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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 08:19 PM
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Just order an hellwig front bar today, how does this compare to the F-body one. (ie. size/stiffness).

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-17-2002, 10:00 PM
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Little bigger (34mm vs 32mm, both solid) compared to the F-body bar. Would make a nice complement to the HA or HO rear bar.

If you do the rear bar as well (and I HIGHLY recommend doing it), then be sure you have aftermarket rear lower control arms. Lots of options there, search the forum for some opinions on it.
post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-18-2002, 12:26 AM
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Why do you say to get new Control arms? Is this needed if you are changing the rear bar?
 
post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-18-2002, 12:56 AM
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From what I have read yes you need to replace the stock RCA components before putting on the new rear bar. Ths stock RCAs are pretty much useless and need to have beefier replacements.I am making the final decision very soon on what combination I want to go with.
post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-18-2002, 01:31 AM
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DJBRAXTON & Ed,

Is this the correct PN# for the Hellwig bar from Summit, just want to be sure [img]smile.gif[/img]

HEL-5720 SWAY BAR $121.69

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-18-2002, 11:57 AM
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Not sure on the PN.

As for the rear control arms : they are flimsy pieces of pot metal. The STOCK rear swaybar is stressing them pretty good. Bigger rear bars are stressing them to the point that total failure of the arm (usually the bar mounting bolts enlarging the holes in the arms, leading to cracks and/or the bolts coming thru the holes) is a very real concern.
post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-18-2002, 12:19 PM
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Its a given that the LCA's MUST be upgraded when going with a bigger RSB..but do the upper CA's need to be swapped out as well? Or will the OEM ones hold up ok??

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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-18-2002, 02:06 PM
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The uppers should be fine... (and are a lot harder than the lowers to swap too).
post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-18-2002, 02:30 PM
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I'd consider it a must on the rear lowers.

I have the Global West lowers now (spherical front bushings, del-a-lum rears) : best arms on the market (IMHO). The spherical bushings in them are starting to loosen up slightly and make a little rattling noise (after 15K or so miles) but it's very livable.

Before that, I had the Hotchkis lowers. They also worked fine, and are a HUGE upgrade over stock (regardless of the rear swaybar issue). As long as you keep them well lubed, the Hotchkis arms are QUIETER than stock (bushings are silent, and no creaking/popping like I occasionally got with stock lower).

The lower arm offerings from J&M, Metco, and BMR are also nice. I'd have no problem putting ANY of them on a car that I was gonna drive...HARD. "Bang for the Buck" champ right now is the BMR arms.

As for the uppers, I still have stock uppers (with 96K fairly hard miles on them)....they are getting a bit worn on the bushings, but otherwise are fine. I'll eventually swap them (have a set of Metco adjustables sitting in the garage), but it's not a mustdorightnowtomakecardrivable kinda thing [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-18-2002, 08:37 PM
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Sounds good guys..thanks for the info...

Dave
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