Rear sway bar install?

Discussion in 'The whoa and the sway.' started by mjoe7, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. mjoe7

    mjoe7 In the beginning God...

    I bought a new Hotchkis rear sway bar. My 70 skylark did not come with one and currently does not have one. What is needed to install it? New lower control arms?
    Thanks for any information.
  2. bobc455

    bobc455 Well-Known Member

    Do you have boxed arms now (from the factory or aftermarket)?

    -Bob Cunningham
  3. mjoe7

    mjoe7 In the beginning God...

    I have...

    I have Hotchkis boxed lower control arms.
    I have never looked close at a rear sway bar setup. So that's why I'm in the dark on this.
  4. 70 gsconvt

    70 gsconvt Silver Level contributor

    If you have those Hotchkis control arms, you can just bolt the sway bar up to them. It's four bolts and you're done.

    Do have the sway bar spacers handy as it should be a snug fit. You don't want to be torquing the bolts down to get the sway bar flush with the control arms. You'll just be pulling the control arms out of alignment. So use the spacers if there is any space between the bar and control arm. And don't fully torque one side down and then the other. Get each side snug first and then tighten them down.
  5. The sway bar shims can be hard to find for sale by themselves, if you don't have enough to do the job. There is a member here, I forget who, that had some made up. I installed boxed arms from The Parts Place and a sway bar, but the hardware kit I had from TPP only includes 4 shims total. I needed a couple more, but they don't sell shims alone, so I fabbed up a couple in our shop at work. They're not perfect, but who can see them?
  6. mjoe7

    mjoe7 In the beginning God...


    Thank's guy's.
    I new it would'nt take much. I just had never worked with them before.
    Thank you again; Great advice.

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