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Old 10-03-2012, 12:01 AM
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I have both front and rear Eibach sway bars. If someone wanted to trade me for both factory bars + cash, I would consider it.
I'm just needing the front Eibach bar. Plus, I'll need to keep both of my old factory bars in case I switch up to 20" wheels some day, and can find some stiff tires. Would you want to sell just the front (with Eibach bushings)?

I'm upgrading the bars because I have non-sport springs & shocks, and my current Pirellis are quite squishy. Getting a bit of the 'mini van' body roll.

Also, I received a separate e-mail from someone who might want to sell me the front bar. They said 'kit'. Looking for just the front. Currently checking in with them as well.

Also, for everyone; Just checked today and suddenly ECS Tuning is now selling a new replacement front bar from Whiteline. Formerly, recently, their site had removed the Eibach front bar because of they can no longer get them from Eibach in Germany (pulled from the US market). Haven't heard anything about this Whiteline bar. Front sells for $254. Its also a 34mm just like the Eibach.
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Old 10-03-2012, 01:37 AM
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Epdarks, I guess you want to convert your X5 back to stock bars. I'm in Europe and would be interested in the rear Eibach bar. Would you have the bushings and the certification paper from Eibach (required for chassis parts in Europe)? I have the stock (I need to see if mine is the 22 or 23.5 mm) rear bar. I'd prefer not to down my car in the process but can find you one. What year & engine X5 do you have? Chassis number (last 7 digits is fine) is best.
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Guys, my apologies. My project is 'off'. I should have checked this up front; I just called my indi mechanic today to get a price on installation. I knew the front was a little more complicated than the rear, but the quote was $295 in labor to replace the front bar. That's roughly $480 something to do this upgrade. But that's not good economics for me. I'm better off going to sport shocks and springs when these non-sports wear out. Or, investing in 20" rims and convert the 19" rims to snow wheels. If I go to 20" I can get step it up to real performance tires; Dunlop SP Sport Maxx.

I was hoping the front bar would be an economical way to cancel body roll and keep the non-sport springs / shocks. I think I'll save my coin.

But, on the better front, it sounds like this post might have allowed some of you to connect on a bar deal. Best wishes, and thanks for the replies.

- R
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:05 AM
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Reduce body roll

If you want to reduce body roll, sway bars are the first step. You should do the front bar and THEN only consider your shock / spring alternatives next. lowering the suspension will also reduce roll as you'll lower the center of gravity of the vehicle but with the associated needs for alignment and more negative camber (great for handling but will wear tires in a special way). 19" rims are already quite "mean" for an X5 and will stick nicely. 20" are cool, but you're going to enter another stage in tire pricing

Don't know if you car for your car yourself. Replacing the rear bar is easy (I know you've already done this), no major removals. Front involves removing the front pan for access, the rest depends on your engine (V-8 are more complicated than the I-6).

Depending on your shocks and mileage, I'd look at the B6 Bilstein (I am going down this path) and the front Eibach bar. In fact if you do the front Eibach bar at the same take as front shocks, you should be able to get a combo price from your mechanic. Rear shocks are something you can do in your driveway, no spring compressor needed.

Good luck, Greg
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