the bolt was holding onto.
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Old February 11th, 2004, 11:14 PM   #9
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Why not DIY, it's easier than an intake install! Buy some jack stands and a jack and heck, you can even change your own oil!
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Old February 11th, 2004, 11:33 PM   #10
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Well it's sucks that i have to go out and search for some washers again...but then again when i installed front sways on my 4runner b4 and i had to buy the nut's and bots myself too. I'm not sure how much money Comptech is saving by not providing these two simple washers that would allow proper translation of the force from the bolts. If its tat obvious to you that it's necessary...makes me question what kinda engineers they have working at comptech...if any.. They might know about racing....but nothing about building something that will need to endure years of harsh daily driving.
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Old February 11th, 2004, 11:47 PM   #11
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Well the 6th gen accord had the same problem, but I haven't heard any complaints about it yet so I"m guessing it's ok. Comptech isn't saving a lot of money on those washers. I bout 4 at 5 cents each which means cost for the hardware store is probbaly 1/2 cent.

Like I said I dont' think its necessary, but it just seemed a little to small for me.
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Old February 12th, 2004, 05:38 AM   #12
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I wonder which is a better setup ,haveing the acura 04 TL front a rear sways or the comptech bar.
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Old February 12th, 2004, 08:25 AM   #13
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Re: Comptech sway bars installed (not 56k friendly)

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Originally posted by see_fu on February 11th, 2004 at 06:42 PM

Just got them in yesterday and installed them today.

Ok, you keep saying "bars" and "them", but I only see the rear bar. What about the front bar? Did you change it? Or is it the rear only?
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Old February 12th, 2004, 09:55 AM   #14
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I got the worse grammar of anyone here! It's only the rear bar
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Old February 12th, 2004, 11:30 AM   #15
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Old February 13th, 2004, 02:24 AM   #16
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what did you change the front with?
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Old February 13th, 2004, 02:43 AM   #17
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do you know if it fit the i4 2004 coupe?
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Old February 13th, 2004, 08:20 AM   #18
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ok, now I can see em. Looks quite bigger. Hey, how come ur car has a raviloli can on the back. Stop feeding the air ravioli!! I can see it in the last picture. How would the car sound if u remove the mufflers. I see that they're bolted on. I think it will be a good idea to hear it without it.
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Old February 13th, 2004, 01:54 PM   #19
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Old February 15th, 2004, 06:39 AM   #20
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Alright, my c-tech is in the mail....the anticipation is killing me!!
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Where is a good place to buy it?
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Old February 16th, 2004, 06:07 AM   #22
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I sucked it up and bought straight from c-tech's website
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Old February 20th, 2004, 12:04 AM   #23
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Ok, got my sway bar from C-tech. I must say the packaging was excellent, unlike other companies who have parts that are being damaged in transport. It took my girl friend and I about 45 mins to put it on. I would have to say this is a very worth while investment. I am really able to feel a difference when I push the car, and it feels more stable during more typical every day driving. There is still a fair amount of body roll- but a good set of shocks and springs will make this one hell of a cornering machine. I didnt experience much, if any, decrease in ride quality. This mod is not for the faint of heart though...on the wet roads I was able to get the rear end to start coming around, but that was only when I really pushed it, and was easliy controlled through throttle changes. In fact, I really like having the ability to tip the rear out, it can really allow for fast cornering, but only if you know what your doing. I drove my girl friends 6-speed back to back with mine after adding bar...I can feel quite the difference- needless to say I just ordered another bar- this one is for hers.
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Old February 20th, 2004, 01:18 AM   #24
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I am really able to feel a difference when I push the car, and it feels more stable during more typical every day driving. There is still a fair amount of body roll- but a good set of shocks and springs will make this one hell of a cornering machine. I didnt experience much, if any, decrease in ride quality. This mod is not for the faint of heart though...on the wet roads I was able to get the rear end to start coming around, but that was only when I really pushed it, and was easliy controlled through throttle changes.
I believe you're still experiencing some body roll because the Comptech anti-sway bar kit replaces only the rear bar. That could also explain the oversteer during extreme handling situations. Others have noted similar response from their cars when only the rear bar was replaced with a larger one.

Of all the sway-bar options being discussed on this forum, I am very surprised I haven't come across anyone who has bought and installed the kit from Suspension Techniques. IINM, that kit comprises two bars, which makes it IMO a complete solution. Having done this mod on other cars, I would think twice before changing only one bar on my current vehicle.
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I disagree Apollon. The front sway bar stock is huge! 25mm! blu6speed mentioned that he could get the rear to come around when it was wet out only when he pushed it. On dry roads I'm betting it's pretty close to neutral.

Upgrading the front bar to anything bigger is just going to cause more understeer.
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We won't know for certain until someone actually has the interest in doing the mod. Who knows, maybe I'll be the first. I'm starting to get tired of the roll myself, LOL...
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This mod is not for the faint of heart though...on the wet roads I was able to get the rear end to start coming around, but that was only when I really pushed it, and was easliy controlled through throttle changes. In fact, I really like having the ability to tip the rear out, it can really allow for fast cornering, but only if you know what your doing.
Do you have the stock tires still on?
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Yeah still running the stock tires, but come summer they will be out the door in exchange for a nice set of performance tires!
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Will this cause any wear on any stock suspension components, if this is the only suspension mod done?

Who wants to set up a group buy?
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Old February 20th, 2004, 06:51 PM   #30
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Originally posted by blu6speed on February 19th, 2004 at 11:04 PM

Ok, got my sway bar from C-tech. I must say the packaging was excellent, unlike other companies who have parts that are being damaged in transport. It took my girl friend and I about 45 mins to put it on. I would have to say this is a very worth while investment. I am really able to feel a difference when I push the car, and it feels more stable during more typical every day driving. There is still a fair amount of body roll- but a good set of shocks and springs will make this one hell of a cornering machine. I didnt experience much, if any, decrease in ride quality. This mod is not for the faint of heart though...on the wet roads I was able to get the rear end to start coming around, but that was only when I really pushed it, and was easliy controlled through throttle changes. In fact, I really like having the ability to tip the rear out, it can really allow for fast cornering, but only if you know what your doing. I drove my girl friends 6-speed back to back with mine after adding bar...I can feel quite the difference- needless to say I just ordered another bar- this one is for hers.
Isn't it wierd how the car controls so neutral but yet its still got that body roll. First time I took the car around I couldn't decide if I liked it or not
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