My assumption would be that if it was hollow, then it may allow more flex, and an aftermarket one from say addco would be a good upgrade. I have heard that our stock fronts are good, but the rears could be upgraded and it does help. One of the things I am trying to do with my car is make it one of the most "complete" mx6s out there with 90% of all all popular performace mods, while maintaining a stock look.
I recently installed new front and rear frame bushings and endlinks on my '89 GT. Based on the feel of everything I was feeling up, and boy was I feeling some stuff up, I'm really, really, really sure that whoever told you that either of the sway bars is hollow was talking right out their butt.
I've upgraded both my front and rear swaybars. The Rear swaybar feels hollow and is very light compared to the upgraded one. I upgraded the rear one first and this made a lot of difference in handling and the front swaybar also helped but not as much. If anyone is thinking of getting new swaybars i would recommend it.
I also have a set of Energy frame bushings for the front swaybar. I have 1 18mm bushing set part number 9-5122, will see how it goes. I still need to pick up a set of the 11-5107's for the back. I also picked up the addco endlinks (front/back) at AutoZone for $9.99 US each. Not a bad price.
KR44, did you go with the Addco or other front/rear swaybars? Did they come with new bushings and all the required parts to mount them? (like the endlinks?)
I just had a look at the old swaybars and one of them has a hollow feel (don't know if front or rear).
I've got whitline swaybars (Australian company i think). I got the same diameter as stock but they are much more solid and heavier. When i ordered them they came with all the new bushings and endlinks. For the price I paid $120Aus they were one of the best mods i've done.
Will start looking here and see what we have available.
[Update] Looks like carparts.com has them, and with the 33% off coupon they come to about 100 each. This includes the bushings and endlinks. This seems like a good deal and I may pick them up to add to my winter work...
I forget to tell you make sure you get the same diameter swaybars as stock. At first i bought second hand ones that were 22mm and 26mm if i remember correctly. These sway bars didn't fit as they were to big, but i got my money back anyway and bought new ones from whiteline. I think the stock ones are 18mm and the other is between 20-22mm.
Also the guy who sold me the second hand swaybars said that it didn't fit on his car because he has 4ws, he said there are two types one for 4ws and one for 2ws. But when i ordered them from whiteline they said that the swaybars for the 2ws and 4ws are the same. So you might want to check that up before you order them.
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