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$2009 Challenge - Rear sway bar?

Hi, I just picked up an '86 MR2 that I'm planning to take to the $2009 GRM Challenge.
Unfortunately my '86 does not have a rear sway bar, though the car is not bad otherwise.

Right now I'm looking to see if anyone has a used rear sway bar available. I think a stock '85 rear sway bar should be fine. Any help from here would be appreciated.

Thanks, Mark From Tampa

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I'm not really expecting to be competitive over all, I just would like to attend the $2009 event. I've gone 2 times before, and I think this MR2 could easily top 10 in the autocross portion. So there, I've exposed my plan to top 10 ..... I'll add a rear sway bar.

P.P.S. The $1,500 car I took last year came in 6th in the autocross portion, so I have a good idea on how to play.

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Wow, first post, huh? Welcome!

You may get more traffic by advertising in the MkI Want To Buy section:
http://www.mr2oc.com/144-mki-mr2-parts-wanted-buy-trade/

The stock rear sway bar is pretty spindly and not terribly effective. Since the rules are so loose, you could also try a larger bar from any other application. Obviously you have the room back there to play around a little, weld on some NASCAR-style adjustable end plates, etc. Not that you haven't considered this already...

I'd love to see how this build is going if you have a webpage showing what you're up to.

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i'll disagree... the stock rear sway bar makes a SIGNIFICANT change in how the car handles... outside of urethane filled motor mounts an '85 rear sway is one of the 1st upgrades i'd do... if you can find a 2nd you can go ghetto style and using worm gear type clamps (hose clamps) you can make your own super ghetto sway bar... while your there nip a coil or 2 off the stock springs (from the softer side on the rear... bottom as I recall)...

if your struts are still decent... you can use the rear cartridges in the front (with a spacer under it or shorten the body entirelyl) and a higher performance set for the rear... the stock rear ones will have stiffer valving then the front... good cheap way to go.

good luck at the challenge... i've wanted to go sence 01 or 02 and never been able to do it... maybe next year.

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i'll disagree... the stock rear sway bar makes a SIGNIFICANT change in how the car handles...
Interesting. Perception does vary from one person to another.

I've heard a MkII rear bar can be fitted to a MkI, so maybe you can find a stock MkII piece for a few bucks and see how you like the results.

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ya person to person granted i never did get it to autox but on the street i could get the rear end loose a lot easier even with the stock bar... while it is a flimsy little bar it does make a huge change vs the stock nothing.

as I recall the mkII bar can be used on the '87+ suspension... don't remember why but it was a no-go on the earlier suspension (which was considered the better autox suspension of the 2)
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I know this is an old post but spinout didn't get the 2 to the challenge this year althought he was there, just not in the 2,my 86 n/a that I took to the $2k6 challenge landed me in 10th int eh autocross portion (IIRC sorry the memory fades), I ran an ebay tokiko spring strut package with stock bar, and I personally felt a large front bar and maybe a small rear would have been very beneficial, granted I'm no pro and drove my car myself, I'm sure the pro could have done better and when I tried asking him for advice on the 2 he basically walked away, so form a veteran novice's point of view, fat frotn and small rear bars are a good idea, too stiff int eh rear and that open diff would have been a real liability
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I bought a 91 turbo for 800, needs headgasket replaced. can it enter?
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If i remember right the 89 SC auto's have a bigger rear bar then the 85's
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