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stic8
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Total posts: 69
posted August 15, 2004 08:41 AM  
should a sway bar be run on cars what are the advantages or disadvantages ?

racer17j
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posted August 15, 2004 09:28 AM  
racer is right. We ran one a few years and it was good on a SMOOTH track, when the track got rough we would disconnect it and remove it. We never ran it preloaded either.

stic8
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posted August 15, 2004 12:02 PM  
ego what do you mean by preloaded with links attached?

racer17j
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posted August 15, 2004 01:19 PM  
racer, everyone in our class at our track seems to run them. I'm interested in unhooking mine from your previous message. Makes alot of sense. How much of a difference I'm I going to feel and how will affect my setup? I'm new at driving and I'm trying to learn from you guys on the forum. This is the best tool I've found. Thanks

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racer17j
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posted August 16, 2004 05:07 AM  
we run a front sway bar in our hobby stock. it has a good stabilizing effect on the car. More importantly, its by far the easiest way to adjust your cross wt%. you can only do so much with tire pressures. unless you can run ballast, weight jacks, or spring spacers, it's a must-have for tuning.

stic8
Dirt Full Roller

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posted August 16, 2004 03:20 PM  
racer what are the effects of one side or the other?

racer17j
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posted August 16, 2004 04:47 PM  
I dont know much about setups but what if you only ran the rear stabilizer bar? Is this not recomended?

Ego Racing
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posted August 16, 2004 07:33 PM  
With the rear sway bar you could stand a chance of trying to pick up the left rear. This would be a bad loose condition. You want the rear to roll over to allow weight to transfer to the right tire to help get side bite. A rear sway bar is there to stop the car from rolling over, or if the weight of the car still rolled over enough to get side bite it could pick up the left rear tire.

racerguy500
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Total posts: 168
posted August 16, 2004 08:51 PM  
The front sway bar is pretty much each drivers preferance, like was mentioned you generally have to step up the springs if you remove it. I personally have won with them and without them. I just don't like them as they are mounted in rubber bushings which if nothing else is inconsistent. As far as the rear goes we tried them a few times, and broke every one of them. None of the drivers ever said they felt anything any different but we don't know exactly when they broke either. At least the front one won't drag and get you black flagged like the rear one will. In my opinion the only way to find out is try it with one and then without and see what you like.

    

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