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Any old timers here remember these sway bars?

Apparently there was a company called Malibu Performance that sold sway bars for the B body. Back in 2012 I purchased a procharged caprice from a forum member and parted it out. He included two sway bars that weren't on the car and receipts for them showing them to be from Malibu Performance but I didn't get any of the mounting hardware/bushings. They are probably the beefiest, heaviest sway bars I have ever seen for our cars and I was going to give them a shot despite not being crazy about the weight gain (though at this point I'll take the weight over spending $550+ on Hotchkis hollow bars).

Just wondering if anyone knows anything about them performance wise, and also if anyone knows if the front bar mounted just normally with factory style end links? I would assume so but haven't tried to install them yet.

Here is the only thread I can find about them, it's from 2016 so relatively recent but I can't find anything on the web about the company. It either doesn't exist or doesn't use the internet LOL

https://www.impalassforum.com/vBulle...sway-bars.html

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https://www.impalassforum.com/vBullet...formance+build --frame off build up thread
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I got an HA front with Heim joints for my '82 Park Ave. The car had no rear bar at all, and either HA did not make a rear or I didn't know about them then. So, I got a police rear and it did quite well firming up my lunky C-body. 1/2 coil off the front and adjustable konis helped too. The HO rear on my Impala SS came from Malibu. Whether Scot mentions it in his other thread I recall HO was Herb Adams' son's continuation of HA. I also recall waiting forever for the HO bar as the new company was fraught with sketchy/lengthy/sporadic production issues.

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What do they measure in diameter? Do they lay out next to your factory ones and match shape-wise? If so, up front, any end links of choice can be used and bushings are available in every diameter your new bar could be. In the rear if it’s not meant to be mounted to the control arms then you’re going to have to get creative.

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The rear measures 1 9/16". It's a simple U-shaped design solid bar, mounted to the LCAs.




\'96SS SOB: SSRI, Herter Tune, Tri-Y II, , 3000 Edge, F/HO bars, METCO extendeds with CV MMC, Bilsteins, currently Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta (315/35 rear). Finally, wait for it... LT-4 knock module!
\'96FWB BUW-Butt Ugly White: PCMPerformance tune, HDFA w/ swissed filter, 1/2 SLP s.s. catback with H- and Flow Super 50s, oem opti rebuilt 3 times, SS Bars, METCO LCA, Airlift 1000, Monroe SS, PowerTrax No-Slip, CTS wheels with +1 rubber. Finally, yes again... LT-4 knock module!
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That's a copy of the old Herb Adams bar.

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96black, thanks for that, it put my on the right track research wise but i'm still a bit confused. I remember the old HA bars, I remember the front bar having ends for heim joints/tie rod ends. Not familiar with HO bars but you're saying they basically just continued production of the HA bars? Where does Malibu Performance come into play? Doing some research it seems they made reproduction HA/HO bars but this front bar is definitely not for tie rod/heim joints. It just has regular end link provisions.

lotsacars, I'll have to dig them out of the shed and measure the diameters on both to get to the bottom of this LOL I'll lay them out with the factory bars as well. If my memory serves me right from the last time I had them out of the shed, I'm pretty sure they look exactly like factory bars but just wayyyy thicker in diameter and I remember they weighed a metric sh*t ton compared to the factory ones.


Wondering how guys like these performance wise on lowered B bodies with stiffer springs and how they compare performance wise to some of the other bars that are still in production like BMR or Hotchkis. I guess it's going to be hard to say since it seems like hardly anyone ever bought from Malibu Performance and these don't appear to be exactly the same as the HA/HO bars (with the front not having rod end provisions). I'll get the measurements as soon as I can though.

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https://www.impalassforum.com/vBullet...formance+build --frame off build up thread
Old N/A setup http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZvPZi9fL8k 396, LE2 heads, TH400
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Asfter 35 years sommathis could get sketchy, but recall HA fronts offered regular ends at some point after I ordered. The Heims sure locked things down tight. I pulled one right through the A-arm and had to weld in a 1/4" plate patch. Story goes Herb was getting on in years and the son took over to some degree. Malibu may have been his company name, but more likely a speedshop offering a variety of goods. In any case it seemed they were the sole vendor for HO bars. I had to call more than once after order for update, and my contact there would 'volunteer' his insights and new scuttlebutt about indeterminate production and conjecturing if/when the son would make another run.



And +1 on a metric sh*t ton haha Certainly an apt description. It seemed to weigh 4x the stock bar. And the finish looked like wrought iron beat rough with a hammer by a blacksmith (still does). But the paint still looks as good with no rust the same as new. For a weekender garage queen I love the 'rollercoaster car' flat ride. But, I would not (and don't) favor such an unyielding lockdown for my driver. I'll have to dig out my papers for that receipt and post up if it helps your research.

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H-O Racing/Enterprises had no official affiliation with Adams or his son, but sold similar spec bars with standard mounting setup in front, and of course the 1-1/2" monster out back. The HO set I ordered for my car was drop-shipped from Malibu Performance, so maybe they were jobbing out production.
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Yeah, I have the front Malibu bar in the 91. I got probably one of the last HA rear bars at the time and this was the best match for it then. If memory serves, it's 1 3/8" I didn't use the supplied bushing but maybe the end links for a while. Supplied, they were all poly. I went with an F-body factory lined bushings. And at some point went to moog stiff rubber end links. Ride quality became more important and it's been great with the factory SS springs.
I started with the HA bars way back in my mustang. For a daily driver, 30K miles a year, after awhile, those spherical ends just start clattering too much. HA did a redesign at some point that switched to the tie rod type ends to alleviate this. But it's not a retrofit unfortunately.
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