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Old 04-14-2016, 05:09 PM   #1
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Front and rear sway bar? Or front only?

I'm upgrading the suspension on my 3051S. I want to add Bilstein shocks all around and Hellwig front sway bar. I'm wondering if i should put a Hellwig in the rear while I'm getting the work done. Seems like Ride-Rite system should provide necessary sway reduction and after 15k miles, seems like my issues are front sway and overall jarring from the shocks (esp. in rear).

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Old 04-23-2016, 10:44 AM   #2
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I did the front and rear sway bars from Hellwig, made a heck of a difference in the handling. On a trip up to Oklahoma the wind was horrible and going 50-55 was the max we could do without feeling like the rig was getting out of control.

After the sway bars, 60-65 in the same type of wind was no problem at all and everything feels great.

Your mileage may vary, but the money was well spent for us.


We have a 2012 3011DS.
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:06 PM   #3
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thank you!

Do you know the part number for the rear sway bar? I have a 2015 chassis, and no one shows it for this model year. I'm guessing it is the same as the 2014.
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Old 04-29-2016, 04:32 PM   #4
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Do you know the part number for the rear sway bar? I have a 2015 chassis, and no one shows it for this model year. I'm guessing it is the same as the 2014.
I just made a post regarding the changes we made to our Forester 3051S. You might find that helpful.
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Old 04-30-2016, 01:32 PM   #5
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I just ordered front and rear Hellwig sway bars from amazon. 7180 rear / 7718 front. The rear air bags mainly act as helper springs for weight - they do very little for sway from wind / trucks / uneven roads / etc. My Bilstein shocks and damper helped a lot...I hope these sway bars compliment the shocks.
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I'm having the rear anti sway bars done first and will then determine if I need the front ones installed. I'm going with Roadmaster brands.
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Old 05-08-2016, 02:07 PM   #7
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I believe the reason to do all 4 shocks and / or front and rear sway bars together is to balance out the handling and steering. Having stiffer rear sway bars than the front will effect the steering through corners.
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Jim,

Thanks for that info. I never thought of that. I asked a few technitions and they said to do the rear first but that does make allot of sense.
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