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Old Today, 12:50 AM   #11
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What are the great results that you all talk about??? i have a pretty much stock suspension except for the QP rear differnetial. Is a rear sway bar really needed????? what would be the benefit of having both front and rear as opposed to just the front????? The engine is not stock its a 283 with a blower and runs well!!!!!!
The great results just about everyone has seen from adding a front sway bar are night and day differences in the way the car handles in even slow corners. They just keep the front end from well, swaying, in corners. The bigger the bar, the less sway you'll have, but if you're running skinny front tires, it might not make sense to spend more money to have a bigger bar.

Personally I wouldn't run anything smaller than 1" on the front of a tri-five...our cars are heavy and relatively tall.

The rear bar will help but it's not as dramatic as the front.

If I were you I'd get a front bar and see how you like it. Nothing stopping you from adding a rear at any point.
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What are the great results that you all talk about??? i have a pretty much stock suspension except for the QP rear differnetial. Is a rear sway bar really needed????? what would be the benefit of having both front and rear as opposed to just the front????? The engine is not stock its a 283 with a blower and runs well!!!!!!
Without a swaybar, my car used to roll like a whale going around corners even at relatively slow speed. After fitting the swaybar, the car corners much flatter without much body roll at all and makes it easier to corner at higher speed. I would say that it’s one of the best handling modifications you can do for a fairly low cost.
A rear bar would show further improvement but not as much gain as fitting the front bar alone.
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I installed a 1 inch cpp front bar. It made a heap of difference. Well worth it.
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The big Hellwig on my car is great.!
Really helps when quickly changing lanes, to avoid running over the Moosetang, I'm about to run over...
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The 3 things that made the biggest improvement to my cars handling was
1) Anti Roll Bar (sway bar)
2) Body Mounts (stiffened up everything, also made a much more comfortable ride!)
3) Lot's of positive caster, shoot for +5 if you have power steering
OK, 4th) Tall ball joint.

All 4 make it handle almost as good as a new car, but still a bit of a rough ride compared to a newer vehicle. The +5 caster makes the wheels lean into the corner making handling better (also helps center the wheel after a turn, or keep it straight on the road). The tall ball joint, well I forget what it does, but it all adds up to the low budget handling package.
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Tony, actually it's not the caster that helps the tire lean better in a turn, it's the camber correction with the taller ball joints. The tires are flatter to the road in a turn with them. The caster helps with straight line stability.
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