Post by Jim Kent
We have an '01 Limited, 22K, perfect condition, never had any warranty
claims even. Love the car to death. Except for one thing: the amount
of body lean into even moderate cornering is a lot more than I like.
So I'm thinking that upgrading the anti-sway bars wouldn't be a bad
idea. Has anyone installed any of the aftermarket bars? Opinions?
There are a couple of viable alternatives, including products from
well-known sources like Eibach, and some less known (to me anyway)
like "Progress" and "Suspension Techniques". Here are some links
Thanks for any input you can offer.
Jim - I don't know the PT in detail, but a generic solution that may
help (with either your existing sway bar or a beefier one) is
polyurethane sway bar bushings. They are stiffer than the OEM bushings,
and so add to the spring rate of any sway bar - and they are very
inexpensive and will last the life of the vehicle.
For info. and ordering, go here:
That's their home page. Their page that lists their parts for specific
Chrysler vehicles (including the PT is:
A couple of comments:
(1) The fact that they show only one size sway bar in the PT table is a
good indication that there is only one OEM sway bar available on the PT
(if that assumption is wrong, I'm sure that someone will correct me on
that - perhaps there is a beefier aftermarket bar?), and
(2) The fact that they list your vehicle specifically is good because it
means that their part is plug-n-play with the factory bushing brackets
(I point that out because for some cars, like my Concorde and all other
LH vehicles, they don't have a purpose-made part, so I had to buy
bushings off of their "universal" part page to fit the diameter of my
sway bar, and the OEM brackets don't fit their universl part, and the
bracket they supply with it has to be modified by cutting and welding in
order to fit the frame).
Many people, including myself switched over to the Energy Suspension
polygraphite part because they last infinitly longer than the OEM parts
(i.e., don't fall apart, don't wear out, don't squeek because they are
graphite impregnated). The fact that they stiffen things up (make your
sway bar act stiffer than it is with the spongier OEM bushings) is a
bonus - but in your case, that is what you are looking for, and the
other benefits are secondary.
You might as well get their rear bushing set too to stiffen that up a
little - every little bit helps. $9 for fronts, $16 for rear set. What
other truly noticeable upgrade can you do for $25 plus shipping and a
couple of hours of your time?
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