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My sway bar link snapped :(

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I was at a HPDE day and noticed that the car was oversteering a bit. I am running the Comptech Pro 1000/600.

When I got home I did my usual post track inspections and noticed that the Left sway bar link had completely snapped. That explains the oversteer and the increased body roll. :rolleyes:

Just curious if anyone else has snapped a sway bar link? I have the Type R chasis braces but also added spacers to make my Dali 7/8" bar fit. It doesn't seem to be rubbing anywhere, but I am wondering if it is binding up under load thus causing the sway bar link to snap? This is also the first time that I ran the bar at the stiffest setting. I think I may go back to the middle setting as it is puts the links at a more vertical position.
 
I bought the SOS spacer kit and they came with longer bolts. I have about a 1/4" between the Dali sway and the type R chasis brace with the car up on jacks. Less when on the ground, but I can't get down there to see exactly how much.
 
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I suspect if you had only 1/4" when suspended then when loaded it will be pressing on the Type R brace. If the sway bar is still mounted at both ends, try to see how many quarter size washers (about 1.5-2mm) you can pass between the sway bar and the Type R while the car is loaded/on the ground. This is easy to test ........ you may have to take out your spare though to have access.

Did you hit any pot holes, or ride a berm - one of those with waves - hard? Were you running 45, 40 or 35 series tires? Slick tires, R compound or street tires? You still didn't say how many full turns the bolts gave you. All these variables "can" affect ......
 
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I've heard of one broken on the rear but this car was stock.
 
I snapped a rear probably over a year ago. I was lowered on Tein RE but running stock rear sway, Type R front. I didn't feel like ordering a new one, so I ended up trashing the bushing of one end of the link by welding but it has held up very well for about 10,000+ miles now. Dont recall the angle of the link. I do remember it was a huge pain though getting it together because it was well off.
 
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I broke one also in the front. My car was at stock height with the Comptech bars on the middle position. I was also surprised, bug luckily it was a cheap fix .
 
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