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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 5th, 19, 04:52 AM Thread Starter
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Installing front sway bar

Hi guys, apologies if this has been covered, but I didnt really see this in my search. (close but not quite).
Im having a hell of a time installing a front sway bar on my '68 coupe BB. I have a 1" front (maybe 1-1/8"? but that 1/8" isnt whats stopping me). I followed the directions it came with but its not even close to happening.

One of the directions say to remove the drivers shock and feed it through the spring. Even with my suspension at full drop (on the jack stands and wheel off) the space between the coils isnt even close to fitting the bar through.

I can get the bar most of the way to the other side but not that last mile... it goes in with the arms facing forward to get it that far but then cant turn it so its oriented correctly.

During the rebuild process many years ago, one was not put in. When I got the car, it didnt even have one (but all the proper holes are there), and thought "Ill do that later". Yup, should have done it before.

Its a pretty much stock suspension, not drop spindles, not tubular A arms, nothing. Its stock other than rotors and calipers.

Any tips appreciated!

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Re: Installing front sway bar

When I replaced my original 7/8" swaybar with a new 1-1/8" one the extra 1/4" did make a difference. The old one came out easy but the new one was a PITA to get installed. I started by feeding it in from the passenger side. You have to do a lot of twisting and turning to feed it in. You might also have to turn the wheels one way or another at certain points. I had to remove the pulleys from the harmonic balancer and remove the power steering pump bracket. Even with all that I had to loosen the driver side lower ball joint and drop the lower A-arm an inch or so.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 5th, 19, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Installing front sway bar

Wow, OK thanks for that input. I was definitely noticing that if I take out the harmonic balancer I MIGHT be able to get it in. I have a large capacity Canton pan too, which flares out at the bottom and also getting in the way.

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Re: Installing front sway bar

I think I had to partially disassemble the drivers side suspension to get it in.

It is a PITA as I installed a 1-1/8" bar last fall.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 5th, 19, 12:24 PM
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Re: Installing front sway bar

...well FWIW I just pulled the DS front wheel with the car on jack stands and just fed it through (1 1/8" bar) twisting it some as I went but it was no big deal. 327 car. stock A arms, 1 1/2" drop springs

If you put it in upside down it is harder so just make sure you have it going in right side up (center curved section pointing down)
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 19, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Installing front sway bar

Thanks Guys. Ill give it another go when I have a little time, and maybe find someone to give me a hand. good to know it can be done!

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