Sway bar swap

Discussion in 'The whoa and the sway.' started by Dragdoc, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    Anyone know of any exchanges between different years of big car sway bars? My ‘60 LeSabre has a rather spindly front sway bar (only 3/4”) and I wonder if I can make something bigger work. Pretty simple bar - not many bends in it. Actually a straight shot from bushing to bushing. 9458BADF-8A18-483B-8631-3D6D62427ECD.jpeg
     
  2. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    Here's a bigger bar that is supposed to fit. It is listed as 1" or 1.25" in different places. It is a bit pricy at $350.

    If it were mine, the first thing I'd do is put new end links with urethane bushings and new support bushings in urethane. That will stiffen up the response time which might be enough to make it a lot better.
     
  3. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    Sorry, knucklebuster, I am not seeing a link if there was one provided.
     
  4. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

  5. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the link.

    it is listed as only 58-64 B body Chevrolet on Ride Tech’s site for a 1.125” bar. Summit says its 1” diameter in one part then 1.125” in another. But they do list BOP cars as well

    General shaping looks similar. A guy in our club has a ‘64 Impala - Im gonna go measure the piece on his car. If its the same I bet I can find a variety of bars for Chevy for much less than $350
     
  6. knucklebusted

    knucklebusted Well-Known Member

    I don't doubt it. As I was saying, just putting urethane bushings and endlinks will greatly tighten up your car. Sway bars are for fine tuning once everything else is dialed in.
     
  7. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    I will check that out! Was concerned that getting over 1” diameter might result in the ride getting harsh. What have you noticed regarding ride quality?

    Do you have a rear sway bar? What size?
     
  8. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    "The better design that goes axle to frame not control arm to control arm like an A body." Bill @Electra man I don't see this design for the rear sway bars in their catalogs -- looks like it's control arm to control arm? Can you find a link and reply? Thanks!!
     
  9. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    Electra man - I understood that PST sway bar to be same as full size chevy. Is that right? I measured the bar on my buddy’s 64 Impala - the Chevy piece is 4” narrower than my car’s. By the way, I have no secondary frame rails and no need for a “V”. 59-60 frame is different than later cars.

    Bummer!
     
  10. Dragdoc

    Dragdoc Well-Known Member

    I sure appreciate your efforts!

    I’m not screwed, just have to get crafty is all. I dont give up easily!
     
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  11. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    So in your picture that is a 1-1/8 bar from Kanter? That looks like it will fit the 69 cat then, same front end by the looks of it...cool
     
  12. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    Ok thanks for clearing that up, I’m ordering one up this week, thanks for sharing that information. Gordon
     
  13. racenu

    racenu Well-Known Member

    Ok cool
     

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