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    Default Re: RSB Bracket Broke AGAIN - Looking for replacement options

    Where are you located? I'm interested in buying the JBR for my Tripoint rear sways and perhaps we can save on shipping if putting an order together. The flimsy bracket that came with it had seen better days....
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    Quote Originally Posted by baymoe View Post
    Where are you located? I'm interested in buying the JBR for my Tripoint rear sways and perhaps we can save on shipping if putting an order together. The flimsy bracket that came with it had seen better days....
    MSpeed might put together a "save on shipping" order in the summer? @Fobio
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    Default Re: RSB Bracket Broke AGAIN - Looking for replacement options

    I went back to OEM sway bar, no joke. I did not want to deal with poorly engineered / sourced shit breaking on me. Brackets broke twice (corroded through), sway bar was losing its fight with winter (powder coat was cracking off at the seams and edges).

    I had the opportunity to see the OEM sway bar on another guy's speed 3 (2011 model) and it had no signs of wear, no rust, nothing. This as on the same day that Jimmy had my car up on the hoist for an oil change, same day I placed an order for a new OEM bar and brackets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elusivellama View Post
    I went back to OEM sway bar, no joke. I did not want to deal with poorly engineered / sourced shit breaking on me. Brackets broke twice, sway bar was losing its fight with winter (powder coat was cracking off at the seams and edges).
    Yup, not meant for Canadian winters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fywdyl View Post
    Yup, not meant for Canadian winters.
    Don't forget those steel locating collars. Mine were rusted all over and dripping rust juice from every orifice, and I lost one set a few months after the sway bar was installed. Just looked under my car one day to check on things and the bottom half of the collar on the passenger side was missing. I ended up going to Spanauer in Kitchener and buying identical brackets for $20 and reinstalling again. Then my bracket broke again for the 2nd time and that was when I ejected that piece of shit from my car.

    The sway bar should have been manufactured from a single bar of steel and not TIG welded together from 3 pieces - I don't care what people say, welds will always be weaker than a contiguous length of steel. Next, those locating collars should have been put into their proper locations from the shop, and the material should have been something like a stainless steel band crimped over the bar (see pic below). The brackets should have been this thick:



    Finally coat the **** out of everything with layers of thick primer and paint, not powder coat (which is a thin layer of plastic, and plastic doesn't do well in cold temps and high stress).
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    Default Re: RSB Bracket Broke AGAIN - Looking for replacement options

    FYI - the newer CS sway bar and a couple others out there are a single continuous piece now.

    I wonder what is up with these cars eating RSB/components though...I mean I haven't snapped or broken anything like you guys but I had my old CS bar bend, I've replaced one set of rusted to shit collars, I am on my third set of brackets (although all of them are still usable and one set is just because I got a new bar). I question why shit is actually breaking which I suspect might be from other components still...but they definitely don't seem to be holding up.

    Then again, pay to play and at least RSB's are cheap lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    FYI - the newer CS sway bar and a couple others out there are a single continuous piece now.

    I wonder what is up with these cars eating RSB/components though...I mean I haven't snapped or broken anything like you guys but I had my old CS bar bend, I've replaced one set of rusted to shit collars, I am on my third set of brackets (although all of them are still usable and one set is just because I got a new bar). I question why shit is actually breaking which I suspect might be from other components still...but they definitely don't seem to be holding up.

    Then again, pay to play and at least RSB's are cheap lol
    im on my second cs bar now as well as mine snapped in half a year or two ago lol. i just took a look at the collars currently on the car, and they dont look the greatest. decided im going to try the jbr competition as im not able to oversteer with the cs bar maxed out with dampening on full stiff in the rear. rsbs cost enough that you dont want to be buying one every year or two.
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    Default Re: RSB Bracket Broke AGAIN - Looking for replacement options

    Good read.

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    Default Re: RSB Bracket Broke AGAIN - Looking for replacement options

    I might need a bracket too, it sounds like mine is broken from what I heard driving to work this morning. I'll check under tonight, might order soon..

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    Quote Originally Posted by optiklenz13 View Post
    I might need a bracket too, it sounds like mine is broken from what I heard driving to work this morning. I'll check under tonight, might order soon.. GB?
    Something like this better to order alone IMO, i ordered a RSB, got charged no taxs or duty(USPS). if its small GB like 2-4 people should be good(USPS). If you get UPS not worth it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadianbacon View Post
    Something like this better to order alone IMO, i ordered a RSB, got charged no taxs or duty(USPS). if its small GB like 2-4 people should be good(USPS). If you get UPS not worth it
    Ups vs usps .. I tried an order for rear and front sway bar and it seems the weight is above usps.
    I'd say individual..

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    Default Re: RSB Bracket Broke AGAIN - Looking for replacement options

    Not ordering a sway bar, just the brackets..

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    Default Re: RSB Bracket Broke AGAIN - Looking for replacement options

    From JBR's site...

    Specifications Simulating 1" of body roll:
    Stock Sway Bar setting:
    MAZDASPEED 3 is 479 lbs/in
    MAZDA 3 & 5 is 228 lbs/in

    JBR 3-Way Adjustable Sway Bar Settings:
    Stiff setting is 593 lbs/in
    Stiffer Setting is 718 lbs/in
    Stiffest Setting is 901 lbs/in

    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    I wonder what is up with these cars eating RSB/components though...I mean I haven't snapped or broken anything like you guys but I had my old CS bar bend, I've replaced one set of rusted to shit collars, I am on my third set of brackets
    The fact that we are asking the car and it's components to deal with between 2 and 4 times the amount of stress they were originally designed for is probably part of the reason...

    Has anyone who is having issues checked for excessive pre-load on the sway bar when at static ride height ? Do you park the car on uneven surfaces ? Either of those could cause the bar and the brackets to be loaded more than usual and lead to premature wear/fatigue/failure...

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    Default Re: RSB Bracket Broke AGAIN - Looking for replacement options

    Sorry to revive the thread, but my jbr bracket broke today =(, called Jimmy, he told me to use cloth hanger to tie the bar to the body for now.
    I am planning to get the http://www.jamesbaroneracing.com/sho...2nu4mde470o6g0
    I know it's more expensive, but I hate to have it break again.

    There's probably no warranty for my existing ones right? given that it seems like a common issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgrad2012 View Post
    Sorry to revive the thread, but my jbr bracket broke today =(, called Jimmy, he told me to use cloth hanger to tie the bar to the body for now.
    I am planning to get the http://www.jamesbaroneracing.com/sho...2nu4mde470o6g0
    I know it's more expensive, but I hate to have it break again.

    There's probably no warranty for my existing ones right? given that it seems like a common issue.
    Ever thought of contacting JBR and asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgrad2012 View Post
    Sorry to revive the thread, but my jbr bracket broke today =(, called Jimmy, he told me to use cloth hanger to tie the bar to the body for now.
    I am planning to get the http://www.jamesbaroneracing.com/sho...2nu4mde470o6g0
    I know it's more expensive, but I hate to have it break again.

    There's probably no warranty for my existing ones right? given that it seems like a common issue.
    I dont think he will warranty that part but try contacting him and see but I would still get the newer brackets. You wont have to worry about those breaking

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    Default Re: RSB Bracket Broke AGAIN - Looking for replacement options

    He won't warranty the bracket if it rusted through. If it broke from normal use, he may.
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    Default Re: RSB Bracket Broke AGAIN - Looking for replacement options

    Replaced the brackets with the big hunks o' steel yday. Feels good to drive a normal car again. Hopefully I don't have to get under there again to fix anything anymore.

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