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Tighten suspension

When I bought the 99 LS 2 door, it came with these lowering struts and rear and front tie bars in it. The handling felt great but it was way too low, I was scraping everywhere.

I had the stock springs and struts placed back in to raise the car and also pulled out the rear tie bar for cargo space. But now the handling has gone down. I can feel the car rock/sway left and right a good bit when driving.

How do I tighten up this suspension with what I've got, without lowering the car again?
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Bushings, sway bars, tires, alignment, weight reduction.
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What do you mean by bushings? Are there "upgrade" bushings? Or that they may be worn? I've anything on my car was worn my mechanic would've replaced it.

I've got new tires/light rims, good alignment, so my only option now is sway bar? Do you think that tie bar has any effect?
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New bushings as in poly bushings for example energy suspension sells a master kit of polyurethane bushings that stiffen your car up. The tie bar you are talking about is usually called a strut bar and I believe it's mostly a placebo effect. You won't gain anything noticeable really. Thicker sway bars will make a drastic difference in preventing body roll. The best thing I ever did to my teg was an ITR rear sway bar. If you upgrade your rear sway bar, you should definitely consider buying a subframe brace so you don't tear out your subframe.
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New bushings as in poly bushings for example energy suspension sells a master kit of polyurethane bushings that stiffen your car up. The tie bar you are talking about is usually called a strut bar and I believe it's mostly a placebo effect. You won't gain anything noticeable really. Thicker sway bars will make a drastic difference in preventing body roll. The best thing I ever did to my teg was an ITR rear sway bar. If you upgrade your rear sway bar, you should definitely consider buying a subframe brace so you don't tear out your subframe.
Thank you for your reply. Don't they sell sway bars now that dont tear out?
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Thank you for your reply. Don't they sell sway bars now that dont tear out?
Thats what the subframe brace is for. It will distribute the force of the sway bar over a large surface rather than a small surface which will prevent tear out.
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Factory springs are going to feel "sloppy" compared to aftermarket springs. Are your shocks worn out?

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Factory springs are going to feel "sloppy" compared to aftermarket springs. Are your shocks worn out?
I wouldn't know. My mechanic didn't see any obvious damage so we threw them in.
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Factory springs are going to feel "sloppy" compared to aftermarket springs. Are your shocks worn out?
Yes, they're completely shot. I'm going to throw the tokikos back in and relower it, there's already an upgraded sway bar. Someone put time into the suspension and I destroyed it
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You could also go for the type r springs on the tokiko struts for some lowering and better handling
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New bushings (not necessarily aftermarket ones) will definitely improve feel if the current ones are worn out. Peek down in the back and check them. They are kind of a B to replace, so I'm not sure it's something a mechanic will do without letting you know.

A sway bar will definitely improve feel.

If you have the funds, you can go for coilovers. Normally they let you adjust the stiffness and height, and some will let you do it without messing with smooth suspension travel.

Heck, I think Tein even makes a little control unit that lets you adjust stiffness (not ride height unfortunately) from inside the car instead of having to get out and adjust them yourself. Not that it takes a long time anyways, but you just run little motors to the tops of the shocks and I think that's awesome.

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