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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 02, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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david
i have read some of your suspension stuff on your site and it got me thinking a bit. [scary eh! LOL]
anyway i got a couple of questions......
i put a 1 1/8 inch front sway bar in my 69 and a 3/4 rear sway bar. both with eurithane bushings.
the camaro guy who sold them to me said he had them in a 68 camaro, i should of asked him why he took them out.
so the first thing i had to do while installing the front sway bar was to put 3/8 inch spacers under the frame mounts so the sway bar would not rub on the harmonic balancer.
ever had to do that before?

i drove the car for about a year like that and what a diff. in handleing! i like it.
but then one day i noticed a rattle under there and to my dismay found that the frame mount on the pass. side had ripped out of the the frame and the frame was cracked in a few places bad.
so we welded the cracks up and reinforced the frame on both sides of the car with flat bar on the bottom and outside of the frame, redrilled new holes and used bolts with nuts on them to hold the frame mounts on.
you ever heard of this happening before??

i also put rubber bushings back in the end links, thinking this may give a little less strain on the frame etc? left the eurithane bushings in the frame mounts.

i have driven it for about another year with out any problems, checking everything periodically.

whats your opinion on the set up, the mods, and the questions and any thing else you think i should know please.
thanks david.


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 02, 04:36 AM
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The only time I had clearance problems like you describe was when I had the wrong motor mounts in ( wide/short ). When I went to the tall/narrow, I picked up enough clearance. I found this out when I went to put a fuel pump in and it wouldn't clear the cross member.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 02, 07:32 AM
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I've seen the clearance part and heard of stripping of the threads.
The threaded area is very weak, your reinforcement should fix it fine.

My buddy has an Addco bar and his is very close to the damper too.
We found out he lowered the car a lot and the bar twists to make clearance even worse due to the angle.
The bar being twisted up at the link end makes the angle from bar to end links not square and can cause binding of the end linkage.

If you have this, cut the sleeve tube shorter and use a bolt that is threaded enough to re tighten the bushings. Use a nylock or self locking nut on the end link bolts.

Favor slightly the long side on the end link tube. If you go too short, the end links can bind on side to side movement.
The 3/4" rear bar probably balances the larger 1 1/8" front bar.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 02, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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thanks david and rick.........
so i would check if the end links to bar are square when the car is on the ground, right?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 7th, 02, 12:36 PM
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Yes,
But I would not cut over an inch off the end link sleeve.
If the bar is very angled, it can hold the car up a bit and bind under braking.
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