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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:59 AM
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DIY adjustable sway bar link

Well, for USD 20 bucks and an hour, I am happy with them, although not the best quality. Can be extended 1.5 to 3 inch over the stock's size.

Most of the time is being spend on cleaning the thread after cutting the length of the M10 threaded rod, so the jam nut and the tie rod can screw in properly, the thread is still a bit rough so don't need a jam nut on that side.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:18 AM
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Is this a performance feature? Clearly changing the link length will change (rotate) the sway bar geometry relative to the wheel motion. Does changing the length of the sway bar link make a noticeable change in sway bar performance?
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:27 AM
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Oh, forgot to mention, I had lower my car roughly 2 inch, so with the stock sway bar link isn't the right length.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:12 AM
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Now it is in. Sound strange, but the biggest different compare to before is that the steering felt a lot tighter, and more willing to stay center.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:15 AM
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sweet where are these adjustable sway links available?

for the record autohausaz now offers meyle heavy duty sway links for stock height

http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...y%20Bar%20Link
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:25 AM
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Actually I got 4 x M10 tie rod end, 4 x jam nuts, and a long M10 thread heat treated iron rod, and cut the rod to the correct length to form those pair of sway bar link.
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