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Old 04-08-2007, 09:36 AM
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Sway bar weigh-in

Gentlemen:

I'm putting sway bars on my 65 Imp SS this week, but wanted to leech knowledge off any and all that have preferences in sway bar manufacturers.

I've found that I can go Hotchkis or Addco, and I've seen some non-descrip powdercoated types.

What's the best from experience? Obviously Hotchkis is the highest price point, and they make hollow bars, but I'm not on the strip just looking for more solid control...

Much thanks.

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Old 04-09-2007, 09:36 AM
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i wouldnt use anything hollow usually non descript are just as good or better. suspension techniques are good ive used those.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:12 AM
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really? so you are saying to stay away from Hotchkis? they make hollow.

Why is hollow so bad, I thought they made it out of higher grade materials and it was hollow for weight purposes.......
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:19 AM
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really? so you are saying to stay away from Hotchkis? they make hollow.

Why is hollow so bad, I thought they made it out of higher grade materials and it was hollow for weight purposes.......
no you can use what you want i just posted my opinion really. the way i see it it would be easier for me to bend or kink a pipe than solid bar.
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If you're bending or kinking a sway bar, you have a bigger problem. The advantage of a hollow bar is that it is lighter for the same stiffness. Anti-sway bars are just torsion bars turned sideways. When you twist a bar, the material at the center adds almost nothing to the torsional stiffness for a given diameter. By making the bar hollow, you get (as an example) 90% of the stiffness for 40% of the weight (I made those numbers up to illustrate the point since the percentages vary based on wall thickness and diameter, but you get the idea). If you make the hollow bar just slightly larger in diameter than the solid one, you get the same stiffness for, say, 50% of the weight. All these vendors on ebay who try to claim that their solid bars are far superior to hollow ones just don't understand structural mechanics.
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:29 PM
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I agree...

I'd go with a name brand, Addco is OK, others sometimes just resell theirs anyway
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:30 PM
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I've used Addco,and Helwig, both are good bars. I have not used a Hotchkis. I think what ever you choose will help, I don't know you would see enough difference to justify the Hotchkis, unless you want it for the name. IMO
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