Yes, the GT's front are larger; so the bushing are different also. I am unsure of thickness difference, but when I converted an LX into my GT, I noticed the GT bar larger and used it in conjunction with an additional Suspension Techniques 3/4" bar in the front and 7/8" in the rear. The car is super tight and stays flat in the hardest of turns. I have only had the car come around on me while avoiding a dog; close call.
I used a digital mic. to measure the rear sway bars about 3 months ago on a pony compared to the GT sway bar I took off a u pull it car and the pony bar was exactly the sme size I think 23.something if I'm not mistaken it has been a few months...
Well the reason i ask is that i'm running a 3rd gen sedan bar up front and a GT bar in back. At the last autocross i decided to disconnect the front bar up and see if that would give me a little less understeer.
HOLY CRAP did it ever! Now, we were on a new course (really really green) but it was AMAZING how much more grip i had in the corners. The only problem was that it gave very little warning before the back end snapped around. I think a smaller bar up front would be perfect but my other options are to go with a smaller rear bar and stiffer springs all around to manage the body roll, which is an eventual goal anyway (stiffer liner rate springs).
But for now, if i could find a cheap junkyard solution that will make me more competitive, i would be happy.
I've already got the GT rear and with the stock front bar its WAY too tight. With the front bar disconnected it's just a little too loose. I'd like it to give me a little more warning before it comes around on me.
I'm running the Eibach Pro-kit with Tokico S/R setup so the springs are a little soft for autocross to begin with.
But it sounds like the 2nd gen LX front bar is the smallest followed by the GT and then the 3rd gen huh?
yes, i believe so. you may also want to check a 90-94 protege DX (base model SOHC, black plastic side mirrors). their swaybars will fit, and they are going to be smallish like the escort LX. exactly what size or how they compare, i couldnt tell you.
the second gen lx has a 19mm/.75" bar which is what i'm using. it's much stiffer than stock but not the overkill that many zx2 guys claim with the 21. on steep parkinglot entrances i can still pick a wheel up, I have the es kit on it also
Okay, so I have the 95 LX-Sport, which other than the Tokico blacks and slightly larger Insurance, (NEthing labeled sport where I live gets +$10 a month on insurance) is just like the base LX. Body-roll has been a burden since I had this car, kindda got used to the lack of it in my Wagon and my Pony. So to beef up the roll, I should find 3rd Gen front, EGT or Focus ST rear Sways?
I know thats only a bandade for my now dieing Struts in the front, but If I can come across a parts car in the near future, be looking for those? Struts and Springs will be added as soon as I can get my finances stabilized, kindda bad as I was out of work for 13 months.
I do however need the middle sway bar bushings NEways, so I prefer to get the sway bars b4 then. Kindda imbarrasing to explain the load slap in the middle of the car when I brake hard and go around winding turns