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I ordered the AMG rear anti roll bar.
Will i work fine? I'm asking you that since this bar is so cheap! 50$!!!
Will it change anything on stability or is just a waste of money?
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The bar is cheap...but the labor to install is probably hard as you must lower a bunch of the rear suspension to install the bar...as I have heard. And, yes, more and larger anti-roll bars create a more responsive automobile up to a point. If you go too stiff on springs/shocks/roll bars/tires...you lose compliance on everyday roads and the darn thing doens't handle worth a damn on anything but the smoothest race track or street. But anything AMG puts out probably is a good trade of as to handling/performance...so you should not worry....it won't screw up your car.

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Max is correct, you must lower the entire rear suspension to install the rear sway bar. However, the AMG bar and the "non" AMG bar from the factory are the same. Only the front bar is larger. It is relatively easy to install.
 

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Geoff - 3/1/2005 6:00 AM
It is relatively easy to install.
You mean the front bar?

Wich is a good rear bar?
I must do that job so.. install it will not cost me much..[8D]
 

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The front bar is easy to install, the rear is very difficult. I bought the AMG bar for the front and kept the stock bar in the rear.
 

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Geoff - 3/1/2005 12:00 AM

It is relatively easy to install.
Being that a 1997 SLK didn't come with a rear anti roll bar, would any drilling into the subframe be necessary, or would just the mounting hardware be needed?
 

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If you drill into the subframe make sure you reinforce the mounting points. It will be no fun if the rear bar tears out of the subframe.
 

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Geoff - 3/2/2005 6:15 AM

The front bar is easy to install, the rear is very difficult. I bought the AMG bar for the front and kept the stock bar in the rear.
Is there any drive-ability changes between the front AMG bar and the factory one?
Otherwise I'll leave it so!
 

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Being that a 1997 SLK didn't come with a rear anti roll bar, would any drilling into the subframe be necessary, or would just the mounting hardware be needed?
I know this is an old topic, but this is exactly the information I was looking for. Anyone knows if the 1997 model comes with a front and rear bar? Just front? None? I looked at the engine compartment and there seems to be no bar connecting the suspension towers, so I supose it doesn't even have a front bar.

I'm guessing I can fit the front bar easily (maybe the AMG one refered on this topic) but would I be able to fit a rear one without any stupid mods, i mean, are there any standard fixing points?

Because, i did some research and it seems that a stiffer front bar increases understeering and a stiffer rear bar decreases understeering, so I guess it wouldn't be very smart to install only the front one as I hate understeering, after all, roadsters are rear traction for some reason.. They're much more fun! ;)

Any help would be much appreciated.
 

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the front stabliser bar is under the car. take the plastic cover from under the engine and you will see it. i know h&r offer a stronger replacement which bolts right in. for the front i dont think there is much drama fitting it. (see pic of front one)

the rear one well...... for preface lift slk you have to drop the whole rear carrier/subframe and weld up mounting points. for the postface lift slk it comes with one and you can bolt it right on... BUT you still have to drop the whole rear carrier/subframe to have room to work.
 

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Thanks fo the info.
Mine is pre-facelift, so I guess my options are limited.
I would consider welding the rear bar fixing points, but i think it's not the the kind of work one can trust to any regular garage. Not the ones I know...
And I guess just replacing the front for a better one is pointless...
 

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shocks & springs would make a significant difference... diff sway bar not so much. and even if you did, you probably wouldnt notice it on the road. on the track maybe
 

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Thanks for the advice. I guess I'm quitting on this idea of upgrading the bars then. My car doesn't get any track use..
 
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