street rodding question about a sway bar question

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  • July 06, 2012 11:15 AM - 1415 Views
    SAM1951 anybody know of any reason i cant add a front sway bar to a car that didnt come from the factory with one.this is a tech question which is why i joined this site. :)
     

     
     
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  • dixie Rides Info - dade city, Florida
    July 06, 2012 11:18 AM
    dixie

    Sam if u want a sway bar put it on no reason  not to,do u think u really need it?

     
  • da34guy Rides Info - marlow, Oklahoma
    July 06, 2012 11:38 AM
    da34guy

    Like Dixie said, slap 1 on iffin ya want 1.

    Ain't no big deal

     
  • gbfab Rides Info - moreno valley, California
    July 06, 2012 12:47 PM
    gbfab

    The only time that I thought I needed one was when I went up driveways at an angle.  The rear end would twist enough for the rear tire to rub slightly.  I go up driveways straight now without one, no problem. 

     
  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 06, 2012 12:54 PM
    SAM1951

    just want to see if it will slow down a little body roll. Going to try one on this 35 buick and see if it helps,ill let you know. thanks

     
  • Indian113 Rides Info - monroe, Iowa
    July 06, 2012 12:59 PM
    Indian113

    I put a sway bar on the front and rear of my Model A,along with panard bars! I hope it handles alright-shouldn't hurt. I got mine from Speedway.

     
  • da34guy Rides Info - marlow, Oklahoma
    July 06, 2012 01:02 PM
    da34guy

    Sam, On that big ole Buick, put the biggest in diameter ya can find ! a small won't do much @ all

     
  • Indian113 Rides Info - monroe, Iowa
    July 06, 2012 01:04 PM
    Indian113

    Here's a picture of the sway bar and panard

     
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  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 06, 2012 01:06 PM
    SAM1951

    yea,I agree.I found one that will fit the front off of a saturn. its about 7/8 or 1 inch. getting it under there to fit and clear was the problem but this one fits great. news at 9:00.

    sam

     
  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 06, 2012 01:08 PM
    SAM1951

    its a 40 series car which is the smaller buick too.

     
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  • 27ratrod Rides Info - warrens, Wisconsin
    July 06, 2012 01:24 PM
    27ratrod

    Sam, If you put them on front & rear, it will eliminate 80-90% of your roll.  I have them on my 46 ford 4 door.  Almost no roll. Eliminate all tire rub, in rear,  also.

     
  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 06, 2012 01:29 PM
    SAM1951

    yep, got a factory installed on the rear and with this one on the front it should be a total different car.

    sam

     
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  • Billnthemale Rides Info - chesterfield, Missouri
    July 06, 2012 03:58 PM
    Billnthemale

    Sam, makes all the difference in the world, I have one front and rear on my 40 and honestly it is like a slot car around corners. best handling streetrod I have ever driven. They are Chassic Engineering bars. Mustang II and Ford 8 inch rear. It is channeled 21/2 inches and chopped 2 inches, that helps also.

     
  • koolstuff0099 Rides Info - newburyport, Massachusetts
    July 06, 2012 04:26 PM
    koolstuff0099

    John K,  what did you use on the rear? I have one on the front (chas/eng). My coupe handles GREAT. Always looking to inprove?

     
  • STUDE42 Info - coldwater, Michigan
    July 06, 2012 09:07 PM

    Got  a bar on both ends of my '34 5-window and it handles great even with the transverse front spring.  I have paralell leafs in the rear.  Corners almost flat.  Couldn't begin to tell you what  they came off from.  My Dad and I had a front end and brake shop for 50 years between us and always had that kind of stuff laying around.  If it fit, I used it.

     
  • 27ratrod Rides Info - warrens, Wisconsin
    July 07, 2012 07:01 AM
    27ratrod

    Bernie,

    Rear parallel leaf set-up was Chassis Engineering, so I used their sway bar also.  Sway bars on each end make a big improvement.

     
  • Willys33 Rides Info - alamogordo, New Mexico
    July 07, 2012 09:12 AM
    Willys33

    For what it's worth I put a rear one on the Willys and it stopped the wheel lifting on hard launches and also cornors flat.  I Got a rear bar from a T'Bird and narrowed it to fit.  Can't remember the year but the bar is 7/8" with just 90 degree bends on both ends.  Just cut, ground to a point and welded together.  Should have used a sleeve.  Rest of the hardware was off the rack at Auto Zone. 

     
  • teal32 Rides Info - findlay, Ohio
    July 07, 2012 10:00 AM
    teal32

    Don't want to hijack the thread, but wondered if sway bars can be used with air bags?  I have bags and had a problem with rolling on cornering. The Air Ride Tech folks had me change to 2 valves on each wheel to stop the air from shifting when cornering. Haven't tried it out yet, since the car is still apart from the paint job, so can't say if it helped. Just trying to get ideas in case it didn't help. Thanks.

     
  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 07, 2012 10:11 AM
    SAM1951

    look underneath gmc version of the tahoe. (cadillac). I think they are air ride.

    sam

     
  • jimmothershead Rides Info - huntingtown, Maryland
    July 07, 2012 10:18 AM
    jimmothershead

    Leland.....can't help on this one. NEVER ran a sway bar any any rod. We have been over the Blue Ridge Mountains many times....many times over winding roads.

    Syracuse, NY to Tampa, Florida to OK City, Ok to Ocean City, Maryland......and all points in between (ZZ TOP) = ya gotta drive 'em !!

    I drive the speed limit other than Interstates ....no twists & turns.

    Old faithful '33 Sedan Delivery has over 72,000 miles...no sway bar....has coil overs on all corners. TCI chassis.

    Keep kroozen, Jim

    School of Hot Rod Hard Knocks, 1957

     
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  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 07, 2012 10:21 AM
    SAM1951

    Jim,Help me find a center hood hinge for a 34 35 60 series Buick hood. thanks

    sam

     
  • APLUS Rides Info - austin, Texas
    July 07, 2012 10:23 AM
    APLUS

    I'm running the RidePro E2 system, shockwaves, 4-way valves with level pro ride height sensors etc. with front and rear sway bars. The system handles real well, soft ride with the bars keeping it level in curves and turns.

    Just read what Jim wrote.... My car has been way over legal speed limits and has been down winding back roads at speed, so what I'm saying is the combination I'm running handles pretty darn well.
     
  • scooting Rides Info - rio rancho, New Mexico
    July 07, 2012 05:14 PM
    scooting

    Teal 32, sway bars transfer the force created by the weight of the car wanting to lean or roll over in a turn.  They could care less what kind of spings, shocks, or suspension you have.  If you install, standard theory is front first, then add rear if needed.  Also for those doing their own, look at the size recommended for 99 percent of cars, front is always a larger size than rear (if 1 inch in front, 7/8 or 3/4 in rear).  If you can find one, old ADDCO catalogs used to have about 30 pages of information on using them correctly and fine tuning your car. 

     
  • g mobley Info - athens, Georgia
    July 07, 2012 05:46 PM

    JUst wondering  , I wouldn't mind having a little bit of understeer  .   I'm running a M-ll with a chassis engeneering bar on the front  and nothing on the leaf spring rear .    Would you do away with rhe bar or what ?   I know for a fact my front springs are too stiff  .

     
  • APLUS Rides Info - austin, Texas
    July 07, 2012 08:04 PM
    APLUS

    Check out this site:     

    http://addco.net

     
  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 08, 2012 08:48 AM
    SAM1951

    This is the kind of info this site needs to provide. i have enjoyed and used this info. thanks

    sam

     
  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 08, 2012 08:50 AM
    SAM1951

    soft front springs and stiff sway bar i think would be your best bet.

    sam

     
  • SAM1951 Rides Info - trussville, Alabama
    July 08, 2012 09:22 PM
    SAM1951

    swaybar installed and what a difference. This bar nailed this car to the track. deffinately made a difference.

    sam

     
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