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    Quote Originally Posted by ice445 View Post
    I think in the future you should wash your car in the winter more or apply some rust protection film. The rear axle takes a beating from salt and there's plenty of crevices where it can sit and corrode stuff. Those brackets were pretty far gone, and I suspect that the bar wiped out a lot of rusty metal inside the bracket hole until there was too much clearance for a solid fit. I've had that same bar for years now and it hasn't moved once since installation.

    Also, the reason those brackets are so expensive is because it's a high quality, precision made part. I know it doesn't really look to be the case, after all, how much can a "simple clamp" cost to make, right? But it's a machined piece.

    Thanks, and I will definitely be washing my car more often in the winter. While my axle seems to be okay, the right rear shock has rust on the bottom. So honestly, at this point I hope I get this new job so I can use some money towards a new shock/strut/springs installed, and just take better care of the car overall than the previous owner did in terms of preventing rust. For now I think it will be okay, but I really want to in the next 6-12 months.

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    So they bascially installed a conventional anti-sway bar on there. Both strange and interesting.
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    Never seen that before. I'd guess this was done at driving impressions? Those guys are racers, but I am wondering as to the cost/benefit here for a street car
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    Just seeing this thread, but wouldn't an ST-rear torsion bar have been the cheapest option since it doesn't require the brackets?
    PE#389- ST rear sway bar, Front upper brace bar...that's all
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    @Hugo L. and aftik8, https://www.dna-racing.it/en/fiat-50...n-bar-kit.html

    thats what i got if you want to read more about it or research it.

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    @PE #389, as far as being cheaper..this is how i see it:

    i expected to pay for these oem brackets/bolts/screws + labor for $515 total
    HOWEVER, the reality is i needed a new torsion bar as well. if i add 150 for that (incl tax/shipping lets say) to the original 515 expected, thatd be $665.

    i paid this shop $600 for this setup,
    but lost 75 dollars in the return (thought itd be more but i dont think ill have a restocking fee now--lost the shipping to receive/tax/shipping to return/cost of bolts/screws)..

    so grand total i paid $675 including my mistake, instead of $665 that i wouldve paid for a new torsion bar with new oem brackets/bolts/screws....meaning its like i spent 10 more than expected mostly because of needing to return the oem brackets.

    hope that makes sense haha

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