September 24, 2007 at 1:06 am #57024
Can i get some feedback on modifying front sway bar? Has anyone used 1" sway bar and where did they get it? I see that addco makes 7/8". I want to replace my original unit for a larger unit. Spring and all bushing are new in front end.
Which rear leaf spring set is preferred? What vendors unit is best to make my rear stiffer?
September 24, 2007 at 3:47 am #61599Jeff NicholsParticipant
I have bought rear springs from two vendors, British Victoria and Dale Azk…. whatever. I talked to Dale first and it took him aroung 5 months to send his springs. He is hard to get in contact with and at the time was out of stock. So it took him awhile to get new ones made. In the meantime, I ordered a set from Vic Brit and thought I canceled Dale’s. The end result was two sets delivered within a week of each other.
Vic Brit are very well made by British Springs in the UK. Close to stock in appearance but have one less leaf than stock.
Dales have less leafs than stock but each leaf is thicker and the spring rate is stiffer than stock. His has a anti-windup feature. A half leave from the front spring eye extends to the middle of the spring. Its basicly a half leaf and you do not need Traction Masters. On my mostly stock engine it eliminates wheel hop. The quality is not up to Vic Brits. Mine have some type of tool marks and one of the anti-windup leafs is wrapped about a inch longer than the other.
If you are looking for stock appearence buy Vic Brits. Want to eliminate wheel hop and need a stiffer spring? Then buy Dale’s springs.
September 26, 2007 at 7:42 pm #61601
If you choose to go to a heavier front sway bar, be sure to (at a minumum) reinforce the mounts. I was running a 1" bar at a hillclimb back in ’83 when one of the mounts pulled out in the middle of a corner sending me into a spin and a crash. The car was pretty badly wadded up as a result and took several years to rebuild.
I built a completely different swaybar setup afterwards which pivoted off from the frame. Now, I have a replacement crossmember with coilover suspension and integral swaybar which my son built for me.
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