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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 ...
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    eric96816 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Hotchkis Sway bars (part #2284)

    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 :

    Link 20822934 2ea 20.57
    Clamp 25933429 2ea 5.61
    Bolt 11515775 2ea 2.64
    Nut 11516078 4ea 2.64

    Although specified for a Corvette C6, the sway bars were easy to install. The corvette shop charged me 3 hours ($200) to install the bars. I am glad I invested in the sway bars!

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    Re: Hotchkis Sway bars (part #2284)

    You could have done them yourself and saved some money... it doesn't take 3 hours... maybe one.

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...sway-bars.html

    But they do improve the rear swing out on corners... a lot.

    One side note... after about 8 months, the bushings on mine started squeaking... I haven't gotten around to lubing them yet, but just an FYI

    Which corvette shop did you use to install them?

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    Re: Hotchkis Sway bars (part #2284)

    Chuck's Corvette in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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    Re: Hotchkis Sway bars (part #2284)

    Is this sway bar really needed and noticeable if you are driving the car normally.

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    Smile Re: Hotchkis Sway bars (part #2284)

    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.

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    Re: Hotchkis Sway bars (part #2284)

    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.

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