Cadillac XLR Forum Discussion, Hotchkis Sway bars (part #2284) in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I just installed Hotchkis sway bars (part #2284) on my '04 XLR. The bars greatly improved the corning of the ...
I just installed Hotchkis sway bars (part #2284) on my '04 XLR. The bars greatly improved the corning of the car! In order to install the rear sway bar (XLR 4.6 does not have a rear sway bar) I purchased the following from GMpartsdirect.com :
I think the rear swaybar upgrade is a nice upgrade for the money. If you don't spend a lot of time driving the car hard, you probably won't miss it. For the occasions when I'm driving on curvaceous roads I like the way it keeps the car flat and allows me to push the car a little harder than I would have without it. I bought the C6 swaybar kit for less than $200 from gmpartsdirect and it took close to an hour to install myself, without ramps. Bolt-on perfomance mods are few for the XLR, and this one is a bargain. A torque wrench is the only special tool required.
As "CC" mentioned, there are not that many bolt-on upgrades for the XLR, which is one of the reasons I installed sway bars front and rear. The rear sway bar probably only engages and makes a difference when taking a turn at a much higher-than-posted speed limit, which I like to do on occasion. The rear sway bar increases my confidence when taking corners at higher than normal speeds. I also lowered the rear about 1 inch to match the front which I am sure helps on the turns - it also makes the car look sportier. I am glad I installed both sway bars even though I have few opportunies to take turns at high speeds since we have a limited amount of roadways here in Honolulu, Hawaii.