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Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« on: January 11, 2006, 03:31:24 AM »
What's anybody's experience with front and rear stress bars on an MKIV?

While trying to find install instructions I found some debate over any benefit they may offer.  It was pretty common to hear that a rear stress bar would eliminate some of the sqeaks and rattles in the rear, but most said the front stress bar, whether upper, or lower didn't do much.

Any input would be great, since I think most of the MKIV guys here have one or the other, or both.

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2006, 04:30:46 AM »
They really dont do much.  

I have a rear upper stress bar (eurosport) and I am really happy with how much it decreased the sqweaks and rattles in the back.

The front looks cool, but can't tell a difference.  I got the APR carbon one becuase it is tits.  I know on the local VWVortex, bluefox280? is selling an Autotech one that has a cool finish.

The lower front stress bar has stopped my oil pan from being bashed a couple times.

Basically they are about looks... performance isn't noticeable, but the Eurosport rear really cuts the rattles and creaks.  Lower is like a bash guard.
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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2006, 02:18:36 PM »
Jack got it spot on, the EuroSport upper rear is nice because it does make the rear chassis a bit stiffer and will reduce squeaks. It does cut very slightly into your ability to put stuff in your trunk, but it's right up against your rear seats when they are up so it really only affects putting big stuff back there that would require the seats to be down.

The rest are really just for looks, and none of them really effect performance.
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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2006, 03:42:04 PM »
How difficult is the install on the Eurosport rear bay?  I haven't been able to find any instructions online.

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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2006, 03:47:33 PM »
SUPER easy. It requires a VERY minor cutting of the edge of the carpet that is hidden behind your seats when they are up and drilling in 4 self tapping screws.

If you'd like, give me a call sometime when you are downtown and I'd be happy to show you my install and/or give you a hand if you'd like with yours.
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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2006, 03:55:46 PM »
I have the yarrowsport rear and it was a bit of a pain to install. You basically have to remove all the trim in the rear, side shelfs, and rear seatbelt anchor-windy thingies.  It took me about 3 hours to install.
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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2006, 04:12:24 PM »
I've got a budget of about $400 to spend on mods, so I'm trying to make the most of it.

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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2006, 04:25:22 PM »
I bought mine used for $95 shipped off vortex.
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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2006, 04:29:24 PM »
Are you looking for performance or cosmetic stuff?
Some ideas:

Save a few more pennies and chip it

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rear (lower of course) sway bar
dogbone kit from ecs
maybe a short shifter


You've already got a good set of pads right?
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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2006, 05:39:09 PM »
I just had my front brakes replaced a couple months back with Slotted Rotors and Pagid pads (Thanks Randy).

I was thinking of getting the Intrax sway bar kit, it's only $280 through summit racing, but after shipping and installation that eat's up all of my budget.  

Or I could get the Eurosport rear stress bar, TT short shifter, dog bone kit, Euro Headlight Switch w/ rear fog, and replace the front rub strip (it has two giant holes in it for the licence plate bracket).  That way I get a little performance and cosmetic and since I can install most of those myself I will have some cash left over to put towards the sway bars later.

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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2006, 05:55:35 PM »
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I was thinking of getting the Intrax sway bar kit, it's only $280 through summit racing, but after shipping and installation that eat's up all of my budget.  


That's where I got my swaybar kit.  Front was a bit of a pain to put in, and the rear clamps and bolts weren't too agreeable, but I'm very happy overall with the product (Intrax the company, on the other hand, has earned my ire).

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Or I could get the Eurosport rear stress bar, TT short shifter, dog bone kit, Euro Headlight Switch w/ rear fog, and replace the front rub strip (it has two giant holes in it for the licence plate bracket).  That way I get a little performance and cosmetic and since I can install most of those myself I will have some cash left over to put towards the sway bars later.


That's a pretty good approach also.  Rather than the rear stress bar you may be able to find a rear sway bar for roughly the same price; that'll give you much more noticeable performance that a stress bar.
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Re: Stress Bars on MKIV's?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2006, 06:03:58 PM »
Sounds good Kevin, more stuff for your money is good!

Just FYI the TT shifter I have really isn't a very dramatic change. I think it "feels" better, but it's not like the diesel geek one which is what I would buy if I were in the market for one now. (http://www.dieselgeek.com) Of course, it probably doesn't fit into your budget at $195
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