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Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 2007-2014 Discussion, Front & Rear sway bars worth it? in Cadillac Escalade Forums; Looking at the Hotckis front & Rear Anti-Roll bars Found them for $501 at Tire rack I know this ...
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    Royalton is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Front & Rear sway bars worth it?

    Looking at the Hotckis front & Rear Anti-Roll bars
    Found them for $501 at Tire rack

    I know this has been discussed before but are they really worth it? Anyone who has them says its the best mod they've done. but I feel like after you spend so much on something ofcourse you will talk yourself into it being a good idea. Can I ask if it rides harder though?

    I switched from 18's to 22's so my truck doesn't have magnetic ride control and with the 22's it's a VERY rough ride around town. Every pothole I drive over is like a kick to the &%$#S. My town has horrible roads, and 95% of my driving is around town. I just purchased 4 brand new goodyear fortera sl tires to see if new tires helps a tad bit as my tires where pretty run down. It was $1500 for new tires so already I'm spending more than I wanted to.... Any advice?

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    K9Caddy is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Front & Rear sway bars worth it?

    I actually just installed these a month ago, had them sitting around forever. I do not notice any harshness in ride, but I do have the 22's with MRC. The Caddy handles MUCH better on turns and keeps you planted in the seat, instead of throwing you around.

    Cons- Installing the rear sway bar. It was a pain in the rear! I had a hard time getting the left side "dog leg" to line up. Once you start, you'll see what I'm talking about. The rest of the instal was a breeze. Also, the rear sway is so thick, it covers up the drain port on the rear diff cover. I wasn't too happy about that. If I knew that, I would of drained and filled the fluid before instal. Just a heads up...

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    hcvone is offline Cadillac Owners 10000+ Posts
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    Re: Front & Rear sway bars worth it?

    I put mods on that work, sway bars are my second mod after window tint, I don't look at 500 dollars as a major expense, and if they didn't work I would say they were junk and it was a 500 dollar lesson and remove them and move on. I am putting a 427 out of a wrecked Z06 in a 2011 platinum Escalade right now, talk about a HUGE waste of money, but I needed something to do. Yea we have a hydraulic internal expander to make the job much easier on the passenger rear side, you learn things after you do it 12 times.

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    Re: Front & Rear sway bars worth it?

    Got the same set via Soulse and I noticed a decent improvement in lateral body roll. Exit and entrance ramps at speed will net you your biggest seat of the pants feeling.

    Did I come away saying 'good god that's a great mod' - not so much, but it's a good enough improvement to be mod number 3 or 4 for me on these overweight sleds.

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    ELUSIVE is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
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    Re: Front & Rear sway bars worth it?

    I bought a set of these about 6 months ago from TireRack and they have been sitting in my dining room since.
    I need to get these installed...

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    cutterman is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: Front & Rear sway bars worth it?

    +1. Car handles so much better on turns, especially at highway speeds.

    For the DIY'er, use some penetrant oil the day before and a heavy duty 6 point socket on the 10mm bracket bolts, especially front. They were hard to get out on my 2011.

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    BEarle is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
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    I have eibach sway bars and I'm thinking about removing them. My truck rides harsh and I think it's the sway bars and my friend that's a mechanic also says the same.

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    cutomlade is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Thumbs upRe: Front & Rear sway bars worth it?

    I have the Eibachs on a 2008 ... love them... my friend has an all stock 08 and I see the difference..His rolls on turns... I can take turns much faster and controlled...GET THEM!

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