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Vehicle Information: Model: sc coupe; Year: 1982; Body Type: Coupe; Total Mileage: 178500;

I have a broken front torsion bar (driver's side). This would be the second time I have replaced them. The first time was in May of 96 with about 130K miles. |This was shortly after I bought the car. The previous owner did track and autocross the car so I chaulked it up to that. The last time was Oct. 2001 with about 166K miles. The car experiences some winter driving. My question is; does this seem like a resonable time between repairs? I dont race or autocross, I just drive back roads to and from work. The roads are in reasonable shape. Am I missing something during installation? I clean and grease the bars prior to installation. The felt pads at the adjuster end seem in good condition. Could there be something causing the torsion bars to fail early?Thanks,-Steve

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