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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 09, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Sway bar positioning clamp brackets used on original sway bars, 69

On my original 69 sway bar, were two clamp brackets around a rubber bushing just inside each frame mounting bracket. I guess the general found these necessary to prevent the sway bar from 'walking' side to side.

I'm guessing most of you don't use anything like this for aftermarket sway bars.

Are they needed? Would a sway bar that stays put be more effective?

Please advise.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 09, 12:08 AM
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Re: Sway bar positioning clamp brackets used on original sway bars, 69

I have not seen any problems on aftermarket bars, the end links seem to keep the bar centered pretty well. A sharply turned wheel can contact the bar on a car with wide tires.
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Re: Sway bar positioning clamp brackets used on original sway bars, 69

One thing I did to improve the after-market frame mounts on my sway bar was to install grade-8 bolts and then back them up with washer lock washer and nut inside the frame. The original design just uses about 2 threads worth of frame material and strips out easily. My guess is you wouldn't want that bracket to pop off in a hard corner but maybe I'm over-engineering it.
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Re: Sway bar positioning clamp brackets used on original sway bars, 69

David, how big of a tire before problems could happen?
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Re: Sway bar positioning clamp brackets used on original sway bars, 69

It depends on wheel offset and diameter besides tire size. When the tire hits the bar, it will usually hit the frame on the back side too, so the bar isn't the only problem. First gen's do turn pretty sharp too which makes for more wheel angle.
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Re: Sway bar positioning clamp brackets used on original sway bars, 69

Thanks. Guess I'll go worry about something else now.
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Re: Sway bar positioning clamp brackets used on original sway bars, 69

My Hothckis bar has little collars on it that bump up against the bushings.


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Re: Sway bar positioning clamp brackets used on original sway bars, 69

Those collars are what I'm talking about. Do you have a photo are part number. What size is your sway bar?
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Re: Sway bar positioning clamp brackets used on original sway bars, 69

The collars are built into the bar. Hotchkis 2207F, 1 1/8" hollow. You can kinda see them in this pic.



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Re: Sway bar positioning clamp brackets used on original sway bars, 69

You can buy "set collars" at industrial parts houses, they make two piece versions that will clamp right on. McMaster Carr is a good source.
Here is another: http://www.climaxmetal.com/2pc_reces...rew_collar.htm
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