posted March 08, 2005 06:45 PM
Here's my experiences in order of how I tried them on a 86 Monte...
- 1 1/4" front bar (Monte SS) stock height link on right, 1" shorter on left. Worked ok with 1000 and 1100 springs.
- Same front bar, add rear bar (5/8" or 3/4" whatever it was). Car seemed a little stiff in the turns. Didn't really want to transfer weight to the back.
- Ditched rear bar, had to switch to a 1" front bar due to an accident that bent the 1 1/4". Stock height link on right, 1/2" bolt on left to adjust tension. Don't both trying the 1" bar... it's not stiff enough to make a good tuning item. Even cranked all the way till it was hitting the tie rod, it didn't make a noticeable difference from being loose.
- Found another 1 1/4" bar. Used the same right side link and bolt on the left to adjust. During the heats when there's some moisture in the track, I run about 1/2" - 3/4" play in the bolt. For feature time, I wind it down for about 1/2" preload. Tightens it up for the slick track and makes a noticable difference.
In the future, I'm going to keep the 1 1/4" bar 'cause it's a **** of a lot easier to adjust than swapping front springs. The 1 1/4" bar can add around 200# of front spring with a couple turns of a wrench.
The rear bar's useless. Box the rear arms in and throw the bar away. The only advantage think it has is in stabilizing the weak stock arms. Boxing them in solves that problem.