How drivable is my car w/o the front sway bar? - Chevy Impala SS Forum
 
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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-08-2002, 06:48 AM
Aaron D
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I made my first ever trip to the track last Saturday. I'm satisfied w/ the results (for now) but I have a major traction problem w/ my 275/40 Yokohama A540's. I've heard that disconnecting the front sway bar will help. That being the case, is it safe to drive my car to and fom the track w/ the front sway bar disconnected? I usually take the highway, but I can stay off that if need be. I currently have the stock rear bar but want to get a HO bar before the season is over if it makes any difference. I also have a set of HAL front shocks that are going on shortly so I can play w/ the setting on those if it will help. Also, I've heard that the easiest way to disconnect the front bar is to just unbolt the endlinks and wire the bar up and out of the way. what do I wire the bar to? How much more traction can I expect. I've got some other traction ideas that I plan on asking about later that involve airbags and new control arms.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-08-2002, 08:23 AM
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I currently drive my car without the front front swaybar. Just disconnect the endlinks and the 2 C-Clamp bushings and that's it, you lose 30lbs. I wouldn;t recommend tight turns but overall your car feels the same around town and the highway, just don't try to make tight turns or you'll notice that your back-end will come around. [img]7.gif[/img]
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-09-2002, 10:03 PM
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When I took the front bar off my Caprice it rode much different. When I turned the steering wheel, the entire front end would move. Of course that was with the FE1 "SOFT RIDE" suspension.

I haven't tried this in my SS yet. I did however pull the rear bar off when I put the HALs on. But I could adjust the shocks specifically for the difference. Plus, I really don't see how the rear swaybar does a lot ot a solid axle rear end anyway

With the HALs and the SS springs, I'm betting that pulling the the front bar won't make as big of a difference as it did in the Caprice.

This is something I'm gonna have to try when I get the tranyn working right again
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-09-2002, 10:45 PM
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I drove my S for about a year and a half with the front sway bar disconnected. It was GREAT at the track and only slightly inconvenient around town. You have to remember that is your situation or the car will remind you in a subtle way, but not overly dangerous for the average adult.
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-10-2002, 06:21 AM
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Thanks for the info guys. At least now I know it won't be inherently dangerous. I guess I'll just put the HALs on full firm on the way to the track and adjust them again when I get there and before I leave. I won't be doing any crazy autocrossing type stuff on the way there due to all the (heavy) stuff I usually end up hauling to the track (aint it great being the one who gets to haul the gear to the track... just because you have the room).

Aaron
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-10-2002, 09:05 AM
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I've been driving with NO sway bars for 2 years. Having 275/40-17s and HAL shocks on the front set on 8, it feels just as responsive to maneuvers as the car did totally stock.
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-10-2002, 11:28 PM
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George, or whoever. If the absence of a sway bar can be compensated w/ stiffer shocks, then why not just have the stiff shocks to begin with. Would it be feasible to forgo a new front bar when I get an HO rear and just stiffen the front shocks? I was planning on doing both. How about if I go with the stiffer Global West front spings along w/ the shocks. I'm just starting to go to the track this year but I'm already thinking dabbling with some autocrossing next year. I was planning on doing all the mods mentioned above but I don't want to spend any unnecessary money (I'll find something else to spend it on for sure). I'm sure someone will tell me that new front and rear bars are the best way to go or factory cars wouldn't come with sway bars, not to mention race car applications. Obviously I'm new to all of this so what do yall think?

Aaron
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-11-2002, 07:27 AM
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Aaron, I don't autocross, but I'm sure for those kinds of maneuvers you should keep the sway bars.

I never noticed any difference in mine because I don't normally take corners at insane speeds [img]smile.gif[/img]

Maybe Ed Runnion (Autocrosser), could chime in here with his expertise.......
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-11-2002, 12:13 PM
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Trust me : for AutoX, you want the bars.

Remember shocks only DAMPEN the motions, not SUPPORT the weight of the car. VERY big difference.

There's a big difference between "can safely go down the road" and "handling as well as possible" [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-11-2002, 05:34 PM
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Just as I suspected
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