Article description: by Enderwiggenau
Category: Suspension & Steering
Date added: Aug 11 2008, 06:53 PM
Article starter: Joshua
If you are not too worried about drilling holes then mounting a front sway
bar is a simple way to beef up the feel in the steering, and make the handling
much more responsive. All you need is a drill and two spanners to get the job
First, take a good look at your front suspension. The mounting
hole in the lower control arm is easy to find. At this stage, unless your car
has been fitted with a sway bar before, there will be no holes in the rear arm.
If there are, then get bolting, you don't need my help.
Now, insert the spindles, with appropriate bushings, from behind
over the top of the lower control arm and into the mounting holes. I recommend
using Urethane bushings but you may prefer a less solid rubber bush for a little
movement. Put the lower bushing and nut on, and leave loose so that the bar can
be moved up and down slightly.
Using the bracket and rear bush, push the bar into place and mark the
positions for the mounting holes on the rear arm with a silver or white marker
pen. You can also place grease on the tips of the U-bolt and push it through the
bracket to mark the exact centre of the hole position. Be careful here, as you
must not put these holes too close to the edges of the rear arm. Just try to get
the bracket as central as possible on the under side of the arm.
Using a hole punch or a heavy nail, punch the centre of the mark to help
locate the tip of the drill. If you just try to drill the hole it may skate
across the surface of the arm. Carefully drill the holes. Good job. Now lightly
grease the rear bushes, and bolt up the brackets. Lastly, tighten all the front
nuts in the lower control arm. You now have a front sway bar and a much better
handling Torana. Special thanks Pedders Campbelltown (NSW) for their help.
FYI, here are some pics of a rear mounted sway bar.
Mounting A Front Sway Bar