Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Brooklyn, New York
The Sway Bar brace from Pro-Touring F-body.com works GREAT!!(lotsa pics)
First I want to thank Impala77 for putting me hip to Dave at Pro-Touring F-body.com in one of his post about whether there is an available chassis strengthening brace to connect the front frame horns. Dave was very friendly and helpful and he sold me one his Sway Bar Braces for the '75-'81 2nd Gen F-Body, Part # 2CF-842 listed for $69.00. This brace is similar to the "Wonder Bar" steering brace that BMR makes for the 3rd Gen F-Body.
The part description on the website says to "Reduce chassis flex due to heavy sway bar loads and from side loading caused by today's performance tires, also help avoid ripping out the front sway bar bolts". It seems that the steering gear on our B-Bodies is doing double duty besides steering the car. It also has to control the chassis flex at the front as well. Another design/factory omission?? I think so.
The guys at Street Smart here in Brooklyn installed the Sway Bar Brace without difficulty. They had to make one of the mounting holes on one side of the frame a little bigger. What do you expect from a 20+ year old car. I have the Hellwig 1.375" front swaybar with the hammertone finish and there was no interference between the swaybar and the brace.
Well the installation happened on the very wet and rainy day and I didn't think I would feel any difference under such conditions and since I am running 707 LBS front springs and 275/40-18 size tires. But WOW!!! After leaving the shop and driving around the block the steering response and feel seemed to increase by at least 200%. So "Big Ups!!!" to Dave at Pro-Touring F-body.com. This is one cost effective mod. Dave even you recommends that if you are not planning any further mods to the area that you permanently weld the brace to the frame once it is securely bolted in.
1995 9C1, 3.73 gears, TruTrac LSD, Hellwig front swaybar, B-Body Performance 1.25" rear bar, Currie rear upper & lower control arms, Dick Miller Racing rear brace, Vogtland springs, "Sport" Bilstein shocks, CIA Cold Air Intake, PCMFORLESS program, S10 torque converter and Performance rebuilt 4L60E w/Art Carr sunshell, HD 1-2 band & Raybestos Z-Pak 3-4 clutches. Harper's HD12 front brake, Techna Fit braided steel brake lines & Stealth Bolt Mod. 12 way front Bonnie seats & rear Bonnie seats.
Last edited by B'klyn9c1; 03-18-2016 at 03:51 PM.