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"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of crappy oem springs. The wretched refuse of your rear sway bars..." Okay, you get the point. I'm not sure Ms. Lazarus had cars in mind when she penned the original poem, but enough blathering from me.<p>4C issues? Who said anything bad about 4C? Ha! I just can't wait to get new rubber on the car soon.<p>For those who don't know or can't tell, I picked up my car from Rawbear last night. I had them install TME springs, an ipd rear sway bar and had them remove my center resonator.<p>This is the way the car should have handled when it left the factory. It's not harsh at all. The drop is noticeable enough to the discriminating eye, but its not significant enough to look slammed. I think it looks awesome. The 18's now properly fill out the wheel openings, and it almost seems to make them look bigger! My wife couldn't spot the difference when we approached the car. In fact, even after driving about 25 miles in Comfort her only comment from the passenger seat was "I don't really feel the difference, although maybe it doesn't bounce as much. Do the shocks still work?" Yeah, not a car girl. I was pleased with her response though, since the car was definitely more communicative in Comfort and I don't want the ride to be too extreme for her or my 13mo old daughter. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Anyway, she picked up her car from my office and I drove the remaining 25 or so miles back home in Sport and Advanced. Advanced used to be punishing. It made a lot of noise when it hit bumps and the performance felt somewhat artificial. Now, somehow, Advanced feels infinitely less harsh yet MUCH more compliant. It just feels right. You still know when you hit a bump, but it's not as jarring and the car now actually communicates better feel of the road. In my opinion, each of the 4C settings is now useable. You can drive all day in Sport, hit the Advanced button for some fun and leave it there if you want. The car also doesn't let go when you take it around a corner. I haven't had a chance to really push it hard but after taking a few tight turns somewhat aggressively, body roll feels minimal.<p>Oh, and the exhaust. Holy smokes. Awesome upgrade for nominal cash outlay. The car burbles a bit at idle. When you rev the engine, it definitely sounds more aggressive without changing the whole nature of the car. Hit the fun pedal hard from a stop and it definitely pleases in the lower RPM range. Interestingly, there's still very little noise intrusion in the cabin while cruising at highway speeds. The audible difference while cruising is immaterial which is good...no loud/annoying droning noise. Robert actually said he had the exhaust guys fit a slightly straighter Y pipe onto the end of the straight pipe where it returns to the rear muffler to allow better exhaust flow. Who knows if it did anything but it sounds great!<p>Aside from a slight glitch (which we're working out) not related to any of the above, I'm overwhelmingly pleased. I've got to give <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> to Rawbear, IPD and TME. Oh, and I forgot to ask about the alignment specs when I picked up the car. There was a lot of traffic getting to the shop, I was late, blah blah blah and I didn't want to keep him there longer. The camber doesn't look bad at all. I'll try to snap some pics.<p>-Eric
 

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Re: THANK YOU IPD AND TME for the Springs and Sway Bar!! :) (Sue Esponte)

Try it with 4C disconnected and it'll feel even better. I'm finally in love with my car once I got the TME springs and rear sway bar. I think I'll leave the resonator removal as a birthday present for me. I can't wait.
 

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do you guys only do the rear sway bars? What about doing the front sway bar? Ipd sels fron and rears and they told me the car handles wayyyy better with front and rear in conjuction. Not so good to just install rear?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zigger</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">do you guys only do the rear sway bars? What about doing the front sway bar? Ipd sels fron and rears and they told me the car handles wayyyy better with front and rear in conjuction. Not so good to just install rear?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Zigger: check out the original TME post from JRL. It discusses the rear bar issue. <p><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=45080" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=45080</A>
 

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You might also want to read my <A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=51468" TARGET="_blank">original post</A> asking about the differences between the sway bar options (and Scott Hart's advice to me).<p>-Eric
 

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You know we want some pics! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Also, do you have your alignment specs?
 

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Re: THANK YOU IPD AND TME for the Springs and Sway Bar!! :) (Sue Esponte)

Sounds about right for a proper install.<br>Please send $10 (patent fee for the exhaust <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> ) to your favorite charity (and that does not mean Joe's bar, down the corner) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The R should have had high performance springs and sway bars from the factory.<p>it drives totally different with them in. The guys at Top Gear might have ahd nicer things to say if the volvo had an ECU upgrade, and springs/sways from the factory.
 

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They are high performance. Just not high enough! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: THANK YOU IPD AND TME for the Springs and Sway Bar!! :) (Sue Esponte)

You finally installed them!<br>Glad to hear you are pleased. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>As mentioned above, post your rear camber (just for giggles, if nothing else).
 

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I don't have the specs on the camber (see my original post). I'm not sure if they're saved after the work is done or if there's any way to retrieve them. I was planning on taking pics to post, but the camber doesn't look too bad to my eyes. It's certainly not as outrageous as some of the pics I've seen in other posts.<p>-Eric
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Mash</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">They are high performance. Just not high enough! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><br>No, they are TOO <I>HIGH</I> but wrong kind of high <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"><p>These are fror your MASH <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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