Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Central California, USA
Re: Solid or hollow sway bars????????
Without a rear bar you will usually have a large amount of understeer. Some people like a car this way, and if you are just crusing around, it's probably OK. But if you want a car that is balanced and could Autocross or stay on line around back road curves, then get a rear bar. I have seen 1 or 2 posts where a rear bar caused oversteer. I fail to understand how this is possible on a "normal" installation that does not bind in roll. Every Camaro I've worked on needed a rear bar, and I've worked on and Autocrossed all generations of Camaros except the 5th gen. Global West does not make a rear bar, and I don't understand why not. They do make solid front leaf eye bushings, and I think if you use those, the springs get very stiff in roll which may explain their recommendation. They suggested no rear bar when we installed their Cat5's (spherical bearings in the leaf eyes) on our second gen and it didn't work at ALL!
I've used Hotchkis, Hellwig, and Strano bars, and they are top notch.
Check my web page for First Gen Camaro suspension info:
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