NTPOG Neuspeed Rear Anti-Sway Bar|
Author: William Howell
Upon opening the Neuspeed box, I noticed
that the Neuspeed rear sway bar is of top notch quality. The powder
coating is very thick, and a very glossy black. Neuspeed even supplies
new mounting brackets that are much, much beefier than the stock brackets.
The Neuspeed brackets are welded steel, while the stock brackets are stamped
steel. The bushing brackets and the mounting brackets are powder
coated as well. The bar is also the largest that you can buy for the 5Gen at 28mm!
The bar should be a simple bolt in
install, but since the Neuspeed mounting brackets use three bolts instead
of two, like the stock ones, you have to move some stuff to get all the
bolt holes to line up. On the passenger side, the muffler heat shield
is bolted in at one of the mounting bolts for the bracket. You have
to remove this bolt, slip the bracket under the heat shield, and then bolt
everything back together. The driver's side is another story.
There is a bracket that holds the gas filler neck in place (circled in
yellow in the center picture below), this is much more sturdy than the
heat shield for the muffler. I had to pursuade the bracket into place
with the filler neck bracket on top of the Neuspeed bracket (if you mount
the filler neck bracket on before the Neuspeed bracket, it won't fit flush
against the body). After that, it is a simple bolt on install.
After I installed the bar, I noticed one other difference. The
ends of the bar are not perpendicular to the ground like the stock bar.
They are actually canted inward. This shouldn't present much of a problem,
but I found it irritating to get my custom endlinks to line up properly
because I had used the stock bar as a template. I ended up having
new spacers machined since the original ones I had ended up being too long.
I have not tried installing this bar with the stock endlinks, but the stock
endlinks have more misalignment range than my custom endlinks, so I do
not think there would be any problems.
The Suspension Techniques sway bar fit slighly better than the Neuspeed,
however clearances on the Neuspeed are better. The Suspension Techniques
swaybar is almost too narrow. If you shift it to the left, the right
endlink will rub on the muffler hanger, if you shift it right, the left
side will rub on the fender. The Neuspeed bar is a little wider which
alleviates this problem.
It's hard for me to say exactly how
the rear bar alone affected the handling of my car because I changed spring
rates, damper valving, and tires at the same time I did the sway bar install.
I can say that after doing these mods, the car "digs" into the turns more.
I don't feel the front end sliding as much as I used to, but again, I don't
know if I can attribute this solely to the rear sway bar.
One thing I liked about the Suspension Techniques bar is that is had
fewer bends in it than the Neuspeed bar. I am not sure what affect
this has on overall stiffness, but the Neuspeed bar is much stiffer than
the ST bar. Here is a comparison of the two bars as viewed from underneath
the rear of the car.
For comments or questions, e-mail me.
This page last updated 4/3/01.