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Nex
05-08-2004, 04:03 PM
Are there currently any aftermarket sway bars for the Mazda 3?

Xenon
07-04-2004, 12:07 AM
Someone posted something in M3F a while back... But looking under the hood (I got a GT) with all that plastic casing (I know it can be removed) and there is a vap in the way at the top of the engine bay where the bar would go....

Will it fit? I think the sound absorbion material on the hood will have to go...

Nex
07-04-2004, 12:20 PM
You\'re probably talking about a front upper strut bar. Sway bars are bars that go under your car both front and rear. The only ones I\'ve seen so far is Mazdaspeed ones, but they\'re expensive!

Xenon
07-08-2004, 07:03 PM
think Mazda Japan will have some? I\'m pretty sure the Mazdaspeed Axela has them.

FLIPDADY
07-21-2004, 04:48 PM
Front upper strut bar through Japanparts.com. Not sure if it\'s a Mazdaspeed but the price is like $383.92.


http://img75.photobucket.com/albums/v228/FLIPSPEED/018-712.jpg

Xenon
07-21-2004, 06:06 PM
Ooooo... I\'ll be getting one of those....

bluntman
07-21-2004, 06:50 PM
That\'s in Canadian dollars too, which isn\'t too bad.

Xenon
07-23-2004, 10:24 PM
Actually it is bad.

My brother\'s integra: 2 strut bars, front & back, $200 CDN, brand new

Bro\'s Lexus IS300: Front Strut - $129 USD

A strut bar for $383 is expensive. Just wait until next year, there will be tons of stuff out for the 3, just like there is for the protege.

bluntman
07-23-2004, 10:29 PM
But it\'s a \"Mazdaspeed\" part, plus (for now) it\'s only available in Japan...well OK, I see your point. However, until some else comes up with their own brace, this is your only alternative.

Actually, I remember seeing one made or distributed by AutoExe for the front and rear and it seem a little more elaborate than a simple single straight bar tying the two strut towers together.

billyfo
07-24-2004, 11:34 AM
are someone install strut (tower) bar yet? when I open the hood, I found that there\'s only little cleareance between the hood and engine.

Xenon
07-25-2004, 02:39 PM
I\'ll install one when there are more brands of them out there for the Mazda3, making the price go down. Currently they still cost over $250.

Nex
07-25-2004, 10:30 PM
I guess someone should change the thread to \"available strut bars\" instead.
In anycase, strut bars with hinges just don\'t seem sturdy enough for me. I\'ve always liked the design from neuspeed. One solid piece with no hinges for any chance of flexing.
http://www.neuspeed.com/data/images/35.20.81.jpg

whodilly
02-15-2005, 04:48 PM
Hey all,
GTSPEC has complete suspension packages: front Strut Brace, front and real lower tie brace, rear link reinforcement panel, rear v-brace and trunk reinforcement brace. They say it\'ll increase overall chassis stiffness by 30%... and hey they\'re orange to match my sunset orange hatch!!!
http://www.gtspec.com