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Old 12-30-2006, 10:33 AM
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new control arms

I was wondering, i have a 73' nova that I'm replacing the drum brakes to discs all around. While i was doing that, I'm upgrading the shocks to edelbrock performer IAS shocks, replacing all bushings with polyurethane all around, and the control arms to tubular arms. But i noticed that the new arms don't have any bolt holes for the sway bar links. and the old arms do have a bolt hole. but its not like the sway bar is a aftermarket. its the stock sway bar for a 6 cylinder car, and the car is now an 8 cylinder.

My questions is. if i just completely remove the sway bar, How much will the car lean, even with the new shocks, new arms and new polyurethane bushings all around.

If any other information is needed, just let me know.

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All cars in that era came with the sway-bar as an option. By all means, drill the holes and install the bar. They are absolutely necessary for good handling.
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My '69 Nova had no sway bar from the factory. After one excursion into the low-3-digit speed range, and some serious sudden self-oscillation from the steering wheel, it got one real quick. You definitely do want the sway bar.
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If the arms are tubular I'd advise against drilling them. Weld a homemade mount onto them as most tubular arms I've seen are 1,1/2 inch od then with a 1/2 inch hole could create a weak point. If you must drill tube then weld a tube into the hole for reinforcment.
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You should install at least a 1" anti-roll bar for reasonable handling. Larger can make it too stiff.
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I would lose the anti roll bar and install 50lb stiffer springs in both sides.

I'd lower the ride height 1/4 too to get a better camber gain.
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I would lose the anti roll bar and install 50lb stiffer springs in both sides.

I'd lower the ride height 1/4 too to get a better camber gain.

Why?????
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