Racing Beat Sway Bar Set

Racing Beat Sway Bar Links & Reinforcing Brackets

[6/23/2009] Reviewed by: Tony Comer -

Applicable to: '99-'05 1.8 liter

Racing Beat adjustable sway bar end links and reinforcing brackets - weld on type.

Already had Racing Beat front bar and very happy with it. While installing new CA bushings decided to install RB end links and reinforcing brackets on CA's. Had brackets welded and fit as advertised. When installing end links the bolts stripped while hand tightening (I'm not THAT strong). I went to Lowes and picked up Grade 5 bolts and nuts and installed and torqued to 36 ft-lbs with no problem. I'm happy with the performance but disappointed in the quality of the mounting hardware.

I would expect better from Racing Beat.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Racing Beat Sway Bars

[7/20/2007] Reviewed by: Colin -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

-Racing Beat Hollow Front Swaybar -Racing Beat Front Swaybar Brace Kit -Racing Beat Solid Rear Swaybar

After initial installation (ran with stock struts and springs), my car was instantly transformed. It made me realized how worn my stock struts were, because I feel alot more confident with the car's handling and predictability. Great suspension components, would do it again in a heartbeat.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Racingbeat Sway Bars (Solid)

[6/25/2007] Reviewed by: Andrew Wong aka bobomonster -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

I purchased this part used from a friend who crashed his Miata. The front sway bar was fairly chunky compared over to stock. The rear one was slightly thicker. I used my stock end links, and the installation was fairly easy. Just unscrew the end links off the stock ones, and bolt on the new ones.

So far, I noticed that my bodyroll had dramatically reduced. I've only tested it at speeds of up to 80mph. It really feels good when you hang a high speed turn. The rear and front end feel solid. I can easily dive into quick 90 degree turns without the rear end kicking out as hard. Even when it does, it's quite easy to counter steer because you can really feel it lose out. With the stock ones, the reaction was a little delayed because there was a good amount of body roll. Overall, this is a working product worth purchasing!

Before installing these swaybars, my car had completely stock suspension. When I installed these swaybars, I also installed KYB 8 way adjustable shocks, and H&R springs all at once. I can't quite rate just the sway bars, because I did a complete suspension swap. However, I can tell you that the bodyroll decreased dramatically. Shocks and springs a lone won't completely reduce the body roll like how upgraded sway bars would.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Racing Beat End links

[4/15/2007] Reviewed by: Phil Wong -

Applicable to: '99-'05 1.8 liter

Front and rear Racing Beat End links for a NB

First I tried installing them with the OEM sway bars, before installing an aftermarket set. The fronts did not look correct as they were not loaded properly (cockeyed to the flat surface of the A-arm attachment point and the sway bar). Plus, they looked like they would not give the same freedom of movement over the original endlinks. Never tried the rear as I took the fronts off and used the original OEM endlinks with the aftermarket sway bars.

Would not recommend with a NB. The OEM endlinks provide movement and are more than sufficient.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

Racing Beat sway bars and end links

[5/6/2005] Reviewed by: Terry -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Racing Beat solid front and rear sway bars and heavy duty end links.

Sway bar fit and finish was excellent and installation was simple. 1 hour for the rear and 1.5 hours for the front including replacing and assembling the end links. Front sway bar included 2 urethane bushings, 2 new brackets and prothane grease. Rear sway bar included 2 urethane bushings and prothane grease. End links (pair) came unassembled and included 4 bolts, 8 washers and 4 locking nuts for connecting the end links to the sway bar and suspension.

A very good addition that improves cornering feel. Car leans less during hard fast courners. Slightly tighter steering feel along with slightly firmer ride. If I were to do it again I would pass on the end links. The originals looked good enough to remain and I would rather spend the cost on another modification.

Not an installed item


[10/14/2004] Reviewed by: Paul V -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter

RB SOLID sways front and rear

An easy install. The difference was night and day. A nice solid feel going into turns. Pulling your foot off the gas in the middle results in very minor oversteer which I prefer.

The guy at RB asked me what my intended use was - which is spirited road driving. He told me NOT to get the hollow (stiffer) front bar, the reinforced brackets or anything else. You've got to like a company that would rather sell you what you need as opposed to making a little more on the sale. Also, thanks to the Nutmeg Miata fall tech session.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

Racing Beat Sway Bar End Links

[7/20/2004] Reviewed by: Kelly -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Adjustable End links with Poly Bushings. Purchased from Goodwin Racing for $56 per pair. One pair covers one sway bar. New hardware included

Removed factory links on alignement rack so sway bar had little load. Installed new links and adjusted so the sway bar had no preload. Install took 30 min for front and back.

Car feels a little tighter. Construction is excellent. Instructions were good. I would reccomend to anyone with high milage end links.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Racing Beat Front Swaybar Brace

[7/6/2003] Reviewed by: Michel Hoche-Mong

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Brace that reinforces the front swaybar mounting brackets.

Works like a champ. I have A/C and their instructions for inserting the block were spot on. A terrific product.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Racing Beat Swaybars

[7/6/2003] Reviewed by: Michel Hoche-Mong

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Racing Beat Tubular Front Swaybar and Solid Rear Swaybar

They're swaybars. What is there to say? They seem well made. Nice polyurethane bushings. The rear one has ridges in it to keep it from walking sideways, which is nice. It also has two bolt holes in the ends, making it 3-way adjustable.

I put these on as a set. The balance is about right - it maintained the stock handling characteristics while reducing body roll. I put these on as a precursor to upgrading to a Koni/Eibach/GC setup; they might be too stiff for the stock springs and result it wheel lift. I don't know. They work great with what I have.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Racing Beat sway bars and front sway bar brace

[8/25/2002] Reviewed by: Scott Anderson -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Front and rear sway bars and front sway bar brace.

Not too difficult to install. The instructions are very clear. I can not believe the the difference in the car. I corners nearly flat I can feel the tires working more in the corners than I could before.

I looked at BSP bars as well and it is obvious that Racing Beat put much more development into their product. I think you would be hard pressed to find a better performing set of bars.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

Racing Beat Tubular Sway Bars

[7/29/2002] Reviewed by: Chris Anderson -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Bright red sway bar set, with polyurethane bushings front and rear and reinforced CAD plated mounts in the front.

The front sway bar is HUGE, 15/16 to be exact, the rear one is 5/8. Instalation was fairly easy. The instuctions were well written, and helped a lot. Cornering was much improved although understeer is more present now. I set the rear sway bar on its outer hole, but think I will change that. The car leans very little now and I have added about 8 mph on onramps. Before I was at 45 mph now I am up to 52/53 mph. My car is stock otherwise and this mod really made the car more fun to drive.

Removing the front sway bar is hard, since I have an M-edition. But I pulled the sway bar out the PASSENGER side and put it in the PASSENGER side. This goes against what Racing Beat's intructions say but worked none the less. The set was ordered from Go Miata, and thier service was incredable, I was treated well and they have free shipping. Great Product!

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

Racing Beat Front Sway Bar

[8/15/2001] Reviewed by: Don Neudecker -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Racing Beat's Front sway bar is a much larger diameter and stiffer bar than the stock bar. Since it's hollow though, it actually ways less than the stock bar. I also purchased their heavy duty brackets. I wanted to purchase their adjustable endlinks but they were out of stock.

The sway bar was a nice looking, bright red. It came with a sheet of very clear instructions. I chose to use ramps since I usually use them to change oil anyhow. This really saved a few minutes since you have to lower the car after installing the bar to settle it and THEN tighten the endlinks. I read how other people complained about having to remove the plastic shield under the engine, but it's really just a time issue. It's not a difficult task, just time consuming because of the number of bolts and screws that need to be removed. Overall, it was a very simple, straightforward installation. It took me an hour and twenty five minutes, but I was taking my time. I'm sure I could have easily done it in less than an hour if I wanted to.

This is my first modification so far. I was truly surprised at how much of a difference this sway bar made! There is very little body roll now. The biggest improvement though would have to be in how much more of a tire patch you have when the suspension geometry doesn't change the way it does during stock body roll. I have cheap tires on the car and it feels like I put much stickier tires on. There is absolutely no tire squeal now under circumstances which would have made the tires scream prior to putting the bar on. Also, I autocrossed the car before and after the install. Unfortunately for this review, I also added Khumo autocross tires for my "after" autocross event. The combination of the two though, shaved off 9 SECONDS!!! The lack of body roll really made the car MUCH more controllable in the turns. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

Racing Beat Front Sway Bar Brace

[7/30/2001] Reviewed by: Poor Dumb Tomato Farmer -

Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.8 liter

Racing Beat Front Sway Bar Brace

I just put on the Racing Beat "Front Sway Bar Brace" that was featured in the May 2001 Miata Magazine page 28. ($70 + $6.75 shipping....) GREAT MODIFICATION ! Tightens up the front end immensely. I also added PROTHANE Polyurethane sway bar bushings to the front and rear stock sway bars at the same time...... Changed the whole attitude of the car.... Now quick lane changes at 70 mph are a simple 1/2 inch move of the steering wheel. You HAVE TO pay attention it responds so quick..... FYI, I am running a Freedom Design strut tower brace, KYB AGX 8 way adjustable shocks, stock springs, stock sway bars, and 14" Toyo T1S tires and a "slightly" modified alignment. Recommendation: Get this brace. It's worth it.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

[6/16/2001] Reviewed by: Ted Williams -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Front tubular steel red powder coat. Beautiful. About 2x stock diameter. Rear solid steel, red powder coat finish. Also, beautiful. Kit comes complete with very thorough instructions and everything you need for the install sans tools. It even includes a very high quality lithium based grease for the urethane bushings.

hoooooooooo BABY!!!!! this is the only suspension upgrade I've made (so far).. Springs and shocks are stock so this is solely about the anti sway bars and what a difference. The car has lept off of the asphalt and landed on rails. Corners very flat. That little bit of body roll that existed before is long gone.

Would recommend this to anyone. Have never installed suspension components before but the directions were very complete and the install straight forward. Getting the plastic cover off in the front was a PITA but more tedious than difficult.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

[6/8/2001] Reviewed by: Greg Rice -

Applicable to: '90 - '97

Front sway bar - replaces stock sway bar with a stronger one.

GREAT instructions. Worth emphasizing because lame instructions on aftermarket mods seems to be epidemic. No-brainer install, took about an hour, taking my time. Used jackstands.

Noticeable difference. The Miata was already pretty flat in turns, now it's flatter. Steering is noticeably snappier/more responsive, especially when I push it -which of course is the point of having a Miata in the first place :-) Highly recommend this product - cannot wait to put the back one in.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

[4/19/2001] Reviewed by: Philip Alexy -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Racign Beat Tubular Front Sway, Sway Bar Brace Kit

I used to have Jackson Racing sways on my 10AE before and liked them, but still had a minor amount of cowl shake. so on my new 10AE i thought i would go the Racing Beat route. Ordering was a little confusing since Racing Beat has so many chassis products that use pretty well the same words but are fundamentally different from each other. but i decided to go with their recommendation and only do the front bar and at the same time get the Brace Kit (because of the '99+ redesign of the chassic mounts). I've done sways before but it took a little planning because i was installing both at the same time. But everything went together just fine...i just wish there was an easier was to remove that blasted plastic undercarriage protector...and a less noxious brand of lithium grease.

Wow. There was such a marked difference that i could tell when i was just rolling the car off the ramps to settle the bars before i torqued the link bolts to spec. there is no cowl shake. none. period. it feels like the front of the car is just one solid block of inflexible metal. i did notice a slight loss in responsiveness in steering at dead centre, but that's the one and only sticky bit in what is otherwise a perfect product. Can't wait until i get my summer tyres on!!!

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

[10/9/2000] Reviewed by Matthew TUcker -

I am associated with a company that sells or manufactures this product.

Applicable to '99 +

Racign Beat Tubular Front Sway, Sway Bar Brace Kit, HD Mounting Brackets, & Rear Sway (re-used stock endlinks).

Install was easy provided you are familiar with the removal of the undertray. They are virtually a bolt on replacement with the obvious exception of a few more steps since I installed the brace kit at the same time. The change in handling is night & day though. The car is able to just bite into the turns & slalom's like never before. The back end is somewhat difficult to get to swing out like I was used to but it corners like it's on rails now. A DEFINATE must do mod for anyone looking to make their car handle better.

Racing Beat also reccomends HIGHLY that you weld an extra flange onto the lower control arm and use thier HD Sway Bar Endlinks, but I have found this to be unnecessary when using the Sway Bar Brace Kit.

NOTE There is some problems with the install if you have the Oil Relocation & Intercooler kit. The lines that go to & from the intercooler had previously been routed through the space for the sway bar brace support. It took a little bit of cutting of the plastic skirt on the side of the engine to allow for proper clearence but it will work... just takes a bit of time & patience.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

[10/13/2000] Reviewed by: Scott Adamson -

Applicable to: '99 +

Racing Beat front swaybar and sway bar brace kit for 2000 Miata

Installation was straight forward and took about 1 1/2 hours to complete. I used ramps for the installation.

I was planning on getting the rear also but it was out of stock. It works great by itself. I went from having the rear end break loose suddenly to just a little bit of overstear, really hard to get the rear loose now. I will try the rear also when it come in. I put it through the paces today and its incredible handling is much tighter and flatter.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

[12/19/99] Reviewed by Danny Rice -

Applicable to '90 - '97 1.6 liter 1.8 liter

Racing Beat Sway Bar set, 15/16 front, 5/8 rear, and front sway bar brace kit.

The sway bars and brace kit were well packaged. The instructions were well written and easy to follow. Installation took about 2.5 hours and no real problems were encountered.

I have not had the opportunity to run the car through any really tight corners as yet. However, there is a noticeable differnce in the amount of body roll during everyday driving. I did notice the rear sway bar was slipping side to side. I removed the anti-slip bushings, re-cleaned the sway bar and the bushings with alcohol and re-installed the anti-slip bushing. This time I used aluminum hose clamps instead of the plastic speedclamps provided by Racing Beat. The hose clamps appear to be doing a better job at preventing the rear sway bar from slipping. The proof will be at the next autocross.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

Reviewed by: Greg Maiser -

Antiroll bars for front and rear

Very good fit and finish on the bars. Easy to install, though a little tricky in the front - routing the bar over and around the plumbing for the A/C. Discovered some loose hardware on some other items while I was under the car! They're a good product, and a good value. (Installed on a 1990 "A" package)

The improvement in handling was notable, though not extreme. The bars were installed shortly after the addition of front and rear sub-brace assemblies. Those made a nice improvement as well, though may have diminished the degree to which I was able to discern the changes wrought by the antiroll bars.

Soon to be added are RB springs (Racing set), and Tokico Illuminas.

Reviewed by: Justin Rank -

These are replacement bars and bushings for the stocks sway bar items. powdercoated red, so the mechanics in your cars future can see that they have been swapped out : )

These were a piece of cake to install. Jack up the front, remove a few nuts and bolts, and they just goes right on. Same procedure for the rear. My '91 even had the AC hoses to deal with and the whole install only took perhaps and hour and a half...This includes both bars and a rear chassis brace.

This is, so far, the only mod to my car that didn't require some type of altering of the car or product. IMHO, this product is top rate. The first drive with the RB sways was like driving a gocart. My '91 cornered SO much better than before. I feel like the car wanted to lose traction in the turns before it would induce body roll. I believe that Racing Beat has made another nice product for the Miata and I would definately do business with them again in the future.

Reviewed by: Tak Yamamoto -

Huge front and rear sway bars.

Very easy install, about 1.5 hours. The bars are powder coated red.   They come with urethane bushings, but no lithium grease.

The rear roll bar is as large as the old front bar. The new front bar is huge, almost an inch diameter compared to the old 14mm bar.

A big handling improvement over the old toothpicks, Mazda sells the car with. Before the car (A 1993 w/60K miles)had too much body roll. Now there is a noticeable lack of body roll, but still some.

Well worth $200.

I had originally ordered a Jackson Racing kit from Performance Buyers Club, but they were out of stock. A PBC rep offered the more expensive Racing Beat set for the same price. These are slightly larger than the Jackson set.

Racing Beat obviously makes a top quality product, this is a good buy. I highly recommend buying from PBC for they have a wide selection and great customer service.

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