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    Quote Originally Posted by CorkSport View Post
    Anyone have a stock 1st gen Cx5 AWD swaybar that they can take a picture of? Specifically the ends of the bar after the 90 degree bend.

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    Chris,

    Thanks for the picture, can you measure front to back?

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    ~7.5" to outer radius:



    ~7" to inside radius
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    The measurements look correct for what we have here for our Mazda 3 bar. The only other thing I could think of that would be different is the end link hole, I thought the AWD Cx5 used an M12 and the 2wd used an M10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CorkSport View Post
    The measurements look correct for what we have here for our Mazda 3 bar. The only other thing I could think of that would be different is the end link hole, I thought the AWD Cx5 used an M12 and the 2wd used an M10.

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    Don't think so. For example Autoexe endlinks (which I have) are the exact same p/n for the 3 and cx5 AWD/WWD. P/N "MKE7655". The stud is snug in the hole.

    cx5 https://www.autoexe.co.jp/english/car/ke.html
    mz3 (BM) https://www.autoexe.co.jp/english/car/bm.html
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    Probably good to go then on fitment. Worst case if you have a 4wd CX5 and the end links are M12 you just drill out the end of the bar to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CorkSport View Post
    Probably good to go then on fitment. Worst case if you have a 4wd CX5 and the end links are M12 you just drill out the end of the bar to work.

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    By bar you mean the anti sway bar? Are you sure that the sway bar can be drilled? I know it's made of spring steel...

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    If yours is like my 2015 and 2016.5, you'd be better off with stiffer rear springs.

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    Best Anti-Sway Options

    From what I read on this forum thread for a normal street, road, and canyon driving car that's going to get tons of miles, it makes sense to simply upgrade the sway bars, starting first with the rear. This car is never going to the track, but it's going on lots of road trips back and forth through steep canyons and highways with cross winds and sweeping turns. I don't need to mod the suspension with totally, that's why I chose a CX-5 over a Rav4 or some tippy feeling car.

    I've gathered this is an easy DIY. I've done this upgrade on lots of other cars easily with impressive results. Some engineering on this car sometimes surprises me that certain mods are not as easy as they could be.

    How easy are the sway bar changes? What else is involved?

    What are the current options for Rear and Front / sizes, sources? Do I just trust "Google"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2014CX5GTAWD View Post
    From what I read on this forum thread for a normal street, road, and canyon driving car that's going to get tons of miles, it makes sense to simply upgrade the sway bars, starting first with the rear. This car is never going to the track, but it's going on lots of road trips back and forth through steep canyons and highways with cross winds and sweeping turns. I don't need to mod the suspension with totally, that's why I chose a CX-5 over a Rav4 or some tippy feeling car.

    I've gathered this is an easy DIY. I've done this upgrade on lots of other cars easily with impressive results. Some engineering on this car sometimes surprises me that certain mods are not as easy as they could be.

    How easy are the sway bar changes? What else is involved?

    What are the current options for Rear and Front / sizes, sources? Do I just trust "Google"?

    2014 GT AWD

    Thanks!
    Rear sway is relatively easy to access, if you have access to a lift. Although you could do it on jack stands set to high and a jack to raise and lower the rear differential. You remove 1 bolt from each rear end link and then the four subframe bolts while you have a jack under the rear differential (the rear diff is attached tot he subframe so it's not going anywhere, just don't let it hang since that's a lot of weight on the transmission). This allows you to lower the subframe enough to access the sway bar. Front is more involved as you have to lower the front subframe a little, (I think 6 bolts) and also unbolt 1 end of the RMM, in addition to the 1 end of each end link. If you plan on paying for labour I'd get a quote first. I ran a rear only for a long time but I also had stiffer springs/dampers which also control body roll. The front was more important to me because of my ride height compared to the performance gain (which was not that drastic due to my other mods) in my set up. If you are running stock height I'd probably run a rear only and decide later if you want the front. Since C/S doesn't officially list a CX-5 bar anymore (I didn't check again), Ultra Racing, Hard Race (resold as Megan racing) and autoexe are choices.

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