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Sway Bar End Links

SimsBJ8

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While replacing the sway bar end link bushings on my ’67 BJ8, I found a setup that I cannot find any reference to. It has a 7/8 sway bar with end links that have compression springs that appear to be adjustable; see below picture.

Has anyone seen this setup before? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

I would think the spring end links would cushion the stiff 7/8 sway bar during casual driving and during hard turns would fully compress and allow the stiff sway bar to take over, maybe a little more roll going into a turn, but less of a roll throughout a turn. Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Bob
 

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Keoke

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Re: Sway Bar - End Links, information

Nope !
Not me???
 

John Turney

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Re: Sway Bar - End Links, information

I can't think of a reason to do that unless they thought the 7/8" bar was too stiff. I have a 7/8" bar and I have regular end links (sort of). The stock end links aren't really strong enough for a 7/8" bar.
 

steveg

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Re: Sway Bar - End Links, information

Two-stage sway bar, eh?

The lower coil springs look pretty wimpy. On a turn, the sway bar would compress them as far as they would go. Are they trying to make a 7/8" bar less able to resist a turn - like a stock bar?
 

BoyRacer

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It's ridiculous. The springs render it useless for its intended purpose.
 

Madflyer

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I agree also it lost any point of being. When I would go to SCCA races hard turns would lift inside wheel, less rubber on the road. Madflyer
 

BigGreen

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And an other one


Front Bar with Spring.jpg
 

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John Turney

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Looks like they used a long bolt instead of the standard link. Because mine is lowered and has a 7/8” bar, I also used long bolts, but with a length of 1/8” steel pipe between the ends to achieve the proper spacing.
 

Hangtown Healey

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Addco used to sell them. I put them on in the 70's when I was autocrossing regularly, but I went back to solid links.
 

Hangtown Healey

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It was a long time ago. I think I didn't really notice a change in the straight ahead ride quality. My attempt at moving the steering box up and down was more successful on bump steer as I recall.
 
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