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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 07:24 PM
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My caprice has the B4U & FE3 suspension system. This car does not have any sway bars on it. I was at a near-by pick-a-part and bought a stock sway bar from a 1995 caprice that has the FE1 suspension. On a different Impala page it lists the FE1 suspension as being softer than the FE3.

If this is correct, why does my car with the B4U & FE3 not have any sway bar?

Does anyone know what size the sway bar I bought (FE1) is?

I read somewhere that the F-car sway bar bushing are fiberglass and will work on the sway bars on B-body cars. If this is correct does someone have the gm numbers for this?


I appreciate all input on this.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 09:22 PM
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Everything got a front bar, if yours is missing it was removed at some point, I have heard some L99 cars got a lighter front bar but all others are the same as SS, haven't measured any to find out for sure. All rear bars are the same on the cars that got them thoughat least from 94+.
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 09:38 PM
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A B4U/FE3 car should have had the same bars as a 9C1 or Impala SS. Front is 30mm (1.18"), rear is 26mm (about 1"), best I recall.

An FE1 car would have had a 28mm front bar and no rear bar--that's just a little bit over an inch in diameter.

These parts bolt on, so whoever you got the car from either removed whatever was there before, or didn't know themselves that the bars were missing. I'd guess that a previous owner had a set of good bars on the car that were sold off to someone else before the car was sold, since they were worth more sold separately than with the car.

Since you are on a budget, suggest you find a set of stock Impala SS bars--there are plenty around--and use some Energy Suspension greaseable front polyurethane bar-to-frame bushings, and poly end links. Use Energy PN 3.5183 for the frame bushings, and 9.8123 for the end links. There are a number of other end link sources, both GM and aftermarket.

If you don't have mounting hardware for the bars, let us know--or search the Forum as there are plenty of threads about this. I would not try to make Camaro bushings work on the Impala or whatever bar you have or end up with--the bushings are fiberglas-lined for smoother action/less friction.
 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-14-2003, 10:04 AM
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I should have mentioned this car has had 3 owners including myself, my father and the original owner was an elderly couple who the husband passed away. The copy of the original owners title shows 50 miles and issued on 8/23/95.

My dad and I have discussed why the car has no sway bars. One possible idea is they where never installed from the factory. Our other thought is a mechanic at the dealership may have removed them for there own vehicle.
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