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Would this work?

I was looking on eBay and I came across this item https://www.ebay.com/itm/162268141929. I know that a rear sway bar would probably be way more beneficial but is this a possible option?
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Re: Would this work?

It should stiffen it up some.

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Re: Would this work?

Truthfully, this will do nothing in the area of stiffening. xB's have shocks in the rear, so a "strut bar" is more of a showpiece than a functioning item, as it connects to the studs on the shock (which I was never comfortable with). I have a set of home-made trunk bars that offer a degree of body stiffening, but if you want chassis stiffening, go with your latter idea and get the sway bar.

GT Spec used to make a rear "sway bar for the xB.



And years ago, an engineering buddy of mine who was a member here made one (which he gave me when he sold his box - it's still sitting in my garage).




For the record, my home-made trunk bars.

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Truthfully, this will do nothing in the area of stiffening. xB's have shocks in the rear, so a "strut bar" is more of a showpiece than a functioning item, as it connects to the studs on the shock (which I was never comfortable with). I have a set of home-made trunk bars that offer a degree of body stiffening, but if you want chassis stiffening, go with your latter idea and get the sway bar.

GT Spec used to make a rear "sway bar for the xB.



And years ago, an engineering buddy of mine who was a member here made one (which he gave me when he sold his box - it's still sitting in my garage).




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That makes sense. I'm still new to the whole suspension aspect of things. I just got a Hotchkis front sway bar and Energy Suspension endlinks. I just have to get the rebuild kit for the FSB before I can install it.

I only ask because I see them for other vehicles and there's really nothing for the xB, but now I understand why. Although, if used in conjunction with a RSB, would it help more or still just more of a show piece?
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Re: Would this work?

IMO, it's still just a showpiece for the 1st Gen.

Here's my friend's Jeff's thread when he made his bars, interesting reading: https://www.clubxb.com/forums/scion-x...prototype.html
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I learned something new today! Guess I'll just invest into a RSB instead of something like that. Thanks for the info DTrain, btw did those custom trunk bars help at all or just show?
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Re: Would this work?

While they do exert some pressure to the body, I don't drive my car hard enough to notice, therefore they are showy LOL!

They are based on the Weapon R rear brace, minus the C-Pillar bars.

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Ah I see. Well at least they'd work better than the tower bar in the rear. Either way, thanks for the info!
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Re: Would this work?

My bad I guess I half ass looked at that I was on my way to bed. I thought it was a sway bar. Lol

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Re: Would this work?

Could you not also use this bar to attach a 4 point harness if you're crazy enough to have sport/racing seats in the rear as well?

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