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Gonna get this one out of the way before I forget everything tonight -- serious warning below.
The Tri-Point sway has extremely good build quality and bolted on in less than half an hour, as expected. The brackets line up with the inner edge of the swaybar "leaves" so that's why you don't need the retaining collars (learn something new every day!). I greased up the bushings nice and thin and everything seemed to be OK installation-wise. No creaks, squeaks or telltale rattles either.
Driving wise is a bit of a mixed bag. Keep in mind that everything I say after this sentence is heavily dependent on individual car setup and driver skill. I noticed immediately that the extra stiffness of the Tri-Point sway makes lift-off oversteer more accessible, and on smoother corners I had no problem modulating the rear end of the car mid-corner using just throttle inputs. Feels nice. However, what I also noticed was that the car became very sensitive to bumps: hit one the wrong way and the rear will snap oversteer instantly. I got no warning from the tires, the rear just let go on me, once going uphill in a tight right and once more going downhill in a medium left. Given that the car behaved consistently in smooth turns, I have no reason to suspect tweak or loose bolts. I'm thinking I just went too stiff.
The on-brakes behavior of this car now is also dangerous for me. With the Corksport 24mm bar, I had the fortune and luxury of being able to brake sideways, where I could hit the brake, and without changing the steering angle much, the car would slide while slowing down, and would not rotate more or less while doing so. This no longer seems to be the case with the Tri-Point bar installed. When sideways on the brakes it always feels like the car wants to rotate more, and eventually wants to point towards the cliff. I spun out twice in an hour tonight, because this over-rotation forces you to countersteer to get away from the wall, but then as you do so, the rear naturally comes back into line and fishtails you the other way. With the CS sway bar (and everything else identical) the car rotates slower, and I end up "only" facing the exit of the corner by the time I reach the apex and I can then floor the gas to exit the corner.
The Tri-Point bar does make the car rotate better in off- and partial-throttle situations mid-corner, and I suspect it would be faster on a racetrack where a car like mine would spend the better part of its life modulating the tires without needing the brakes. But in the mountains, I've lost the ability to slide on the brakes safely and I don't feel confident driving a car that wants to over-rotate all the time. I'll be faster if I can brake later and harder without sending the rear end out so fast. So it comes as a surprise to me for sure, but I don't think I can use this rear sway bar.
The Tri-Point RSB willl be up in the For Sale section tomorrow, with less than 5 hours of driven time in the car. If you have BC coilovers with 8k/6k spring rates, don't say I didn't warn you. The Tri-Point RSB could be too much for a canyon/tarmac rally application.
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