Thanks Mark. I hope so to.
Zero, 2014 ES Plus 5MT, written off but not forgotten.
Zero II, 2014 SE, 5MT, climate She's HOME now!
Shelby AKA "Cute", 2017 ES 5MT, A/C.
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View my fuel log 2017 Mirage ES PLus 1.2 manual: 39.0 mpg (US) ... 16.6 km/L ... 6.0 L/100 km ... 46.8 mpg (Imp)
So the sway bar link bushings I used when I installed the Daox bar 37,000 miles ago are in bad shape. Could be due to the Krown spray. I say this becasue the forward bushing which is less exposed is not nearly as cracked. Either way they had to be replaced. Since the bar had to come off I decided to use stainless socket head bolts and toss the hex head bolts as it is difficult to get a wrench in there. While the bar was off I noticed the finish at the pipe to bracket weld area had flaked off. This is where they tend to break. I don't know if the finish flaked off due to the torsional stress or not. Maybe the exposed metal here cause rust and integrity issues. Either way I really like the bar and will try to maintain it as best as I can. So i took the bar to have it sandblasted. In hopes of increasing longevity I also had some extra welding put on it as shown. The bar is currently at the powder coaters having a satin black finish applied. More pictures to come when I pick it up hopefully late this week. I am installing another set of sway bar link bushings between the bar and the bottom of the axle assembly to absorb some of the stress. If I have to change them every 30-40K in order to keep the bar from breaking I am ok with that.
I think your bushings are helping out. My bar unfortunately broke after 20k miles. So whatever you're doing keep doing it.
Fuel Log: Good enough