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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-2004, 08:19 PM
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My civi Caprice didn't come with one, but now that I've got the new Hotchkis RLCA's I've been thinkin' about it. What I've been pondering is this. Since the mounting position for the rear sway is so close to the axle, how much sway or twist can it really be experiencing? After all, the axle is solid, and what twist might happen would seem to be absorbed by the control arm bushings. A sway bar on an independant rear suspension I can see, but will it really make a difference with solid axle rear-end?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-2004, 08:25 PM
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One word answer : yes

Drive another B-body with a rear bar installed. I'll guess you'll be trying to find one shortly afterwards [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-2004, 08:41 PM
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Not to disagree with Ed, but with the right combination of spring rates, front-end alignment/geometry, shock valving, weight distribution (think WAGON) and tires, you can make the car work pretty well with just a front bar.

The biggest thing working against the car as built is the positive camber gain (front outside tire doesn't stay as flat as desired on road surface in turns)--anti-roll/stabilizer/sway bar tuning at the rear as well as the front helps to some extent, but is not a miracle cure for "bad" geometry. The Dr Gas knuckle/spindle extender is an attempt to move the front geometry in the right direction, with mixed results so far.
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-2004, 08:44 PM
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I'll agree with Bill [img]smile.gif[/img]

That said, unless you're willing to go change all those other parts......all other being equal, you want the rear bar [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 12:37 PM
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I installed a rear sway on my civi, used all SS hardware and it bolted right up. Made a HUGE difference, I already had the lower bushings and it still had that same "here-we-go" feeling. the rear bar REALLY tightens up things up all over. Only downside is a slightly rougher ride.

Also on most B-Bodies they are visible from the rear and it looks really tough. Mine are both powdercoated red and they shine like the sun from underneath the car !
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 07:51 PM
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Thanks for the opinions everyone. Helped me make mine up. Now to find the cash somewhere for the HA/HO front and rear bars.Guess I oughta put down the food stamps and get respectably employed! HA Ha!
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 08:39 PM
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Keep in mind that anything stiffer than an SS/9C1 rear bar will require aftermarket LCAs.
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-29-2004, 01:12 PM
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on my wagon I installed rear lower and upper BMRs. Not long after that my rear swaybar came in. I was so anxious to put that on I did it that day after work. On the drive back home I was looking for twisty roads. Taking turns and everything faster than everyone else on the road made me think like an outlaw a bit.

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On the way home today I was looking for all possible routes to get into as many twisties as possible.
On the way home today I was looking for all possible routes to get into as many twisties as possible.
Even taking corners at lights I would slow down first to get more room between the boat and the car in front of me and then speed up some. What a grat feeling however at times I feel like 'I'm braking the law' just enjoying my REAR HOTCHKIS BAR.
Right now my suspension is as follows:
stock wagon springs F/R
stock wagon shocks F (they are SHOT)
bilsteins boxy rear shocks
airlift airbags
BMR LCA and UCA
2nd gen F-body front bar
Hotchkis rear bar
I can definatelly tell the front end is pushing some. The 225-70-15 GoodYear Aquathreads aren't the greatest performance tires however.
Boy is it fun taking a turn faster than others and then watching cars dissapear in the rear view mirrors on turns.
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-30-2004, 06:02 AM
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My caprice came with no rear sway. The first thing I did was get one out of a 9C1 and install it. Very big difference.
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