If you got the bucks go with IPD sways. They are 1 million times better and way, way, way worth the price. Plus swapping out the front sway is no basic task so why put something in there that's worth it.
I know next to nothing about the interchangeability between Volvo models. I want to add a rear bar to my wagon but I do not want to pay the big money for an IPD set. So I'm looking at this<p><A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150370539266&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_1041wt_1157" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors..._1157</A><p>Will it work for a '97 850 wagon?<p>That rear bar in the photo looks odd. Looks more like a panhard bar rather than a true anti-roll bar. What's the deal?
I've read the tech procedure for the front bar and really don't want to do that job. But how hard is it to add a rear bar? I plan to replace the shocks and mounts back there soon, is it something I can easily tack on to that project or is it a whole different animal?<p>Hollow-vs-solid is almost as old of a debate as sway bars themselves. There are pros and cons to both sides.
Wow, this thread is full of conjecture!<p>IPD are better without a doubt.<p>If you don't want to spend that cash, the front T5 sway bar should be the same for all years. The R sway bars are a little bigger and the IPD is bigger yet but it is not 0.5" bigger. I think it is like 3mm thicker (22 vs 25).<p>A standard T5 wagon can come with or without a rear sway bay. The basic mounts are there either way but NOT the bolts. The Rear Sway Bar does look more like a panhard bar and either bolts in with 3 or 4 bolts with nuts, can't remember. That auction looks fine but I don't think the front bar will do you any good....<p>As for years, 1994-1998 should be interchangeable, not sure about 99-00
No, I don't think the front bar in the ad is worth the effort. But that's OK, I just want to add a rear bar to my car.<p>I may be new to Volvos but I've been tuning suspension for autocross for 12 years. I'm not going to get into a p!ssing match over what bars are the best, brand or design or otherwise. I just wanted to know if the rear bar in the ad above will fit my 855. And if so, if anyone could tell me what kind of time and effort I might expect to have to put into it.<br>
In my opinion, the front bar greatly reduces body lean, but makes the car understeer. <p>I run a custom iPd 25mm rear bar and stock front. Balance is perfect. <p>And remember, it's not all about size. iPd bars are solid not hollow like the stock bars, that makes all the difference.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>HayaCruza</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The 25mm rear bar was a special production run.<p>The rear sway on a wagon should take about an hour to install if the suspension is not tweeked.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Longer if you have a larger exhaust than stock. it's a tight squeeze on the left side. I had to take my cat-back apart to get the bar in. Added about 20min to the job.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sure do. $199 just for the 22mm rear bar. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Awesome. This is what I will do with the wagon then. Thanks.