**** works. That is all.
$46 MaxSpeed LOWERING SPRINGS SET FOR 1998-2006 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE F1.4/R1.2
Forgot the price - Ultra Racing Rear Sway Bar.
The sway bar definitely keeps the rear planted more and helps with the swaying. I would recon, it gave the car 50-75% roll resistance. I must say that I didnt think it would work; I'm glad I was proven wrong. Every mirage that rolls out the factory needs some sort of rear sway bar. Product is nice and heavy - might be too much for the average user, but I take corners like they're meant to be taken so the stiffness is great for me.
The springs are thicker and heavier than stock. They also seem to be half an inch or so taller than stock. Granting, the stock springs have close to 30k miles on them, I would think that brand new stock springs might be close to this height. The 'air-ride' like feel of the rear is gone. Bounces are nice and firm. Lean has also been reduced thanks to the springs. The result of the raised height also seems to have fixed rear alignment issue of my 15" 195-50-15 wheel/tire combo. Back in the day, it seems that the inside of the tires would be worn out more than the outside of the tires. Now the rear tires seem more flat.
All together, I would, without hesitation, recommend this combo. Since the springs are cheaper, I would have wanted to put them on first without the sway bar to see what difference one and the other does. I didn't feel like doing the same job twice so I just installed both at the same time.
The combo's effect can be seen especially during mild/aggressive medium speed turns. The car seems to not roll at all compared to before. On high speed freeway intersection bridges, with 40mph speed limits, pushing the car at twice the speed limit still feels iffy. The weight imbalance (I'm +200lbs) still has the car bouncing harder/softer on different corners. Not sure if struts/shocks are the culprit - or perhaps changing the front springs would help.
Speaking of which, the aftermarket front springs look like they should work. They seem a little wider than stock though so I'll have to check clearance issues.
The biggest test now is to fill the car up with people and see if the rear still 'bottoms out,' which has happened even with only two people in the past.
Will post pix sometime soon.