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    Quote Originally Posted by Bralexander View Post
    Well, I joined the broken Daox swaybar club today! I ordered mine at the end of 2020, so it lasted a little more than a year and approximately 10,000 miles. I did very little "sporty" driving in that time and was gentle with our Mirage overall. I did really enjoy the added stability of the swaybar, but won't be purchasing a new one, from any manufacturer, as it's not worth the worry of when it will break again. Oh well...



    Bralexander - thanks for sharing those pics. My 1st generation rear sway bar failed in the same manner. I suspect my 2nd generation sway bar will fail some day, too.

    It's a sign that the sway bar is working hard to stabilize the Mirage.

    For those observing or considering all this, Erik's recent post displays the UR sway bar. Unlike the pipe used, the UR sway bar appears to be a solid bar. By design that bar may allow for some flexing, too! I suspect it's lifespan would be much greater.

    If my sway bar failed tomorrow & I was planning to sell my Mirage in the upcoming year, I wouldn't replace it. If I were planning to the drive the car another 5+ years, I wouldn't hesitate to replace it asap.

    I find it also helps stabilize the car at higher speeds. High speed highway driving with strong cross winds is not always a pleasant experience with a Mirage. I value the sway bar under those circumstances more than the winding roads in my area.

    I appreciate Bralexander's pics & Erik's You Tube posting, too. Good stuff!



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    I installed a slightly used DAOX unit today. Being concerned with the breakage others have reported, I thought perhaps rubber bushings between the bar would allow enough flex to not cause failure. I had the tires off from the oil change/tire rotation (37,500 miles on my '21) and thought this the best time to install. I bought a VSL225 from autozone and robbed the bushings from the package. I also used longer stainless bolts 2" (50mm) The bolts probably could have been shorter. I just added the thickness of a bushing to the length of the bolts I received with the bar. I may actually swap in shorter bolts in the future if i feel necessary. I then installed the bar with the bushings and tightened until the bottom washers no longer spun by hand. Then I reinstalled the wheels and made everything tight. I could not hold the forward bolt head very well as it was against the bottom rubber spring seat. I had to hold it with an open ended wrench inline with the bolt instead of the correct way. If I did it again I would find metric bolts with a smaller head. I did my best to avoid overtightening the bolts because I still wanted the hard rubber bushing to have some compression left.
    Overall I was very please with the reduced body roll. My biggest hope is added highway stability during windy conditions from nature and semi trucks.
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    Last edited by Christopher_B; 05-17-2022 at 10:36 PM.

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    Glad to see my old bar doing some good Chris!


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