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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:48 pm    Post subject: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

I just added Schwenk springs and Gowesty-modified Bilsteins to my 88 tintop Vanaru. It runs nicely over bumpy roads but is noticeably taller than before and the body roll is a bit worrying. I'm looking into stiffer sway bars: T3 Technique seems to get good reviews, on the other hand the Bus Boys sell a set of front and rear sways made by Addco.

Does anyone have experience with both T3 and Addco?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

+1,000,000,000 for a local guy, enthusiast, Samba member and company that strives to improve our culture. T3 FOR THE WIN!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

I agree, T3! I purchased the front sway bar from him over a year ago and I love it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

But, there's only a front bar available from Christopher, and he hasn't said anything about a rear bar in a very long time.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

Thanks everyone. I guess the next question is, how much do I really need the rear bar?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

Replying to my own post: just found out that the Aadco rear bar hangs _really_ low (I wondered where they found room for that!) and that's a deal breaker. So, I'm going with the T3 and will let y'all know how it goes!
Wish me luck!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

Van Cafe' has the T3 bar on sale right now ...

http://www.van-cafe.com/page_2643_1323/front-25mm-anti-roll-sway-bar-kit
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

JDEL wrote:
I agree, T3! I purchased the front sway bar from him over a year ago and I love it.


Just repeating what the others have already said. Fantastic experience and easy install.

You could also reach out to Chris directly with your questions. He is a frequent poster and extremely helpful.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

I added a White Line rear sway bar to my work van. It made a huge difference when cornering on on ramps and in windy conditions. I would highly recommend a rear sway bar I only wish T3 would release his already!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

Thanks hdenter - did you install only the rear swaybar, or was this in combination with the T3 front bar?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

I have had Whiteline front and rear bars and Koni red shocks on for several years. It handles very well if a bit harsh.
I recently changed to a T3 front bar along with the matching links and Schwent springs. I expect these to be the last change on the front. This combination works well together.
We had had Firestone airbags inside the rear springs which are inflated to about 15 psi when fully loaded. It is a FULL Westy with a larger fuel tank, multiple batteries, dual propane tanks,solar, in other words heavy.
SlowWorks.me make a very nice rear bar that mounts above the transmission much the same as the Ambulances did. They also make a nice set of rear air suspension mounts. I will be installing both of these this summer. The plan is to make the van able to self level when camping. Already have on board air compressor and tank so that is taken care of.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

I just added the rear bar with my stock front bar. I've been waiting for the complete T3 set...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:53 am    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

my only experience with the addco rear was a lot less than positive.
it didn't fit, the angle of the bends were different side to side, the length of each end after the bends were different, quite honestly the one i had to fit was garbage, i contacted addco to find out why it was so badly made, and they were less than helpful, i am not interested in fitting another.
hopefully chirs at T3 will find the time to get his bar into production.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:21 am    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

+1 for T3 and Christophers support...not that there were any problems-he just answers questions quickly!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:06 am    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

T3. No question. Great product, great customer support, great guy. Keep it local.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for the prompt and very useful responses! I've ordered the T3 from the Van-Cafe, will let y'all know how it handles. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:10 am    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

rubbachicken wrote:
my only experience with the addco rear was a lot less than positive.
it didn't fit, the angle of the bends were different side to side, the length of each end after the bends were different, quite honestly the one i had to fit was garbage, i contacted addco to find out why it was so badly made, and they were less than helpful, i am not interested in fitting another.
hopefully chirs at T3 will find the time to get his bar into production.


I bought my Addco front and rear sway bars before Chris had any available product. The front bar is a bit too narrow, but a spacer fixes that. The rear bar part number is incorrectly listed on their site. There is a thread here if you search that lists the corrert part #, the rear fit with out issues.
SHOX.COM had the best deal at the time.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

Get the T3 bar then flip your front bar around to work on the rear. Check out the Politzie race van thread for pics by TristarEric.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

newfisher wrote:
Get the T3 bar then flip your front bar around to work on the rear. Check out the Politzie race van thread for pics by TristarEric.


Factory Rear Sway Bar??
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...mp;start=0

The New T3 Technique anti-roll bar - FINALLY!
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=614802&start=80
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Sway bars: T3 Technique, or Addco? Front only or front and rear? Reply with quote

i guess you got lucky, the shower of shit i had to deal with did not fit


Wellington wrote:

I bought my Addco front and rear sway bars before Chris had any available product. The front bar is a bit too narrow, but a spacer fixes that. The rear bar part number is incorrectly listed on their site. There is a thread here if you search that lists the corrert part #, the rear fit with out issues.
SHOX.COM had the best deal at the time.

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