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[It kind of looks like a poor copy of the Colt Speed one. Never seen a weird center piece like that before. I assume it connects to the firewall , maybe?

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Yep. Factory swaybar does the same. Though, not the best design - but at least some consideration had been made already to ensure that there's a solid mounting point to the center. It's still better than just having a 2-point bar that connects the strut tops.

The best design, IMO, is if there's a solid connection between the firewall sheetmetal and chassis - by design - in a triangle. And, thus, you have something that looks like this:


Best type of design, IMO, for an STB. 3 points that connect to the chassis. This way, there's lateral as well as medial bracing.


I'm actually having one somewhat similar, custom made for another car. Not the Cross. Just because there's nothing but crap out there for older cars. :/
 

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Yep. Factory swaybar does the same. Though, not the best design - but at least some consideration had been made already to ensure that there's a solid mounting point to the center. It's still better than just having a 2-point bar that connects the strut tops.

The best design, IMO, is if there's a solid connection between the firewall sheetmetal and chassis - by design - in a triangle. And, thus, you have something that looks like this:


Best type of design, IMO, for an STB. 3 points that connect to the chassis. This way, there's lateral as well as medial bracing.


I'm actually having one somewhat similar, custom made for another car. Not the Cross. Just because there's nothing but crap out there for older cars. :/
Just out of curiosity if you don’t mind ( if you don’t want to say it’s cool and all ) what does a custom made one run?
 

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Lots more. It's all about how much your fabricator is willing to charge you.

Let's put it this way --- it's worth it, in that you have complete control of the design. Downside is, it's custom --- meaning you're charging for someone to build it for you. Or, if you have the skills / space / tools to do this yourself, then you wouldn't need to worry about "how well a part will work".

Otherwise, going the manufactured route means it's cheaper (economies of scale) and readily available. But, you get what everyone gets.
 
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