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Honda CR-V Sway Bars

The Honda CR-V is a compact recreational vehicle that's often driven off road in rougher conditions. Because of this all-terrain versatility, having high-quality sway bars installed on your Honda CR-V is critical. Honda CR-V sway bars can be found in many different thicknesses, designs, styles, and more, so be sure to consider your needs and driving habits before making a purchase.

What is the purpose of having sway bars?

These pieces are installed on both the front and rear axles of the Honda CR-V. They are responsible for two specific functions that relate to the suspension of the SUV.

  • Steering and handling effectiveness: The first function of sway bars is to correct any handling issues, including over-steering and under-steering. These issues can be dangerous as they cause the SUV to not respond correctly. However, sway bars help to place more weight on the front or rear Honda CR-V wheels. This results in more stability and improved handling.
  • Body roll adjustment: Sway bars can also keep an SUV level. This will help prevent it from tipping over or rolling side to side or front to back. Sway bars are designed to prevent excess tipping when going around corners, over bumps, or on angled surfaces.
What are the different parts of a sway bar?

Sway bars are produced in a "U" shape, and they connect the wheels via the axles. These pieces contain end links, which use a bushing to physically connect to the axle. The end links attach the physical bar, which is designed to resist torsional stress that is placed on it. Sway bars can also be adjustable, which allows for fine tuning. The length of the bar can be lengthened or shortened to better adapt to different road and driving conditions.

What impact does sway bar stiffness have on a CR-V?

These parts have different effects on different drivetrains. The Honda CR-V is produced in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive models, and both react differently to changes in stiffness. Certain steering issues can be corrected by adjusting the sway bars that are utilized.

  • All-wheel drive: If your all-wheel-drive SUV is experiencing over-steering, which occurs when the wheels turn more than they should as you turn the wheel, you can address this issue by installing a front sway bar that is more rigid. An under-steering vehicle, which does not turn as much as it should, should incorporate a stiffer rear sway bar to address the issue.
  • Front-wheel drive: Front-wheel drive vehicles generally only experience issues with under-steering. If your CR-V shows signs of this issue, you should be able to improve it by installing a more rigid piece on the rear axle.