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Old 01-21-2005, 02:17 PM
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Modify a sway bar street rod application??

O.k. I'm like the rest of you guys, I have a 38 Chevy with a mustang II front end under it and I'm to cheap to go and by a set-up that would bolt right on (so they say anyway). I do have a front sway bar off a 89 Camaro (stinkin big by the way).

Can I heat it up and bend it to where I want it?

Also...Could I cut the ends off shorten the bars a little and then weld the ends back on? Will I take away any qualities of the metal that the sway bar is suppose to have?

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Are you saying you want to put the Camaro sway bar in the MII! Don't think you will like the result. Anyway, you shouldn't use any heat on these bars since they are heat treated steel and would lose their temper. Ditto for welding for the same reason. However, you can cold bend them with good results. That induces some internal stress but the bars will work OK. I have cold shaped several over the years and never had a failure. It will take a pretty big press for that bigger bar. The ones I have done have been from a Courier pickup. Those pickup bars are great universal DIY hot rod sway bars.

If it were me, I would run w/o a sway bar if the Camaro were the only option out there.
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Rather than heat and cut a stock sway bar to make it fit, don't forget that you can fabricate a very neat sway bar setup by using the torsion bar and arms available from the suppliers for the oval track constructors. You have a large number of torsion bar lengths and diameters from which to choose. When it comes to suspension pieces, I'm normally far more concerned with function than appearance, but I must admit that a torsion bar based sway bar simply looks more "business-like" than a stock sway bar, even if the rate is the same. And, it's not as expensive as you might think!
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Thanks guys. I bent the rear sway bar ends together closer about one inch and it fits inside of the leaf springs and frame. I pulled the ends together with a come-along. It didn't do anything the first time, but when I went a little further the next time it worked perfect. Not sure what Im going to do with the front sway bar yet. Your right though that baby is way too big to bend.

I will eventually get all this in my project journal.

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Do you have a picture of the torrsion bar converted into a sway bar?
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Look here
http://stockcarproducts.com/susp22.htm
and here
http://stockcarproducts.com/susp21.htm

Stock Car Products isn't the only one to make this stuff. You can get it from just about any stock car place and many offroad racing places as well.
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