sway bars again......

Discussion in 'The whoa and the sway.' started by Bygblok, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Bygblok

    Bygblok Well-Known Member

    I see the article that George did about using 2nd gen f-body sway bars on a-bodies. His article specifies 68-72 cars but not the older ones. I can't find a ton here on how to upgrade to the bigger bars on my 66 Special. I'm tearing ALL the original front end out this next week and I happen to have a bar that just came off of my 70 Camaro sitting in the shop. Before I screw up and try something that might backfire will this bar fit okay or should I just order the correct bar from BMR, hotchkis, etc? Car will be on tubular arms(front) and eventually get air ride but for now it's all spring from and rear. Southside lowers and BMR adjustable uppers on the rear with a 7/8 hotchkis sway bar.
     
  2. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    I used one of the f-body bars on my 67 with success. Make sure to check for interference from other suspension components like tie rods and springs as the fat bar takes up a lot of room! I used a 1" on the rear. Now this may all be different for you since you are going with after market arms/air ride. However, since you have the bar it will hurt nothing to try it.
     
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  3. marxjunk

    marxjunk Well-Known Member

    ive been putting them on 65-66s since the 80s....easy bolt on
     
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  4. Bygblok

    Bygblok Well-Known Member

    What links have you been using to avoid interference? Haven’t gotten to an assembly point on mine yet so I haven’t seen what I might need as far as clearances. Just picked up a set of 18” wheels and tires too. Starting to check figments now.
     
  5. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    As I understand, you want the bar arms to be level when the suspension is at ride height. Links should be sized accordingly. Tire size, springs, shocks, etc can affect "ride height" so best to check for length after all is installed and set up.
     
  6. Bygblok

    Bygblok Well-Known Member

    That makes good sense I guess. Put it together and check for parallel. It should be easy enough to trim down the links and spacers. Just run a die across the link bolt to add threads if needed. I’m using a 2” UMI drop spring for now until I get all the bugs worked out. Long term plan is air ride. Thanks
     

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