The Sway Bar brace from Pro-Touring F-body.com works GREAT!!(lotsa pics) - Chevy Impala SS Forum
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post #1 of 280 (permalink) Old 03-18-2016, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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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.......
Very nice!!!! Scroll 1/2 the way down the page --->> http://www.pro-touringf-body.com/cha...omponents.html

Haven't heard from ya for awhile, Col.

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That's fricken awesome and thanks for sharing. Can't believe there is another mod I knew nothing about. I believe others here have made their own bracket to do the same thing. But for $69 this is a no brainier and will be getting 1 soon.

I guess it stands to reason that this bar designed for the 70-81 FBody would fit since I have the FBody bar on the car now. Just never considered this or even knew it was available. Looks like it also fits with your 9c1 power steering cooler line too....nice.

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I guess it stands to reason that this bar designed for the 70-81 FBody would fit since I have the FBody bar on the car now. Just never considered this or even knew it was available. Looks like it also fits with your 9c1 power steering cooler line too....nice.
Important fun fact. The front suspension on the '73-'77 A-Body and '77-'96 B-Body is the exact same front suspension out of the '70-'81 2nd Gen F-Body designed by the great Herb Adams. I think that is why our B-body is something of an overachiever in the handling department and great platform to improve upon.

Yeah no problem with power steering cooling lines. They just had to tucked the lower radiator hose a little upward out of the way.

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wow very cool find and great priced mod is a win win in my book

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After seeing the "Buick Brace" I wondered about something like this. The concept fits KISS. Only thing I'm curious about now is and I saw it somewhere here and I think Scot talked about it. What if this bar had the sway bar bushing mount spacer too? One last question. Do you subtract the amount of the spacer from the end link proportionally? +1 inch spacer=-1 from link. Not to take away from OP

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Thumbs up Time for a Group Purchase?

Like the Dick Miller rear control arm braces, this a straight forward bolt-on upgrade.

With tax return season approaching for many B-Body owners, do you think we can get enough interest for a Group Purchase on this Sway Bar Brace?

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Very nice!
I was immediately surprised that a F-body brace would fit a B-body with little-to-no modification, until DUH, a bunch of people run the 1LE front bars, just like someone else mentioned up above.
Choo actually made me a frame rail/steering brace probably 2 or 3 years ago, and I STILL haven't gotten around to installing it. However, I might have some clearance issues with his design since I'm running an underdrive crank pulley as well.

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Great
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Very cool! Thanks for the heads up! I was planning on welding something up to do this, but it would be much easier to buy a pre-fabbed one and weld it in. I always figured some kind of brace up front there connecting the frame horns would make a difference (they used them in performance G bodies which is almost an identical chassis but if anything has LESS weight to deal with, so why would't they be on the b body?). I'm glad it actually made a noticeable difference!

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