Are all sway bars alike?

Discussion in 'The whoa and the sway.' started by sevv, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. sevv

    sevv Well-Known Member

    I need a sway bar for my 72GS.

    I wanted to know if they are all the same across the years, in terms of mounting position, etc. I realize some may be thicker than others.

  2. BadBrad

    BadBrad Got 4-speed?

    Front, rear, both?

    RACEBUICKS Midwest Buick Mafia

    I still have one extra NOS rear stock sway bar for sale if you are interested let me know
  4. sevv

    sevv Well-Known Member

    Both, I assume. Did GS's come with rear ones as well? My car has no rear in it, so I do not know.
  5. BadBrad

    BadBrad Got 4-speed?

    Sedans, coupes, convertibles cames with a 7/8 front bar - no rear.

    Heavy duty (including GS) came with 15/16 front bar.

    F41 suspension option was the heavy duty front bar plus a 7/8 rear bar mounted on boxed lower control arms. The rear upper control arms also had an extra brace triangulating between the arm upper bolt and the frame.

    Easiest mod to this system is to swap in a Trans-Am front bar. It is 1.25 in. Deffinitely don't do this though if the car has no rear bar. Will induce too much understeer - make the car dangerous in a corner.
  6. gs4u2c

    gs4u2c Is that a 442?

    If you're not worried about being stock you can use a 70-81 1.25" Trans Am front sway bar. You'll need the T/A frame mounts and bushings as well.
  7. sevv

    sevv Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the replies!
  8. Andrew Skidmore

    Andrew Skidmore Wannabe Trailer Queen

    Sway Bars

    When it was time for me to do something about my suspension I decided to go with front and rear quickor sway bars. Since I was the first in Portland, Oregon to have this done to a skylark the quikor company had to fabricate me a set, and overall it helped greatly and I wouldnt go back for anything, but of course it also depends upon how deep your pocket book is too.
  9. sevv

    sevv Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info, I will look into them.

  10. Madcat455

    Madcat455 Need..more... AMMO!!!

    If you're in need of a front sway bar, If I still have the one off of my "72 GS you can have it for shipping. (I think I still have it in the Garage)
  11. sevv

    sevv Well-Known Member


    do you still have those mounting pins, that connect to the lower control arms?

    I am really interested.

  12. BadBrad

    BadBrad Got 4-speed?


    Those are referred to as "end links." If you can't find any to recycle they are pretty easy to make from scratch. You can buy them premade too for not much $. Some bars (like the oversize TA bar) require a "custom" size anyway.
  13. sevv

    sevv Well-Known Member

    Thanks Brad!

  14. Madcat455

    Madcat455 Need..more... AMMO!!!

    Yep... End links are in great shape... no rust, with neoprene gormmets. I believe I have the rubber frame mounts & brackets as well, but I can't rember if I used new ones or the old ones that came with the bar.

    I don't think I saved the bolts though.
  15. sevv

    sevv Well-Known Member


    I was able to pick up a sway bar today, but I need endlinks.

    Let me know.

  16. Madcat455

    Madcat455 Need..more... AMMO!!!

    Since you already got the bar, you are better off just going to a parts store and buying new ones... they are cheap. I think mine cost $5 or $6 apiece at Discount Auto.

    I seem to be having a hard time getting to the PO to send stuff out latley anyways :eek: Seems like one thing after another down here :Dou:

    Good Luck, Putting a bar on my GS made a world of difference :TU:

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