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CORKSPORT Mazda 3 Rear Adjustable Swaybar

 
Price: $199.99
Price in points: 200 points
Reward points: 10 points
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Remove the tendency to overpower the front tires under hard cornering and minimize traction robbing body lean with the CorkSport Mazda 3 Rear Adjustable Sway Bar. Compressing inside suspension, the CorkSport Mazda 3 Rear Sway Bar effectively increases the spring rate on side of the suspension which is compressed most and its adjustability allows you to fine tune the handling.

The CorkSport Advantage:

  • One piece design: precise fit and made from 24mm 4130 Steel
  • Adjustable: Two adjustable locations for the end links to install allowing you to change how much the bar uses the other side of the suspension. 94%/175% stiffer than stock on the Mazda 3.
  • Polyurethane sway bar bushings that include brackets fitted with grease fittings for easy servicing
  • Durable blue or black powder coated finish: can survive the winter driving in areas where roads are salted for snow and ice.
  • CorkSport Service and Support: Receive a two year limited warranty, full color installation instructions, all of the needed installation hardware, and knowledgeable telephone support




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I have had this in for around eight months and it has been decent. It was a bit harsh over bumps and it wore out my stock endlinks, something I knew was a Mazda weak point. This product is well made and easy to install, but it came I've once I got the mid chassis brace a few weeks ago. I guess this bar was so sturdy, that it brought out the weak point between it and the front, causing more flex than the factory brace could handle. Now my car seems to only be limited by the factory tires and springs.
This took a little while to install because of Mazda's endlink design, I replaced them with Moog heavier duty ones, but only because Corksports were out of stock at that time. With the quality of the mid chassis and this rear swaybar, I think I'll be picking up a few more pieces that make my car a go cart.
From the factory, my '12 Skyactiv 3 hatch had an annoying amount of understeer, so I bought this bar to replace it. Installation was easy and trouble free except that a bolt stripped the threads at the spec'd lb'ft with a torque wrench. Replaced with same size bolt and nut, set the bar to the stiffer setting, and done.

The difference is immediately noticeable. Turn-in is more immediate and controlled, cornering speed increases, and the car now feels just much more balanced. Driving a gravel road at speed is great fun. You can easily throw the back end out with some sharp steering inputs, but it's very controllable and never scary. When driving at high speeds in the wet (track) the slip is almost even, making the car almost feel like it's just moving sideways a little, with neither front not back out of balance.

One major flaw is noise. This thing is noisy no matter what I do. I've taken the bar off to regrease 4 times now in under two years. One very helpful fix is USE TEFLON TAPE around the bar where it meets the bushings. Along with a generous amount of silicone grease (I used SuperLube Silicone) this bought me around six months before it started squeaking again. If you don't use the tape, I get maybe a month before it's squeaking away again. It's annoying and embarassing, and the bar will have to come off when the car is sold so people don't think the car has problems.

For an enthusiast, this bar is great. It gives more control, more confidence, and more fun. Worth every penny. For an average joe who just wants to put parts on their car, be aware that this bar will require repeated maintenance to keep you sane. You've been warned.
Three years of driving with the swaybar. Then bracket decided to shear off. hmmm, you guys should provide a thicker bracket next time.

CorkSport Reply:Give us a call, we would like to hear what happened, 360-260-2675
The mechanic said it was easy to install. I still haven't driven hard enough to test things out completely. That will come over time.
Edit to my earlier review. it was not my stock end links that were noisy but the bushings that came with the bar. the grease that came with it wore off after only a few weeks and squirting more in through the nipples till it came out the sides did nothing to quite it down so I replaced the grease with a few rounds of teflon tape and its been quite for months since. Next time I install a bar I am skipping the grease altogether and going straight for the tape.
I just put this in today and WOW. Love the turn it gives make such a HUGE difference over the stock one. Really good instructions as always and would recommend to everyone to get.

Only took about 40 min to install.
I love the turn in this bar gives me. The car is much more responsive now, great improvement at auto X. Only down side is that it makes my stock end links creak and groan like an old man's knees on every low speed turn on the stiffer setting. hoping new end links will fix this. Could not use the stock end links on the softer setting because they were hitting the control arm and making at thunk over every bump.
Noticed the difference right away and only on the softer setting. Didn't like the "Corksport" decal right where I needed to put the mounting hardware, it didn't survive the install. Maybe a painted on one would work better, not that I care, you'd have to be a mouse to be low enough to see it, haha.
Easy install. Took me less than 45 mins with one car jack and a couple of jack-stands.
The handling increase is amazing and on the stiffest setting compliments the CS Front Strut Bar superbly. I handle corners like nothing, anymore.

However I have one question I need to ask of CorkSport.
I'm looking to trade up from my current 2010 Mazda 3 to a 2010+ Mazdaspeed 3. Will this rear swaybar be compatible on the Speed 3?

CorkSport Reply:You can install the swaybar on a MS3 but it will not be much of an improvement over the stock bar. We recommend getting the Mazdaspeed 3 specific bar which offers a bigger upgrade.
Took about 30 minutes to install. Works great. Car feels more solid and very stable around corners.
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