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Old 06-10-2006, 08:28 PM
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Sway bars, bigger = better?

Current sway bar is 15/16th's
Car is a 71 Chevelle.
Are bigger sway bars better or are they un-nessisary after a point?

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It depends on what your trying to do. I use to have a 5/8 swaybar and I upgraded to 1 1/8. my front end doesnt rise as high and I lost some traction but I can take cornors so much better.There's tons more to swaybars but I dont know all the stuff.
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Too big of a sway bar can cause the car to understeer or oversteer, depending on which end of the car has too big of a bar. A bigger front bar can cause it to understeer, etc. A bigger bar on the other end can tend to balance things out, though.
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As with anything in cars, bigger is not always better. The right size is what's better. Its all a function of tuning it with the shock damping, tire slip angles, and spring rates along with the intended use of the car.

Bigger also doesn't always mean stiffer. If you switch from a 1" solid to a 1-1/4" hollow, you might go softer.

Going too stiff with the bar on a soft suspension can cause very unpredictable handling; oversteering one time, understeering the next. They will transfer too much weight and just sorta skate to the outside. Its kinda like putting really stiff shocks on soft springs; you'll get a funny ride because they're not matched.
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Goals for the car is to be a street legal full weight race car if that makes sense.
Ride comfort is the last thing on my mind so performance orintation is what im lookin for.
I doubt I would be taking corners at high speeds mostly light to light stuff.
Do sway bars compensate for lower weight springs/shocks?
Are those things to be decided before even thinking about attacking the sway bar?
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