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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-20-2004, 09:25 AM
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I go to install a fbody swaybar, get one side up & bolted, go to the other, and WTF!!? The PST bracket won't line up with the holes. One lined up fine, but the bar is angled, and can't get the bracket any further over. So, we "bent" the bracket a little bit and it fits fine. No issues with the endlinks either.
I've heard of issues with the endlinks, and even moving the brackets so there's no endlink issues, but anyone ever have strictly bracket issues?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-20-2004, 03:29 PM
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I didnt have any problems. The holes lined up fine. I used the Energy Suspension Greaseable mounts for mounting F-bar to the frame. For endlinks, I used the 4th generation Camero ones. Its been on the car for about 4 months now and no issues.
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-20-2004, 03:33 PM
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These were the PST bushings & brackets. Is there anyway to put the bar on wrong, as in backwards or upside down or anything? I know you can't put it on upside down, tried that, just doesn't work. But maybe it has a left & a right side?? Thanks.

Edit: I also destroyed the foam seal between the idler arm and centerlink. Short of ordering one and waiting a couple days for it to arrive, what can I use to make one? I got some weatherstripping-like foam that goes inbetween your AC & the window (in a house) and was thinking of cutting a little 'O' out of it. Would that stand up to any wear & tear?
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-21-2004, 12:33 PM
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Glad to see the suspension project is moving forward.

I had similar problems installing a Hotchkis swaybar on my 9C1. I posted some comments in this thread: https://impalassforum.com/cgi-bin/ult...=003332#000000

I'm not sure if the fitment problems are manufacting issues or possible bending of the frame of the car. After installing my Hotchkiss bar, I noticed that the stock bar I took off had a slight bend to it (where it shouldn't). When I get a chance I'm going to have a body shop look at my frame and pull it back into alignment if it is off.

It seems like many have installed aftermarket bars that bolted right up with none of the problems we've had.

-- Dan
'95 9C1
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-21-2004, 01:00 PM
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Dan, I gotta thank you publicly, your instructions were the bomb. And I'm happy to report I put the last bits together last night, tonight I'll do the finishing touches and hopefully be done. I'll be driving by the end of the week, until the next project.

This frame alignment bit gets me a little worried. I don't know if there was ever any front end damage, but from underneath it doesn't look like it. I feel it was the bar angle and the bushings & bracket being a bit larger, hopefully my bending of the bracket won't put too much stress on it. Either nothing will happen or I'll find out the hard way I guess...
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