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Old 09-26-2019, 10:17 AM   #1
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Front sway bar links with KW-based coilovers

Figured Iíd share my experience in case it helps anyone in the future. Car is 2017 Toyota 86.

While using KW-based coilovers (KW, ST, RCE) the stock end links may or may not be too long depending upon what front sway bar you run.

In my case, I am running a Perrin 22mm front bar. With this setup the stock end links are too long, resulting in slight contact between the sway bar and control arm halfway between full droop and ride height.


I originally tried Whiteline KLC180-195 end links based on recommendations I found on this forum. These end links moved the sway bar from below to above the control arm which avoids any contact issues with the control arm. However, at full compression the sway bar would just barely contact the chassis in this area.


Even when adjusting these beyond what Whiteline recommends I still had very slight contact with the chassis, like just barely touching the paint. Hereís the clearance at ride height.


So, I researched and found that Whiteline KLC180-215 is a longer version. With this setup, I have plenty of adjustment in the link and have gained about 1/2Ē in clearance to the chassis, which should be all that is needed. Hereís the clearance at ride height.

Hereís a comparison of all 3 end link lengths.


If you run a different front sway bar then this may not be an issue for you. However, I did notice the problem even with a stock front bar.


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Old 10-18-2019, 05:37 PM   #2
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@Chuckable how much lower are you than stock? I feel like the ride height plays in here as well when trying to determine which length endlink to buy.
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Old 10-18-2019, 05:44 PM   #3
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Definitely it does. Iím about 1Ē lower than stock.


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I'm lowered about 1.25" on RCE Tarmac 2's. Which version would be best for me?
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Old 10-28-2019, 01:54 PM   #5
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I'm lowered about 1.25" on RCE Tarmac 2's. Which version would be best for me?


I hesitate to make a recommendation since I donít want to be wrong and waste your money, but if you have a Perrin front sway bar then I think the KLC180-215 will work. You wonít have much adjustment in the end link because it will be nearly the right total length.

If you had a stock front bar then Iíve been told that the OEM link will work, but I donít know if thatís true.


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I’m wondering if this thread is relayed to the issue I’m hearing. Driving over bumps I’ll hear a clunk sometimes coming from the front crossmember.

I know the Perrin front bar isn’t exactly shaped like the stock one so that could be causing issues, but I also have 1/6 of the crossmember bolts stripped and therefore no bolt is there.

Maybe the extra leverage from the bigger front bar is causing the crossmember brace thing to flex?
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Any noise Iíve ever heard in that area was a loose end link, though your thought is certainly just as plausible.


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Hey everyone sorry to revive this thread but I'm having the same issue making contact with the lower control arm.



My set up is RCE tarmac 2's with RCE camber plates at -2.4 and I'm using the stock sway bar. I'm lowered about 1.25" maybe a bit more. Do you think the KLC180-215 will help fix that?



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Hey everyone sorry to revive this thread but I'm having the same issue making contact with the lower control arm.



My set up is RCE tarmac 2's with RCE camber plates at -2.4 and I'm using the stock sway bar. I'm lowered about 1.25" maybe a bit more. Do you think the KLC180-215 will help fix that?



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Iím running those with T2ís. No hitting on my hoopty.

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Trinidadj, responded to your PM.


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Thanks Chuckable and NoHaveMSG, I'm going to post a pic of what it currently looks like maybe that can a give a bit more insight.
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See link below for pics of my set up


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An adjustable sway bar link like the Whiteline should take care of it. My setup is very similar, I am running the 22mm Perrin adjustable sway, lowered 1.25 inch from stock, -3.2 camber and mine clears with the whiteline endlink. I had to shorten in most of the way to get it there but it clears by a good amount as you can see from my previous picture.
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okay thank you so just to confirm you went with the KLC180-210?

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