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    Which adjustable tie bars?

    Hi all,

    I'm looking to buy some adjustable rear tie bars but I'm unsure which to buy?

    Has anyone fitted the comp brake ones?

    There are a few different bars available and was wondering if any are better than others?
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    get the forge ones they seem okay, dont know if Dave still makes the rear tie arms but you could always go with that as they have good reviews.

    concerning HR i wouldnt touch them at the moment as they seem to have dwindled abit quality wise aside from there ARB which are pretty nifty

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    I have the compbrake ones on my S3 but haven't put any real miles on the car yet to know how well they perform.

    Have you seen these eBay ones? I am not sure if they are adjustable or not as the main description says nothing but the text in the body does, may be worth an email to see.

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    Cheers guys unfortunatey Daves not able to make them at the moment, yeah the forge ones do seem like the ones to get but at nearly £100 more than the compbrake's I wonder is it worth it?

    Good to know theres somebody running the compbrake's what did the quality of them seem like mate?
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    Thinking of ordering some today as well! Been looking at the KWs much cheaper than the forge tie bars

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    s3 Hoggy - They look the part and feel pretty solid, for the money they were at the time (£189) I have no complaints, I kinda wish I had bought two sets now.

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    Life time guarantee on the Forge ones and available for next day delivery if you wanted them.

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    The compbrake ones look to have a solid rose joint at one end whereas the others have rubber/poly bushes... would get a bit of noise from that I suspect on a road car..

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    I've got the KW ones Hoggy, been on the car for about three years now with no problems. Read a few horror stories about them failing but touch wood mine have been fine!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maz View Post
    I've got the KW ones Hoggy, been on the car for about three years now with no problems. Read a few horror stories about them failing but touch wood mine have been fine!
    Haha don't tell us that! I'm just about to order some

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    I've just ordered 2 pairs of the gruvenparts ones. I went rose jointed but they do poly ones now too. Went for black of course + adjustable drop links and the headlight adjuster bracket. I would have got dave's ones if I was in the UK but the shipping was mental when he quoted.



    gruvenparts.com - TT/R32 Adjustable Rear Control Arms

    The CPT ones look awesome but are pricey:



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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTackalakalaka View Post
    Haha don't tell us that! I'm just about to order some
    Lol, don't worry Mr T I'm sure you'll be fine. I've also read about the forge ones snapping so make your choice and cross your fingers!


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    I have KW's too... they have been fine... one thing to watch out for though is to make sure that after you have had the alignment sorted is to check they did the adjuster nuts up properly... I had my car on the ramp for an unrelated bit of work a week or so after I had the alignment done and one nut was loose...

    The breaking of ties bars (even uprated ones) could still be due to the siezed bush issue or even the adjusters coming loose... its worth inspecting stuff like this from time to time IMO

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    Ah good thanks for that tuffty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam_ View Post
    I've just ordered 2 pairs of the gruvenparts ones. I went rose jointed but they do poly ones now too. Went for black of course + adjustable drop links and the headlight adjuster bracket. I would have got dave's ones if I was in the UK but the shipping was mental when he quoted.



    gruvenparts.com - TT/R32 Adjustable Rear Control Arms

    The CPT ones look awesome but are pricey:



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    Hmm ive been looking at them too lately but was unsure they seem good quality (gruvenparts tie arms) that is did you get the 6 or 7lbs ones... im thinking of spherical ends not the ones with poly bushes...

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    I went spherical/rose jointed ones. Got the two sets as I figured it's easier than doing the bushes on the top two heh. Going to fit them at the same time as the 6 pots, 20mm rear arb, new front end bushes/ball joints/tie rod ends and braided lines. Should make a nice difference...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam_ View Post
    I went spherical/rose jointed ones. Got the two sets as I figured it's easier than doing the bushes on the top two heh. Going to fit them at the same time as the 6 pots, 20mm rear arb, new front end bushes/ball joints/tie rod ends and braided lines. Should make a nice difference...

    Oh yeah, it will im just gonna change all the bushes to powerflex ones get the same Tie arms you got + some bilsteins b14's i can only wonder how the ride will look..

    on a side note i think your S3 will look crazy stance wise

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    Thanks alot for the help lads, I won't be buying the bars untill mid next month, I'll check back in with Dave before I buy but if he's still unable to make his I'll buy KW's
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    I've had a KW one snap, and I know of at least one other person on the forum who has had one snap as well.

    Mine just snapped straight through the solid threaded bar in the centre of the tie bar. Happened at about 70mph on the A19 in North Yorkshire. Caused no end of problems.

    Now have a set of Forge ones from Damien.
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    I am cautious of any that have the threaded part in the middle. To me it seems like you're putting the weakest part in the section that needs to be strongest?
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    Ive just ordered KW tie arms..........After reading some of the comments i am not confident about them! haha

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    Hi,

    I had some KW adjustable bars, one snapped on me.......the bolt sheared in half...NICE. Send them back for a refund if you can...not worth the potential issues they can cause.

    I now have some of S3Daves stainless ones, and from the looks of the quality and the size not even Chuck Norris himself could snap one, and he counted to infinity twice you know.
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    Are the S3dave ones available these days or not?! In the same sort of position as the OP!

 

 

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