The VW stabilizer is not unusual and does work as its supposed to but obviously will not perform as good as a $400 Precision jobby.
Just because it costs heaps doesnt mean its always better.
I personally wouldnt use one ever but if your on a tight budget !
I totally agree with you -- $$ does not mean performance -- that's why I had my shocks rebuilt -- we have GREAT shocks -- just needed to be valved correctly.
The VW stabilizer has been used --- BUT it IS actually a steering stabilizer.
For someone on a budget -- go with a Denton or the like for under a buck-fifty.
The Precision's performance is UNMATCHED -- Adjustments for the center and sides.
I set mine to the specs -- then firmed it up 1 notch in the center -- Very SWEET.
I am sure the Elka will be nice -- once you send it off to have someone valve it correctly --