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Old 23-11-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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GB: Progress 22mm Rear Sway Bar for 1998-2003 Mazda Astina/Protege

Im just about to order a progress rear sway bar from the USA,
http://www.progressauto.com/products.../productID/446

Price is around US$ 150 and its around $50 in shipping.
Does anyone else want to grab one at the same time to cut shipping costs by about $20 each
Progress Auto Group won't ship to Australia themselves so I have found another supplier they suggested.
Im going to order later today/tomorrow so let me know ASAP if you want one.
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Old 23-11-2011, 01:50 PM   #2
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Yeah i tried getting a GB going for protegegarage but ken never properly got back to me. Despite numerous emails.

Im down for one Phil.
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Old 23-11-2011, 02:33 PM   #3
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After all the horror stories I have heard about protegegarage I am certain that I will NOT deal with them,
From looking on the US forums which PG sponsors everytime a negative post is made it seems to disappear. Funny??
Im going to order them tonight, do you think you can get me the money ASAP?
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Old 23-11-2011, 02:50 PM   #4
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what endlinks are you gonna use? you can't use stock endlinks can you?
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Old 23-11-2011, 02:59 PM   #5
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As far as I know you can use stock endlinks, but I am going to buy some adjustable endlinks, most likely whiteline ones though
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Old 23-11-2011, 03:45 PM   #6
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Phil if you wanna meet tonight I can pay you then otherwise flick us bank details

EDIT: Thats cause sponsors are moderators of there area
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Old 23-11-2011, 04:09 PM   #7
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Phil if you wanna meet tonight I can pay you then otherwise flick us bank details

EDIT: Thats cause sponsors are moderators of there area
I will call/text you soon.

It does suck that if you post a bad experience with a supplier that it could be deleted.
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Old 23-11-2011, 09:29 PM   #8
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Yeah. Most forums have a bad mouthing rule as well meaning you can't bad mouth them else where on the forums either.
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Old 24-11-2011, 08:09 AM   #9
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OK im ordering 2 bars when I get to work, they are working out to be $225 each shipped to me in Brisbane in 5-7 days time.
If anyone else wants one lets me know ASAP!!!
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:46 PM   #10
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I have had this rr sway on my car for yrs now. Love it. Car is lowered 1.4 all around and using oem endlinks with tokico illuminas. No issues with fit, noise or strut tabs. Car has 3-wheel motion entering sloped driveways at angles so be aware of the tire lifting to come.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:33 PM   #11
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Hi Phil, how'd you go with installing this sway bar? Any hassles? I have a BJII 1.8 and looking at new sway bars... I read in another thread for that sp20 owners where having some difficulties with knocking and stuff from another Aussie supplier.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:31 PM   #12
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Hey man,

Fit perfectly with no issues with the product that myself or phil have encountered.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:58 PM   #13
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Hey Ice, did you require any different end links or will the stock ones be ok?
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:17 PM   #14
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TBH this is the best sway bar design I have seen so far for the 323.
I had a Progress + SP20 + Autoexe and a stock 1.8 swaybar all side by side at the same time and the difference between them is quite surprising.
The 1.8 you can easily flex and twist, the SP 20 is a little stiffer and the autoexe is stiffer again.
However the Progress sway bar does not flex or twist when I tried it. I hung most of my weight off it and nothing!!
My car is running the stock endlinks and I have never heard a knock or clunk unlike the Australian designed one.
I do however have to be careful pulling into driveways and car parks as the car now loves to lift its inside rear tyre.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:42 PM   #15
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Hey Phil, great explanation. thanks for that.

I'm sold on the Progress Bar.

I don't mean to digress from topic but I wanted to ask you about your brakes - as I'm thinking of getting the same DBA slotted and the QFM pads set up, I was going to go the 5stud conversion but it seems I need new brakes ASAP and so I will beef up my current set up instead.
Are yours the T2 slotted street series I've searched on the net? Do you have a part no. And most importantly are they Ok?

Cheers, Raf
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Old 27-03-2013, 06:12 PM   #16
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how did you get them to ship to aus? any dramas from a 17mm to 22mm with stock front?
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Old 27-03-2013, 07:41 PM   #17
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I ended up getting mine from a place called Ultrarev in the states and had no isses with shipping and recieved them within 10 days.
http://www.ultrarev.com/62.1122.html
It does take a little bit of driving to get used to the super stiff rear end but once you do it is well worth the effort.
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Old 27-03-2013, 07:46 PM   #18
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cheers for reply! did you have to replace the endlinks? i got j48
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Old 27-03-2013, 09:15 PM   #19
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I didn't need too. Not a bad thing to replace though while your doing it given there probably 10+ years old now.
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Old 28-03-2013, 03:14 AM   #20
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the progress bar does not require the end links to be replaced... but do keep those bushes greased up regularly because the brackets are weak crap that can break! It could also break the mounting stud on the crossmember! I've seen it happen before... my mate ended up with a broken bracket, so he got lucky
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