Oh well, I suppose I always seem to get the really good crap that doesn't break. My 24mm WL rear bar and mounts are holding up just fine to rough street and autocross use.i....... i wouldn't put an upgraded sway bar under my car without something beefy to hold it in there.....
My temp fix is an Energy bracket over the WL bushing. Autozone didn't have a 24mm. Two problems occur. The Energy bracket is a little too wide at the mount holes. It fits, but barely and quite hard to bolt it on. It's also a little too wide for the flanges on the bushing. It is holding for now.i use the
but planning works too.
but with a heavy car and a relatively large bar, and "standard" brackets, there is still alot of stress on this area. in the previously mentioned "DIY" about installing this bar, i tried to point out that Mazda wouldn't bend a "bead" or gusset into the bracket if it didn't need it. actually it's just stamped, but regardless, it's there and the aftermarket one is lacking in design. i understand that these work just fine for 99.9% of cars but look at the deficiencies in the design...
1. thin gauge material for a part that will see increased loads over stock.
2. needed bead or gusset missing from new "upgraded part" when came stock on previously mounted bracket.
3. ovalized "one size fits most" mounting holes for securing to body of car.
4. poorly planned bend on said oval holes creating a weak point in the bracket at a bend where there is less material.
if you notice in the picture where the break is, instead of having a solid tear across the width of the bracket, there are two small tears across the left side of the hole and the right side of the hole. if the hole was designed to be a hole and not an oval it would not have allowed the twisting force associated as it would have been a solid piece instead of acting like two pieces and allowing the twisting force to multiply by treating one side like a fulcrum.
although if you just replace it you will most likely be fine forever, if it happens again it doesn't necessarily mean you installed it wrong. it may mean that there was a slightly better way to align the bracket so it wouldn't have the weak spot as exposed to failure but don't let a poor design failure let you think your an idiot.
if you notice, on universal parts, they have to allow for mounting of alot of different types of vehicles and of course custom steups as well. but energy suspension has been known for a long time to make much higher quality universal products than standard. these mounts Energy Suspension 9.5161 Universal - Greaseable Sway Bar Bushings 1in / 25mm are for a 24mm bar. i don't know that the bolts will line up as i'm not under the car measuring but the oval holes are located away from the lower radius and only on the flat part of the mount. also these are made from a thicker gauge steel than most universal mounts and are the only thing that has stopped the snapping mount problem on many of the RX8 front sway mounts than have been known to fail. when you get the new one just check it out. if it looks like poop it is poop. order these. i wouldn't put an upgraded sway bar under my car without something beefy to hold it in there. and greesable too.