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Old 12-13-2010, 11:00 AM
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Sway Bar Choices

I checked out a sway bar at the hot rod shop and it was only 7/8'' diameter.

It seemed a little ''thin'' for my liking.

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good factory sway bar I could use.

My front end is similar to a MII with a 56'' track width.

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Old 12-13-2010, 11:40 AM
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I checked out a sway bar at the hot rod shop and it was only 7/8'' diameter.

It seemed a little ''thin'' for my liking.

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good factory sway bar I could use.

My front end is similar to a MII with a 56'' track width.

Thanks.
There is more than the diameter that makes a sway bar stiff or not stiff. The length of the arms at each end for example. How far out on the control arm the link is mounted is another.

7/8 is bigger than the stock one on my 4500 lb Buick, that is now wimpy bar! Of course it all depends on the length of the arm link mounting point.

If that is one that they have specifically for rod use with MII set ups, I would say it's a good place to start.

Brian

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Thanks Brian.

I now know of two bars not to use.
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Check out Chassis Eng. Go to page 8.
http://www.chassisengineeringinc.com/
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If you don't already have one, you might first consider a rear swaybar.

Stiffen the front and the car pushes. Stiffen the rear and it's looser.

http://www.racetec.cc/shope
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Check out Chassis Eng. Go to page 8.
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Thanks.

These look similar to the ones at the speed shop.
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If you don't already have one, you might first consider a rear swaybar.

Stiffen the front and the car pushes. Stiffen the rear and it's looser.

http://www.racetec.cc/shope
Thanks for the reply.

I have the stock sway bar that came with the Cobra IRS.

I'm wondering if anyone has used something like one from a Camaro or something.
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There is more than the diameter that makes a sway bar stiff or not stiff. The length of the arms at each end for example. How far out on the control arm the link is mounted is another.

If that is one that they have specifically for rod use with MII set ups, I would say it's a good place to start.

Brian
Good advice right here. How much weight?

I a Had 71 GMC Sprint(Elcamino) the stock sway bar up front was 7/8" (I think) and nothing in the back. Handled like a slush puppy . I put a 1-1/8" up front and a 7/8" out back and was like night and day.
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Good advice right here. How much weight?

I a Had 71 GMC Sprint(Elcamino) the stock sway bar up front was 7/8" (I think) and nothing in the back. Handled like a slush puppy . I put a 1-1/8" up front and a 7/8" out back and was like night and day.

Around 4000 lbs.

I have my supplier sending me a couple of samples that I will measure and check the shape and overall width.
One is 1-1/4'' and the other I'm not sure of yet.
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