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Author Topic:   Does anybody use a rear sway bar?
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 11
posted March 07, 2005 08:40 AM  
Just wondering if anybody had any positive or negative experiences with it.


Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 167
posted March 07, 2005 02:25 PM  
I have been told don't run any sway bars. My car has front and rear sway bars going to try them out see what happens if don't like going to loose some weight.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted March 07, 2005 03:49 PM  
I run a 79 monte carlo and I use both sway bars, never had a problem.

redneck racing
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posted March 07, 2005 07:46 PM  
Have heard the pros and cons as of right now I dont run a front or a rear swaybar. Eddie

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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.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 167
posted March 08, 2005 06:56 PM  
tnx for the idea raz had planned on changing length of rod on one side with changing conditions didn't think of using a bolt only to make it adjustable.

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posted March 08, 2005 11:17 PM           send a private message to petordragon   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
I run both front and rear. In the front i have three chooses. I have a 77 monte mind you. i can choose from a one inch sway bar an inch and 1/8 and an inch and 1/4. In the front i can run soft soft springs in a car that weighs 3150 after the main (left front is 1000 lbs spring) so when the tracks here in the southwest go dry or get ruff it is an easy ride and i dont break traction. As for the rear I have 150 across the rear and tune it with two factory sway bars one inch and 1 1/4 . Softer car altogether but doesnt fall on its face when i stuff it in to a corner. Soft springs Big bars.

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