I finished the sway bar upgrade work last weekend along with a bunch of other stuff.
Wow, the rear sway bar upgrade makes a big difference to handling. Rear ends stays low and stable around corners. Quite impressive.
As for the front, is it possible that factory size for XC is same as “R”? I took my old one out and eyeballed size next to the one I was putting in and if it wasn’t the same it was pretty damned close. Either way, I have not noticed any handling difference at front even with new bushings in control arms. My big beef right now is that front floats around like a boat especially at take off. May have to look at replacing shocks next year as everything else has been refreshed.
2002 V70XC, 2003 V40, 2004 S60, 2010 V70