View Full Version : Prolly going to get flamed for this but....

12-12-2011, 09:23 PM
I want to keep this sway bar installed on my car (st184 Suspension Techniques 7/8" rear sway). The problem is, it's like an inch wider than the st162 bar. My end links form a Z with the strut.

Instead of putting back on the stock one (it was a bitch to get out, don't feel like repeating this again) I'm considering either cold bending the ends inward or cutting & re-welding the bar back together in the middle somewhere.

I'm thinking I can just bend the ends inward and not lose any functionality. IF I were to weld, that could loose the temper of the steel causing it to break at the weld.

Thoughts (short of buying the right bar or putting the stock back on)?

12-12-2011, 09:35 PM
Yes, if you reweld, youll lose the temper. That bar is a hollow bar too.

If you bend it, youll weaken it.

You should look into maybe making a spacer block for the endlinks or something. I dunno.

12-12-2011, 10:13 PM
This bar isn't hollow, it's solid.

Position Rear
Rear Sway Bar Type Solid
Sway Bar Diameter (in) 7/8 in.
Sway Bar Diameter (mm) 22.00mm

12-12-2011, 10:26 PM
I wouldn't bend the ends. That sounds like a good way to make sure both ends break off after a couple hard turns.

12-12-2011, 10:30 PM
Responded to question........

Aaron Willis
12-13-2011, 08:00 PM
I've bent solid sway bars before and not had a problem. Those things are tough. Bending a 1" sway bar was not easy. I'm pretty certain we invoked a good bit of heat and then let the bar cool slowly on its own.

12-13-2011, 08:01 PM
I'm persuing another path (which just happens to involve removing the sway bar and reinstalling the stock one). :sigh:

Thanks for the help guys.

12-13-2011, 08:54 PM
How about installing a year/model correct swaybar instead of stock?

12-13-2011, 09:10 PM
That is the plan, but with selling this bar & a few other parts I have laying around It gives me the funds needed to buy the remaining items necessary to fire up the beast.

12-14-2011, 07:47 AM
Its better than no sway bar.

12-14-2011, 04:27 PM
I think the best way would have been to use a spacer for the end links. But you've gotta do what you've gotta do.