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Re: Front sway bar

Post by bracketchev1221 on Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:31 am

You should always run a rear sway bar if you can get one.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by dynchel on Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:13 pm

http://m.ebay.com/itm/251412922301?nav=SEARCH
Here's a aftermarket rear bar.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by dynchel on Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:26 pm

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Re: Front sway bar

Post by Hawk03 on Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:31 am

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Re: Front sway bar

Post by w451973 on Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:30 pm

oldz74 wrote:1 inch front/back would be great. but aside from the impala 1 inch rear, what A body, if any, had a 1 inch rear bar? all the ones i have seen over the years were 7/8. were there any A's with 1" rears?

According to the Pontiac guys, 73 GTO'S came with a 1 inch rear bar.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by dynchel on Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:31 pm

w451973 wrote:
oldz74 wrote:1 inch front/back would be great. but aside from the impala 1 inch rear, what A body, if any, had a 1 inch rear bar? all the ones i have seen over the years were 7/8. were there any A's with 1" rears?

According to the Pontiac guys, 73 GTO'S came with a 1 inch rear bar.
Good luck finding one of those.
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Post by w451973 on Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:40 pm

It's not worth the hassle when it's easier just to find the 9C1 bar. And cheaper. Last GTO bar I found the guy thought he could put his kid thru collage from the sale. LOL. Smile
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by dynchel on Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:58 pm

I like the way the newer "w" shaped bars look anyway.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by Dinomyte on Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:16 pm

dynchel wrote:I like the way the newer "w" shaped bars look anyway.

Not to mention the newer bar has another 20 plus years of R&D behind it. I know sway bar technology hasn't changed that much but there's a reason the shape and length are different, and it's not to route some other piece of plumbing around it.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by Dinomyte on Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:04 pm

I finally got back to this today, got the old 15/16" bar off cleaned up the brackets got the new bushings out and had to double check, but they say they are for 1" or bigger bar according to Car Quest. They don't seem to be big enough to make it around the 1 1/4" bar I've got.

Will they squish / stretch to fit right ?

The part number is Moog k5253, they are the ones speced for a '73 454SS car with a bigger then 1" front swaybar.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by dynchel on Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:07 pm

I usually use energy Suspension.  They make 1 1/4 bushings, plus You can even get them in red.   it makes a nice contrast to the black bar.


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Re: Front sway bar

Post by Limey SE on Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:04 pm

I used the ones from the Tans Am bar Just trimmed very little to fit my Brackets
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by Dinomyte on Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:09 pm

Got this taken care of, ended up with Moog K7326, it's a universal kit with bushings and brackets, to handle bars up to 1 5/16", bolted up like they belonged there.  Even had the handy little chart with size / part number that I'm sure will help somebody down the road.

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Re: Front sway bar

Post by dynchel on Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:53 pm

Did you use rubber or poly bushings?
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Post by Limey SE on Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:12 pm

Thanks Buddy is that a Canada only thing or available everywhere, For I see it says Made in the USA or is that just the card ?
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by Joe73 on Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:23 am

Or just use an open end wrench.

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Re: Front sway bar

Post by dynchel on Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:34 am

That's how I've always done it.
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:57 am

Limey SE wrote:Thanks Buddy is that a Canada only thing or available everywhere, For I see it says Made in the USA or is that just the card ?

I was meaning more the new Brackets I had to lightly trim the Bushing to work with my Brackets LOL
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by dynchel on Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:12 am

Energy Suspension 3.5178R Sway Bar Bushing Set; Red; Front; Bar Dia. 1.25 in.; Greasable Frame Bushings; Incl. Sway Bar End Links; Performance Polyurethane; https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CGUI9U/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_o8sNvbCS4WN32
This is what I always use.  Plus it makes the most out of what you have.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by Dinomyte on Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:22 pm

The strip is from in the box that also said made in the USA, don't know if it's available there but my guess is YES! I got it at the local Car Quest.

I was more talking about the fact that the card had all the part numbers on it, not as a measuring tool. I too learned the use of an open end wrench from Joe.

The bushings are rubber, but that's what I wanted.

Once I've got the exhaust on I'll tell you how it rides.  I'm hoping she's less sloppy in the corners.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by Dinomyte on Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:41 am

Life's been busy, I've finally around to this, she's back on the road, and I am truly surprised at how much of a difference these bars make.  I can do the math and see the calculated difference but the real world difference is amazing, the car doesn't ride like a boat, it actually corners much much flatter then it ever did.  I took the ramp to the expressway at 55km about 35miles and didn't notice any sort of role.  I like it a lot.

Even the winding uphill that always scared me at speed in this car was much more tame. I 'm sure part of it is bigger tires on this but I noticed a lot less body role.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by thatfnthing on Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:46 am

Yep, and your first thought after getting past the initial surprise is always 'I should have done this years ago.' Smile
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by Dinomyte on Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:21 am

thatfnthing wrote:Yep, and your first thought after getting past the initial surprise is always 'I should have done this years ago.' Smile

You are correct, that was the exact thought. The front bar was hanging on the wall for about a year before I installed it.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by dynchel on Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:59 am

Mine always impressed me, especially since I mostly set it up for straight line racing. The tires are my limiting factor big & little "cosmetic performance" (the manufactures description) tires don't hold the road like some low profile handling tires do.
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Re: Front sway bar

Post by Dinomyte on Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:40 am

I'm with you John, I like the big / little look too. Honestly the car is more for cruising than racing tho it would look like a contender. I was just getting tired of the "old man" style handling, I just didn't think the improvement would be this noticeable.
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