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post #31 of 33 Old 06-04-2019, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by nme7 View Post
I'm not a race car driver. But could you explain the benefit of having a stiffer rear? What do you feel differently?
Less roll around corners and more responsive handling overall so your car is not rocking sideways. Depending on the upgrades and setup you have, your car would dive less during hard braking or lifting during acceleration with stiffer bushings, etc. But we are talking Highlander here but it won't hurt in terms of better handling either.
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Check out Ultra Racing. They make a bunch of bars. They say its for the 2.7l but I am pretty sure it will fit as a lot of the parts on the highlander are the same from the 2.7 to the 3.5. Do your own research though as I am not responsible for it. I bought the ultra racing suspension bars. Due to a rear collision, one part didn't fit so I'll have to source some aftermarket adjustable control arms.
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Originally Posted by Greasymechtech View Post
I haven't seen any aftermarket sway bars for the Highlander.

If not a SE, the strut/springs from the SE can be added to the Limited/base for handling changes.

You can use poly bushings to take up all the slack in the suspension:

And, I believe whiteline has adjustable swaybar endlinks if you want to preload or neutral set them.

I've installed front only, rear only, bar removal, and both aftermarket sway bars on various sedans, trucks, and sports car and NEVER had handling issues. Obviously, driver skill set will vary but OE suspensions are tuned for borderline moron drivers.
I have a 2009 Limited awd and just bought a 2012 SE fwd. After driving both of them, it seems that the SE is a much softer ride, bordering on bouncy, with even less steering feel. I assume this is due to the 17" rims with brand new Provider Entrada (cheap) tires that came with it. They have much more sidewall compared to the Limited's 19" tires so I assumed that was the difference. Does the SE really have a different, stiffer suspension than the Limited? If so, the 17" tires are a huge disappointment. I may have to move the 19's to the SE to stiffen the ride a bit.

I also recently bought a 2012 RX-350 fwd. It has a comfortable ride and handles better than both of them.

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