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Old 10-02-2009, 10:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The I4 has a 20mm swaybar on the front.

Can someone verify if it's the same on the V6?

Wondering if by some chance the stars would align and I could upgrade my swaybar . . .

Thanks guys.

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D'oh! Sorry about that Ernie, I forgot to check that for you.
I just went out to the garage with my caliper but realized that I'm not sure where it should be and I couldn't see any suspension parts anyway due to the plastic under panels.

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iirc the i4 bar can be upgraded... hell racing beat lists it for the i4. the v6 bar is 21 mm... which is wat im pulling up as stock on the i4 also
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Hehe - no problem Mike, figured you were busy.

You have to "fish" around until you feel something like a swaybar. Unless you've upgraded or worked on one before, you could miss it.

Marky, this is the gen 2 . . . nothing aftermarket exists except braces . . .
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QUOTE (Ernie @ Oct 2 2009, 07:31 PM)
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The I4 has a 20mm swaybar on the front.

Can someone verify if it's the same on the V6?

Wondering if by some chance the stars would align and I could upgrade my swaybar . . .

Thanks guys.

-Ernie[/b]
Interesting you mention 20 mm. I received an e-mail response from Mazda Canada that the front is 22mm and the back 20mm. I don't know if because the Canadian I4 GT comes with 18" wheels, the sway bar is different than the US model with 17" wheels.
If you are thinking of putting in a V6 bar because it may be bigger, the local Mazda dealer said the bushings are the same (part/size) for the 4 and 6 cylinder models but the bar shape is different as the cross-member differs.
I have looked for an aftermarket bar and have concluded that until one is made, changing the bushings is all that can be done on the sway bar front.
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I just noticed the front bushing has a "22" embossed in the rubber if anyone is wondering about the size of their front bar. I couldn't see a similar marking on the back bushing but that is not to say it isn't there.
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Thanks Fudd; the shape may be the game-killer here.

I've got a rotation coming up this weekend, so I'll poke around for markings.

Thanks for looking.

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An update/correction to an earlier post. I changed the back sway bar bushing and realized it is 22 mm, not 20 as indicated to me by Mazda Canada. The front bushings are marked "22", the back ones are not, other than FoMoCo and a part number 9M81-5493-AO.
Just changing the rear bushing from rubber to urethane made a noticeable difference. We'll see what happens when I change the front ones as well! We will also see if regular ones will fit as the stock bushings are taller than most.
I have a GT I4, manual with 18" wheels and I don't know it the bar is any different with 17 or 18 inch wheels.
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QUOTE (Fudd @ Dec 10 2009, 03:33 PM)
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An update/correction to an earlier post. I changed the back sway bar bushing and realized it is 22 mm, not 20 as indicated to me by Mazda Canada. The front bushings are marked "22", the back ones are not, other than FoMoCo and a part number 9M81-5493-AO.
Just changing the rear bushing from rubber to urethane made a noticeable difference. We'll see what happens when I change the front ones as well! We will also see if regular ones will fit as the stock bushings are taller than most.
I have a GT I4, manual with 18" wheels and I don't know it the bar is any different with 17 or 18 inch wheels.
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Where'd you pick up the new bushings?
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QUOTE (Ernie @ Dec 11 2009, 05:03 PM)
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Where'd you pick up the new bushings?[/b]
I picked them up from a local dealer, PDM Racing. Energy Suspension is carried by many, many places including some US wide chains, according to their website so I suspect you needn't venture far to find some locally. They are available in red or black.
I see Moog has a "thermoplastic" universal bushing which they claim as having the handling benefits of urethane without the noise. Prothane are also widely available. Whiteline is yet another brand that has universal sizes.
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