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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Front sway bar fit problems - looking for options custom or delete?

When I gave my car to the body shop the only metalwork left was the nose and front x-member below the radiator. I foolishly did not give the shop the actual swaybar to test fit and now find the x member is a few mm too high and too far aft as you can sort of see in this picture sighting down the p/s mount.

I am not great at visualizing the effects of suspension changes, nor am I necessarily fishing for an easy out but: is there a reasonable suspension setup that does away with the front swaybar? As of now I have stock springs, spacers removed, koni reds. It will be a weekend car and will not see the track.

Failing that, from searching the BB I gather that some have had custom sway bars made. One thought is to get the car on the road (which is still many months away) and then take it to someone who can fabricate accordingly.

Any thought appreciated. Its a lousy situation.
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Rear mounted swaybar

There's a rear mounted swaybar system, wich is not actually mounted in the rear, but uses the steeringbox and idler's mounting points. Far stronger than the standard front..

Racers use them.. they're out there. Daron at VC was going to do one a couple of years ago, but i haven't seen any appear on his website..

And I'm sure that front situation is fixable... it's only metal...
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Thanks, excellent lead.

Indeed only metal. I have a few years of metal massaging under my belt with this project but would like not to revisit it with the car painted and motor in place.

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I understand your concern, but I'm pretty sure this is fixable.

Do I understand correctly that the left bottom mounting point is too far to the front?
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I think the mounts are in the right place but the entirety of the X member that is below the radiator - which is a three layered sandwich of sheet metal - appears to be both too far aft and too high, meaning it occupies the same space that the sway bar does.

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Are you sure? Don't forget the rubber, or poly bushes the bar sits in... that put's it quite a bit to the rear so to say..
I'd do a dry mount without the links first to see if it's really that bad.
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This dowel is a few mm smaller diameter than the sway bar, you can see it hits the pinched drains on the sheet metal
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Yep, that's not good..

Here's what I meant.

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Thanks, I found a few threads here discussing either fabricating from parts: Sway Bars and Parts
Or buying buying from BB members who have/do make them.

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That's great stuff! You'll -unwillingly- end up with a far better system ;-)

Pls keep us informed, might join you!

Good luck!
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Silver linings! I most certainly will.
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Or get a bent sway bar made, ie. it is bent in a U shape in between the mounts ...

Or hit the pinched drains with a hammer until they just clear ...

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Any updates on this?

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Nope. I'm focused on getting the car on the road, but am looking forward to the challenge of solving this and potentially improving the sway bar setup while I do. Will share findings with you all along the way. I never heard back from the BB members I contacted who posted on this subject in the past.

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As painful as it might seem, you may need to return to the body shop with sway bar in hand and have them re-do some of their work, or at least offer their recommendations on how to correct the situation.
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