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Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted August 26, 2005 10:20 PM  
we are in the process of building a hobby stock out of a 78 firebird. it is going to have a 9in floater rear end in it, but my question is do we keep the rear sway bar or junk it?

any input is welcome and i know this may be a newb qustion but i have never built a car.

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Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 80
posted August 28, 2005 03:13 PM  
Some drivers like them, some don't. We don't so we junk them but it is more of a personal prefferance and depends more on your driving style than an opinion. I know it doesn't help much but it is an hounest answer to your question.

redneck racing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 860
posted August 28, 2005 04:14 PM  
I agree with Wrenchturner we junk them also, but am going to try the front swaybar with lighter front springs next year to see what the outcome is. Eddie

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted August 29, 2005 10:44 AM  
I would leave it on and see how you like it, especially since your just getting started.
Plus you can make it adjustable.
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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 148
posted August 29, 2005 01:52 PM  
I run a camaro. The Sway bar can be a key adjustment tool.
I used to run on a track that was medium banked and was usually shiny black slick. In the heat races depending on the track condition i either had the bar very loose or even disconnected. As the track dried out Sway bar adjustments tightened the car up to where it was very neutral.
Now i run a high banked track that stays tacky, I took the sway bar off recently, since i was never hooking it up.
If your rules forbid weight jackers a sway bar is a good tool to make the car feel like you added crossweight.
Make consistent adjustments. If possible have a crew member make adjustments with you in the seat. I always made adjustments on the left side bolt.

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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted August 30, 2005 07:04 AM  
There was recently an article about this in Stock car magazine. Without getting into trhe physics, their bottom line was that on dirt keeping the sway bar is like adding 50 lbs. of front weight.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 461
posted August 30, 2005 07:11 PM  
Heres the way that I look at the whole sway bar deal OK granted that they werent origannly built to run on dirt but the way I see it them engineers at GM were pretty smart We run them for years on the FRONT until they took them away from us and there is a HE!! of a difference!


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