Mazda Protege Rear Sway Bar Bushing Upgrade

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This is an upgrade kit for the Mazda Protege and Mazda 3 rear sway bar bushings with the setup shown to the left.

The upgrade kit can be purchased for either the stock sway bar or various aftermarket bar diameters. The kit includes two Steel brackets (Aluminum brackets are shown in the photographs), two Energy Suspension Polyurethane Bushing Kits, and the four bolts needed for installation.

The kit is installed in the same manner as the stock bushings. Installation takes about 30 minutes with a floor jack and a socket set.

The stock mount design is flawed and quickly wears the undersized bushings. The stock bushings have been known to wear to the point of making noise within a year of installation. The Cheetah kit should last the life of the vehicle. In the unlikely event that a bushing from this kit does wear out, both bushing can be replaced for only about $10 total.

The photos show a stock mount cut in half to display how thin the bushing is around the rear bar. The wall thickness is only 1/8" and very quickly wallows out the outer edges. The Polyurethane bushings included in this kit are not only a much stiffer material than stock, but will hold up much longer than the stock rubber bushings which degrade rather quickly from temperature changes. The longer and thicker 5/16" wall around the bar in the Cheetah kit is more than double that of the stock mounts. This greatly stiffens the rear suspension in the same fashion that a larger bar would accomplish.

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Price: $ 110.00

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