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At the time of posting this, there appears to be an Ultra Racing 23mm solid rear sway bar advertised as available for the 3rd gen Rav4. Ultra Racing brand is pretty well known for supplying upgraded suspension parts across many vehicle platforms. The only front option is from HardRace, a 28mm hollow option. HardRace appears to be MeganRacing's Australian division who's shipping prices make the products unrealistic.

After finding out that another Australian company called MAKO wouldn't ship their cheaper custom made sway bars to the States, I was pretty frustrated. See the following thread: Custom front and rear upgraded sway bars for V6

I brought this up on several FB Rav4 groups and even got several Australians to offer to re-ship the MAKO for me. But not wanting to have to inconvenience anyone, I kept looking for an option stateside.

Apparently, the front sway bar amongst other suspension parts on the 3rd gen Rav4 is shared with at least 6 other Lexus/Toyota/Scion vehicles on the New Toyota MC platform ..Cars and SUV's on the same platform sharing the same suspension. Found this out by talking with 84hachi, a buddy I met through instagram and FB rav4 groups and Paul Sexton @toyotechwv on PriusChat.com who had swapped a 2011 Rav4 sway bar into his SCCA autocrossing prius. Long story short, the cross platform use by Toyota/Lexus/Scion is coming in handy.

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Toyota Rav4 XA30 2006-2012
Toyota Rav4 XA40 2013-2018
Lexus NX 2014-present
Toyota Harrier XU60 ZSU6#W 2013-present
Toyota Prius V/Alpha ZVW40 2012-present
Toyota Prius ZVW30 2010-2015
Scion xB E150 2008-2015

Here are the FRONT sway bar options we've discovered so far - most of which are not advertised as working for the 2006-2012 Rav4. I rated these in order based off price:stiffness ratio. Keep in mind the XA30 Rav4 oem size is 25mm:

#1 Hotchkis 22429F 32mm hollow bar ( ~$143 USD) - VERIFIED fitment but discontinued.
#2 Megan Racing MRS-LX-1290 32mm adjustable hollow bar (~$180 USD) - VERIFIED fitment
#3 Cusco 925-311-A30 30mm hollow bar (~$300 USD) - UNVERIFIED fitment
#4 Hardrace 7996 28mm hollow bar (~$280 USD) - UNVERIFIED fitment

Lucky for us the 3rd gen Rav4 also shares rear suspension parts with several other Lexus/Toyota platforms also.

Toyota Rav4 XA30 2006-2012
Toyota Rav4 XA40 2013-2018
Toyota Harrier XU60 2013-2018
Lexus NX 2014-present

Here are the REAR sway bar options so far - keep in mind the XA30 Rav4 oem size is 22mm:

#1 Cusco 978 311 B25 25mm solid bar - VERIFIED fitment (~$303 USD)
#2 Megan Racing MRS-TY-1291 25.4mm hollow bar - VERIFIED fitment (~$176 USD)
#3 Ultra Racing UR-AR23-171 23mm solid bar - VERIFIED fitment (~$348 USD)
#4 HardRace 7997 25.4mm hollow bar - UNVERIFIED fitment (~$287 USD)

My rule of thumb was that the solid bars were going to be stiffer but heavier than the hollow and lighter options and hollow would need to be 2mm bigger than its solid counterpart to be comparable. Meaning the hollow Megan Racing rear sway bar at 25.4mm is relatively the same stiffness as the Ultra Racing solid 23mm rear sway bar.

Knowing this cross breeding on platforms may open up other XA30 Rav4 suspension options... !!





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Would love to see updates also! Been contemplating doing a sport suspension swap, bigger wheels with low-pros, and/or sway bars. Would prefer sway bars as it's probably the best bang for the buck.

I drive pretty spirited and would love the Rav to handle better :)
 

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actually got front and rears sitting in the garage. ive been out of the country. work should slow down a little so i'll have some hours in the evening.
Nice! which ones did you choose?

"lightly modified" Rav4 2GRFE 4WD
 

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I just ordered my front Hotchkis 22429F 32mm hollow bar, should be here by hopefully next wknd and I'll get it installed and report back. $137 shipped, purchased from Summit but drop shipping from Hotchkis.
 

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If I can get someone to verify that the 4th gen Rav4 share the same rear sway bar as the 3rd gen, we also have a few more rear options as the XA40 share with several platforms as well. When searching images, the XA30 and XA40 bars look identical.

Toyota Rav4 XA40 2013-2018
Toyota Harrier XU60 / Lexus RX350 ZSU6#W 2013-present <- NOT THE RX350, it uses a different sway bar - only the Toyota Harrier.
Lexus NX200t 2015-present
Originally i stated that the RX350 rear sway bar MIGHT be an option since the Toyota Harrier (sister vehicle) looked similar. It is not compatible.
 

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I just ordered my front Hotchkis 22429F 32mm hollow bar, should be here by hopefully next wknd and I'll get it installed and report back. $137 shipped, purchased from Summit but drop shipping from Hotchkis.
Hotchkis still hasn't shipped my order yet...Summit is requesting an update. Hopefully it comes in soon!
 

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i got the megan rear. i ordered the same hotchkis front.

today i am home and i swapped out the rear shocks for bilsteins (oems were completely shot) and i realized i dont even have an oem rear sway bar. so no brackets or end links. i do have the megan bar and it doesnt come with either of those. im trying to track some down now
 

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... i realized i dont even have an oem rear sway bar. so no brackets or end links. i do have the megan bar and it doesnt come with either of those. im trying to track some down now
Crazy!? Wonder why yours didn't have one? Most people overlook theirs. You have any pictures of where you think it should be? Here is a random photo showing the rav4 end link and where it attaches to the rear sway bar.




 

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Nice!

How long did the Hotchkis take to deliver? Mines taking more than expected...

Why did you choose the 25.4mm hollow Megan bar over the other options?
 

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im not sure how long it took to deliver. its just sitting in the garage. ordered a while ago after seeing this post and trying to dig up pictures to try and verify if its worth a shot.


but you seem pretty knowledgable since you did a lot of digging up yourself. im trying to figure out which bilstein front shocks would be the same as ours. i know the years for this gen is 06-12 (at least i think thats right) but im wondering if the 05 or 13 years would work.
 

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Never looked since I'm on Coilovers but I know others have asked about Bilsteins too. I'll research and see what I can find.
 

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Probably something for another thread, but the oem KYB strut is pretty good. If your looking for something more heavy duty, remember to consider our 3rd Gen front spindle needed to bolt up the front strut and calipers is the same on the 2ndGen Scion tC, 3rd Gen & 4th Gen Rav4s... a well built strut that works on one will work on all 3.

2nd Gen Scion tC doesn't seem to offer a Bilstein but Bilstein did at minimum make a B4 twin tube strut for the 4th Gen Rav4. Probably lots of options outside of this...
 

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If I can get someone to verify that the 4th gen Rav4 share the same rear sway bar as the 3rd gen, we also have a few more rear options as the XA40 share with several platforms as well. When searching images, the XA30 and XA40 bars look identical.

Toyota Rav4 XA40 2013-2018
Toyota Harrier XU60 2013-2018
Lexus NX200t 2015-present

If they are compatible here are probably the better REAR sway bar options - keep in mind the XA30 oem is 22mm:

#1 Cusco 978 311 B25 25mm solid bar - UNVERIFIED fitment (~$303 USD)
#2 Ultra Racing UR-AR23-171 23mm solid bar - VERIFIED fitment (~$348 USD)
#2 Megan Racing MRS-TY-1291 25.4mm hollow bar - VERIFIED fitment (~$176 USD)
#3 HardRace 7997 25.4mm hollow bar - UNVERIFIED fitment (~$287 USD)
It's been verified!! The Megan Racing MRSTY1291 25.4 mm hollow bar for the following DOES fit the Gen3 Rav4!!

Toyota Rav4 XA40 2013-2018
Toyota Harrier XU60 2013-2018
Lexus NX200t 2015-present


 
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