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Sway Bar Comparison

Since there isn't a thread that compares all of the sway bars available, I was creating this to see if people could offer there insight on the specific swaybar they own. I'm in the market for one and am unsure of where to start and what information to look at for them. Any help is appreciated!

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The stiffness of the stock Mazda3 RSB is about 230 lbs./in.

CorkSport
Thickness: unknown
Stiffness: adjustable; 135% stiffer than stock, 190% stiffer than stock, & 260% stiffer than stock
Color(s): blue or black
Price: $199.00 + shipping
URL: CORKSPORT Mazda3/Mazdaspeed 3 Rear Adjustable Swaybar

James Barone Racing
Thickness: 32mm
Stiffness: adjustable; 593 lbs./in., 718 lbs./in., & 901 lbs./in.
Color(s): red w/ silver logo or black w/ red logo
Price: $195.00 shipped
URL: James Barone Racing

Racing Beat
Thickness: 1.0625" (27mm)
Stiffness: not adjustable; 3.24 times stock
Color(s): red
Price: $157.00 + shipping
URL: Racing Beat

Tri-Point Engineering
Thickness: unknown
Stiffness: adjustable; 750 lbs./in., 825 lbs./in., & 1000 lbs./in.
Color(s): blue
Price: $206.50 + shipping
URL: TRI-POINT ENGINEERING

NOTE: According to the Hotchkis website, their RSB for the 1st gen. 3 is not compatible with the 2010+ models.


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corksport rear sway is great IMO
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I got a Corksport sway bar and love it. Can't wait for an auto-x to see the difference in the stiffness settings.

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Racing Beat for me.Not too soft, not too harsh.Perfect for daily spirited driving.Zoom Zoom!
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I installed my CS RSB this past week-end and I just love the way the car handles (medium setting). Absolutely no downside for me so far.


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Here is some more detail for you, Crespo:

CorkSport
Thickness: 25.5mm
Stiffness: adjustable; 114% stiffer than stock, 180% stiffer than stock (i.e. 494 lbs./in., 644 lbs./in.)
Color(s): blue or black
Price: $199.00 + shipping
URL: CORKSPORT Mazda3 Rear Adjustable Swaybar

James Barone Racing
Thickness: 32mm
Stiffness: adjustable; 593 lbs./in., 718 lbs./in., & 901 lbs./in.
Color(s): red w/ silver logo or black w/ red logo
Price: $195.00 shipped
URL: James Barone Racing

Racing Beat
Thickness: 1.0625" (27mm)
Stiffness: not adjustable; 3.24 times stock (i.e. 745 lbs./in.)
Color(s): red
Price: $157.00 + shipping
URL: Racing Beat

Tri-Point Engineering
Thickness: unknown
Stiffness: adjustable; 750 lbs./in., 825 lbs./in., & 1000 lbs./in.
Color(s): blue
Price: $206.50 + shipping
URL: TRI-POINT ENGINEERING

NOTE: According to the Hotchkis website, their RSB for the 1st gen. 3 is not compatible with the 2010+ models.

Please let me know if I missed any, and I'll add them.

(Updated 01/31/2013 to reflect the changes to the Corksport RSB)

Current mods: CorkSport SRI // CorkSport strut tower bar // Tri-Point RSB // Tri-Point endlinks // JBarone short shift kit // DDM pedals // OEM footwell LED lights // OEM all-weather floormats // Tenzo Tracer V1 Black Matte 18x8.5 +48 // Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum 225/40R18 // McGard SplineDrive wheel lock kit // 35% window tint
Future mods: Road Magnet 1.25" springs // Koni Sports // CorkSport CBE or Racing Beat ABE // door vent visors

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I forgot to add that according to the Tri-Point website, the stiffness of the stock Mazda3 RSB is about 230 lbs./in. - if this is accurate, then the stiffness of Racing Beat sway bar is about 745 lbs./in., while the CorkSport sway bar is about 541/667/828 lbs./in. In other words, if this is true, then, of the adjustable sway bars, the CS bar will potentially provide the least improvement in handling, while the Tri-Point bar will provide the greatest. Based on price versus adjustability, the JBR bar is the best value.

Current mods: CorkSport SRI // CorkSport strut tower bar // Tri-Point RSB // Tri-Point endlinks // JBarone short shift kit // DDM pedals // OEM footwell LED lights // OEM all-weather floormats // Tenzo Tracer V1 Black Matte 18x8.5 +48 // Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum 225/40R18 // McGard SplineDrive wheel lock kit // 35% window tint
Future mods: Road Magnet 1.25" springs // Koni Sports // CorkSport CBE or Racing Beat ABE // door vent visors

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improvement in handling is not always a function of the stiffness of the rear bar. Having a rear bar that is to thick could cause a lot of lifted tires and oversteer which could be dangerous in certain situations on the streets and canyons where 90% of us do the majority of our driving.

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improvement in handling is not always a function of the stiffness of the rear bar. Having a rear bar that is to thick could cause a lot of lifted tires and oversteer which could be dangerous in certain situations on the streets and canyons where 90% of us do the majority of our driving.
I get what you're saying, but I don't think it applies here; with the exception of perhaps JBR since they are relatively new, these are all respected companies, and their sway bars have been used without issue on many Mazdas. I don't know about the others, but the Tri-Point bar, which is the stiffest, is also race proven (Tri-Point uses their sway bar on the Mz3s they race in the World Challenge series). I highly doubt any of these bars could be classified as creating dangerous oversteer.

Current mods: CorkSport SRI // CorkSport strut tower bar // Tri-Point RSB // Tri-Point endlinks // JBarone short shift kit // DDM pedals // OEM footwell LED lights // OEM all-weather floormats // Tenzo Tracer V1 Black Matte 18x8.5 +48 // Kumho Ecsta LX Platinum 225/40R18 // McGard SplineDrive wheel lock kit // 35% window tint
Future mods: Road Magnet 1.25" springs // Koni Sports // CorkSport CBE or Racing Beat ABE // door vent visors
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The Corksport bar should actually have values of 540.5, 667, and 828 lbs/in. When dealing with those percentages you should multiply the stock 230 lbs by 2.35, 2.9 and 3.6 for the 135%, 190% and 260% increase in stiffness.
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