TA rear girdle v Hotchkis rear bar - Chevy Impala SS Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 09:00 PM
2LTONES
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

I wasn't sure whether to put this here or in drivetrain. Just install TA rear girdle. It seems to be a well made and I like the option of occasionally doing a diff service by using the drain plug. However, my Hotchkis rear bar interferes with the rear girdle. I switched back to the stock rear bar. It just fits. Does anyone have a TA rear girdle and an aftermarket rear bar? What after market bar hangs an inch or so lower than Hotchkis?
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 09:07 PM
9C1LT195
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

HO/HA rear bar. It is shaped very differently from stock and Hotchkis bars. I use one with Summit girdle without any problems.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 09:18 PM
2LTONES
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

Thanks for the quick reply. How much is the HO/HA rear bar and where did you get yours, or if you have had yours for a while, where is the best place to get one now?
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 09:19 PM
Navy Lifer
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

Is your Hotchkis bar the "early" version that drops to a shallow "V" in the center under the differential case?

Yes, there is some interference with the TA cover, if so. You can massage the TA case--its aluminum, fairly soft, and thick enough right there that some filing/grinding won't compromise its strength or integrity.

You could also space the Hotchkis bar down a little with some large/thick washers.

Finally, talk to Hotchkis and see if they will exchange the old bar for the new design, which has plenty of clearance since it is similar in shape to the OE rear bar. The old Hotchkis bar--V-design--is the one that had the inclination to break.
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 09:35 PM
2LTONES
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

The Hotchkis rear bar on my SS was the early one that V'ed in the middle. I know what you say about the early ones breaking. My early version Hotchkis wagon rear bar broke and they relaced it.
I tried double heavy washers as spacers and it still was not even close to fiting. I would have had to grind 3/8 inch off the bottom of the girdle.
I don't even have the Hotchkis rear bar any more. I had to swap it for the SS' stock bar, which was on my father's Roadmaster. He came over right away to make the swap. He is probably the only 70 plus year old with 3.42's and now he is enjoying the tighter handling with his "new" Hotchkis rear bar.
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 09:41 PM
9C1LT195
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

Quote:
Originally posted by 2LTONES:
How much is the HO/HA rear bar and where did you get yours, or if you have had yours for a while, where is the best place to get one now?
www.hoenterprises.com

I believe it was a little under $200 shipped.
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-13-2003, 10:09 PM
2LTONES
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

Thnaks. Am I correct to assume by "bare" HO means the Impala rear bar comes without hardware and not that it is unpainted?
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-15-2003, 07:19 PM
oinkr2
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

The HO bar I got came painted or powder coated black-no hardware.
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-20-2003, 11:07 AM
2LTONES
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Post

Just installed a HO rear sway bar. Fits fine - plenty of clearance with TA rear girdle. Makes the Hotchkis rear bar I used to have on the SS look like a tooth pick. After a few cloverleafs, it seems that switching from the Hotchkiss to the HO rear bar is almost as big a change as going from no bar to stock rear bar.
My old Hotchkis front/rear bar setup was fairly neutral. Anyone running a Hotchkis front and HO rear bar setup? Any thoughts on whether these will be compatable or will the front now be too loose. The car now almost seems like it has rear wheel steering.
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chevy Impala SS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome