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Old 01 Jan 2008, 11:16 am
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Default Why is it better to have a larger rear sway bar for an Integra?

Why is it better to have a larger rear sway bar for an Integra?
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Old 01 Jan 2008, 11:31 am
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My girlfriend has a large rear sway bar...I wish she had a smaller one.
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Old 01 Jan 2008, 11:46 am
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larger rear sway bar helps make the chasis stiffer. A stiffer chasis minimizes weight transfer. The reason you want a stiffer rear sway bar is because the Honda's already has a large front sway bar. But Honda's have really small rear sway bars.By increase the rear sway bar size ... you make the car handle more neutral. Less understeer is better for front wheel drive.
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Principles:A sway bar is usually a torsional spring that resists body roll motions. It is usually constructed out of a U shaped piece of steel that connects to the body at two points, and at the left and right sides of the suspension. If the left and right wheels move together, the bar just rotates about it's mounting points and does not bend. If the wheels move relative to each other, the bar is forced to twist.The bar resists the bending through it's stiffness. The stiffness of an anti-roll bar is based on the fourth power of it's diameter, the stiffness of the material, the inverse of the length of the lever arms (i.e., the shorter the lever arm, the stiffer the bar), the geometry of the mounting points, and the rigidity of the bar's mounting points. Some anti-roll bars, particularly those intended for use in auto racing, are adjustable, allowing their stiffness to be altered by increasing or reducing the length of the lever arms. This permits the roll stiffness to be tuned for different situations without replacing the entire bar. The stiffer the bar, the more force required to move the left and right wheels relative to each other. This increases the amount of force required to make the body roll.In a turn, the sprung mass of the vehicle's body produces a lateral force at the cg proportional to lateral acceleration. Because the cg is usually not on the roll axis, the lateral force creates a moment about the roll axis that tends to roll the body. (The roll axis is a line that joins the front and rear roll centers (SAEJ670e). The moment is called the roll couple.Roll couple is resisted by the suspension roll stiffness, which is a function of the spring rate of the vehicle's springs and of the anti-roll bars, if any. The use of anti-roll bars allows designers to reduce roll without making the suspension's springs stiffer in the vertical plane, which allows improved body control with less compromise of ride quality.One effect of body (frame) lean, for typical suspension geometry, is positive camber of the wheels on the outside of the turn and negative on the inside, which reduces their cornering grip (especially with cross ply tires).Anti roll bars provide 2 main functions:The first is the reduction of body lean. The reduction of body lean is dependent on the total roll stiffness of the vehicle. Increasing the total roll stiffness of a vehicle does not change the steady state total load (weight) transfer from the inside wheels to the outside wheels, it only reduces body lean. The total lateral load transfer is determined by the CG height and track width.The other function of anti roll bars is to tune the high g / limit understeer behavior of the vehicle. The limit understeer behavior is tuned by changing the proportion of the total roll stiffness that comes from the front and rear axles. Increasing the proportion of roll stiffness at the front will increase the proportion of the total weight transfer that the front axle reacts and decrease the proportion that the rear axle reacts. This will cause the outer front wheel to run at a higher slip angle, and the outer rear wheel to run at a lower slip angle, which is an understeer effect. Increasing the proportion of roll stiffness at the rear axle will have the opposite effect and decrease understeer.

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