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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 11:23 PM
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Today I discovered that my rear sway bar is BROKE! I know that I saw posts about this here or on the NAISSO mailing list but I can't find them now. I apparently don't know which term to search for since I have looked at 100's of sway bar posts and haven't found anything related to this problem. Anyway the bar broke on the driver's side right next to the rear bolt.

Are these bars warrantied for life?
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 12:21 AM
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-There have been a few that broke in this fashion. You don't need to find those posts, just call Hotchkis and they'll arrange a replacement at no cost.

-Jay
post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 12:27 AM
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I believe the only thing you need to do is ship them the smaller of the 2 pieces of the sway bar as proof of it breaking and they should ship a replacement to you. I'd call them beforehand to be sure.
 
post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 10:21 AM
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Do you have any idea how/why it broke? Were you driving it hard, or did you just notice it out of the blue?
post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 10:33 AM
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No hard driving...I was under the car trying to find a rattle when I grabbed the sway bar for leverage and felt it move. Upon further inspection I found that it was completely broke in half at the bolt hole and was being supported by the washer. Even worse one of the bolts is frozen to the Hotchkis LCA. It took quite a bit of work to get the other 3 out but one of them won't budge.
post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 10:58 AM
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I have been checking out my new Hotchkiss rear bar and it is smooth and appears to be hollow. The attachement points are solid stock welded to the hollow bar. Most other bars are one piece forged steel so it should be interesting to see how this one holds up. Since it is smooth my guess it that its made of mild steel tubing which may or may not be up to the job.
post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 10:59 AM
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I spoke to a guy who had the same happen to him on his bar. He contacted Hotchkis and, 'long story short, I believe Hotchkis is looking into the fact that some of their bars can't stand the stress put on them when some guys who go up driveways go at an angle.

If you notice whenever lowered rides go up on driveways do it at an angle as to not scrape the bottom of the ride on the driveway. You'll notice that one wheel (in the rear) is pressed in as the otherone hangs down, well apparently this stress at the bolt holes is too much in some instances and that's why they break there. From what this guy told me Hotchkis is working on a new bar that will deal w/ this issue. Again, this is what this guy told me about this. I'll send him a PM to see if he wants too elaborate more on this.
post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 11:16 AM
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I just got off the phone with Hotchkis and they are going to send me a new bar. All they want from me is a digital photo of the bar.

He basically told me the same thing as POSSEZED stated and explained to me that the design had been changed to what AllenIDOXLR8 described. The new bars have billet ends welded to the tubing. Also, the new bar is bigger in diameter since it is now hollow to keep the same rating.

The customer service sounds good so far....we'll see how long it takes to get a new one.
post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 11:26 AM
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By any chance, did they mention when the design was changed? I just picked mine up a month ago.
post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-03-2004, 04:35 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Thump:
By any chance, did they mention when the design was changed? I just picked mine up a month ago.
I just got mine off ebay a few weeks ago and they're waiting for me at home. I'm curious about this too!
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