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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2004, 10:27 AM
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I recently got a used F body sway bar off ebay, looks like a nice piece of work and for $40, so a decent deal. But everytime I see my dad, who likes to question all the stuff that I'm doing, he keeps asking if I've had the bar x-rayed. I know why that would be a good idea, see if the bar has any hairline cracks. Is this overkill? Have any of you ever done this after picking up a sway bar at a junkyard or off ebay?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2004, 12:41 PM
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I don't know of any auto doctors that can x-ray car parts. [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
Basicly any junk yard part has the possibility of going bad, but so does new parts that you buy from Autozone, O'Riley's, etc.. I'd clean it up, paint it, and throw it on there. Ohh don't forget to get it aligned too.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2004, 12:43 PM
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Originally posted by BlackestSS:
I don't know of any auto doctors that can x-ray car parts. [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
I can, but it can't be too big (like a sway bar).
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2004, 01:17 PM
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Mention to your dad that X-raying would be more suited to checking new parts.
If the bar has internal "issues" that X-raying would show, up they have always been there.
If the bar wasn't broken already don't worry about the inside.
If you want to look at it from a fatigue standpoint strip the bar and have it magnifluxed.
This will show you what you need to know.
Although not as good you can do crack testing your self with Ardrox
I use it on some parts and it does work.
Gerry
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2004, 02:28 PM
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Overkill.
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2004, 06:13 PM
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Like 95wagon says "magnaflux". It will show the smallest crack. Any good engine rebuilder can do very easily.
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2004, 07:46 PM
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I think this post is proof that some people don't have enough activities in their life.

1. If a used sway bar had a problem, it would already be broken.

2. Even if it failed in use, the failure would not be life-threatening. A serious failure would be a ball joint or a lower control arm or a steering tie rod.

I've owned about a hundred cars, modified and hot-rodded many of them, and the only sway bar failure I ever had was the rear sway bar on a Lincoln Mark VIII. And, it failed because of internal corrosion. It is a hollow bar, and Ford failed to paint the inside, and failed to properly seal the ends.Water was trapped inside, and the bar eventually broke.

Bob
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-16-2004, 02:08 PM
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You know what? I can tell from reading this that it has a CRACK! Just sell it to me and I'll fix her but good. LOL
Man, just throw that baby on there and let the good times roll...
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