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Last week I just completely rebuilt my rear swaybar setup, new hardware (stock). Today I walk into Pep Boys and they´ve got a Prothane Motion Control kit for the Escort GT / Mazda Protege, etc. It´s the LAST one on the shelf and it´s discounted to $9. NINE BUCKS. Got 8 red poly bushings and 8 nice sized washers. This is what I´ve been looking for but didn´t want to order online and then wait for it to come etc etc. Plus it´s less than half of what Energy Suspension wanted for same type of kit.

Good deal for me - I´m installing on Thursday and will write about the response. Just changing the worn out hardware made a noticeable difference so I´m really looking forward to this!
 

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It was on the shelf. I saw it purely by chance.

Since putting on the poly bushings, I´ve also replaced the plastic spacer units with small diameter steel washers - got enough of them to equal 75% the height of the original spacer. So the bar ends sit a little higher than stock. Makes the car more responsive sooner.
 

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Actually the guy at the auto parts stor told me to just get a sway bar off a GT and it´s thicker and comes with the pol bushings. Anyone know for sure if I can put a GT sway bar on a LX and if it comes with poly bushings?
 

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10-04-2003 at 15:14, zzyzzx wrote:
Actually the guy at the auto parts stor told me to just get a sway bar off a GT and it´s thicker and comes with the pol bushings. Anyone know for sure if I can put a GT sway bar on a LX and if it comes with poly bushings?
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The GT does NOT come with poly bushings. It´s the same rubber as on the LXs. And is prone to harden and deteriorate.
 

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Who makes those Bushings :-o Even with the exchange that´s a killer deal. Even better if I can find them locally.

Also, does anyone know if they make a front bushing set for a 2nd gen. LX?

Or will a set for a same year protege fit the escort?

Matt :cool:
 

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10-04-2003 at 15:14, zzyzzx wrote:
Actually the guy at the auto parts stor told me to just get a sway bar off a GT and it´s thicker and comes with the pol bushings. Anyone know for sure if I can put a GT sway bar on a LX and if it comes with poly bushings?
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I said this in another thread too, but you wanna get the sway bar off a wagon, it is the thickest stock sway bar and it will fit on the LX or the GT.

Steve
 

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THE WAGON AND GT are supposed to bethe same size, there is a diffrence int he treatment or the the metal its self to compensate for the weight
and they will fir onto the zx2 also since we have put them on them
 

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10-04-2003 at 17:17, aliennation95gt wrote:
THE WAGON AND GT are supposed to bethe same size, there is a diffrence int he treatment or the the metal its self to compensate for the weight
and they will fir onto the zx2 also since we have put them on them
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Yeah I believe they are the same diameter but the wagon sway bar is solid while the GT is not. ??

Steve
 

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10-04-2003 at 21:17, bpletch1 wrote:
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Exactly how do I know if I need to order the 3/4 or 15/16 size?

Exactly why would I care what color they are?
 

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neither the 3/4 or the 15/16 will work on the GT sway bar. I talked to rob at ZXTuner and he said the rear GT bar is actually 13/16 I believe....he told me the only option is to get a smaller diameter and drill it out.....
 

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Advance Auto has a trw kit (need 2) that are the red poly for 5.23 per side.
disregard this, as I went back to buy some and the only thing they have now is the black rubber. The others I looked at must have been boxed wrong they said.
 

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yeah!

if you are locall and need help installing i have no problem helping at my house!
we did caseysa wagon in 3 hours, all except the front sway, and sterring rack! and we modifies the compass rear sway to work better in that time slot!
 
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