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donivan65
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Rear Sway Bar

Post by donivan65 on Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:49 pm

I got this rear sway bar off a 83 Firebird. It looks like it has the potential for mounting on vans. It has 2 U bolts that hold it on the rear end and 2 brackets that mount the links to the frame. So drill 4 holes in the frame and you are done. But you probably need to make a couple of adjustments to mount it. My van is jacked up so I need longer links or have to build some brackets to reach down from the frame to mount that link bracket.















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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by Guest on Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:46 am

Ohh interesting. That IS very close.. Nice find. Very Happy
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by savage on Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:08 am

Looks like a real good fit Don. They have a 1/2 price day at the pick a part(sure wish they do that here)
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by ViewMaster on Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:04 am

That looks great Don! That would help a lot with passengers eyes opening so wide when there is 4 of them in the back and taking a curve.
Again a great fix to one of our obsolete problems.


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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by donivan65 on Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:58 am

There is one Pick a Part and 3 Ecology yards along the Mexican Border by me. The Pick a Part usually has a 1/2 price each month. This sway bar should fit any van with a little work..... and there is that damn core charge,,,,,


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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by itruns on Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:19 pm

Nice find Don.

Damn, they whack you almost another 20% on the core charge. BASTARDS!
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Post by Vanish on Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:10 pm

Don..... Fits like a Glove ....... Nice........


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Post by DanTheVanMan on Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:18 am

Nice find Don. and a great fit too.... cheers


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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by donivan65 on Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:08 am

Made some extensions for the links,,,,,made a big difference in handling,,,,my van is jacked up in back and I got to travel windy, winding mountain roads out here,,,,,I should of done this a long time ago,,,,,,,









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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by wylee on Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:11 am

very ,very cool!! great job. thanks for posting .

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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by crazee on Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:23 am

SURE WOULD make a great sticky in the "G VAN" section huh?
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by 64vanatic on Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:41 pm

how long are the end links on that?
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by donivan65 on Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:23 pm

Since I have the rear end of my van raised up, I used a 10 inch long, 3/8" carriage bolt and cut a 5 3/4" section out of 1/2" solid conduit tubing to make the center spacer,,,,you kind of want to have the sway bar ends sit level with the ground for best performance........
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by BvrWally on Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:12 am

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1982-1983-84-92-PONTIAC-FIREBIRD-TRANS-AM-REAR-SWAY-BAR_W0QQitemZ150077875582QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item22f156a57e&_trksid=p4506.m20.l1116
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by 64vanatic on Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:27 pm

i need o hit the scrap yard and try to find one.
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by dix on Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:59 pm

AFTER SEEING THIS POST A FEW WEEKS AGO I STARTED LOOKING ON CRAIGSLIST ONLY TO FIND SOMEONE GIVING ONE AWAY . HE REPLACED HIS REAR-END SO HE ENDED UP WITH ONE ON THE NEW REAR-END!! ( NEW END LINKS WERE $ 7.00EA) THE SWAY BAR WAS ALSO ON THE 85 I-ROC.
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by 64chevy on Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:59 pm

As I found out at last months Pick-A-Part 1/2 price sale those 3rd gen (83-93) Firebird and Camaro's sway bars come in several diameters. From the look of Don's he has the TransAm one which is also the largest.



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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by donivan65 on Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:36 pm

23mm????? talk American, Joe,,,,,,,,,,
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by itruns on Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:29 pm

Half way between 7/8" and 15/16"
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by panelmanrd on Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:50 pm

I have a rear sway bar from an f250 ford pick up and the diam is
about the same size, haven`t measured it but mounts the very same
but without the frame brackets. maybe the f350 truck would be even bigger?

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Post by Guest on Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:36 pm

Cool idea for a simple mod on rear sway bar! Hmm, so that were meant for early chevy vans? Donivan65... tell me, did your van come with rear tire that way by the factory originally? Or was that another one of your little mods Laughing ?

The brackets you made to fasten on frame with the sway bar - to me, the brackets seem not strong enough by the look. Were they enough to take up all the stress? scratch
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by donivan65 on Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:53 pm

The Chevy Vans did not come with rear sway bars, and most did not with front ones either, basically just the passenger carrying, SportVans. And they good to have if you carry anything to improve handling. I just seen that a Firebird kind of had the same shape of what would fit under my truck. My Van is jacked up in back, so I had to make those extended brackets to mount the links to. They are 3/16" thick and wrap around the frame,,,,all they got to do is pull and push on those links, and so far no problems,,,,,but if they do bend, I will make them out of 1/4" flat stock. And since the body is raised up back there, my 15" spare tire fits right above the differential. It is out of my way,,,,,,I would have to undo the u bolts on the driveshaft and move it over to the side to drop the spare down. But it is worth not tripping over or seeing that spare tire always hanging around,,,,,
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by mbasaraba on Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:16 am

Dredging up an old post, hope you dont mind.

I want to ask about the mechanics behind this sway bar. Since Tammy will be driving her 66 as a daily with her and 4 kids I want to get it as stable as possible. Junk yards here in Alabama suck! I have gone to a couple and they say "Tell us what you need and we will see if we have it" then they charge part store prices.

I am wondering if this could be made more like a link than a full bar. Have the part that mounts to the frame similar but on the rear end mount fashion a mount like a shock mount with a piece of tubing with a bushing and a bolt through it.

Does it have to be a solid bar running the width of the rear end?

I am also thinking about this kind of link for the front end since our Sportvan doesn't have a front sway and it would need to be dropped for a dual master cylinder anyways.
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by panelmanrd on Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:41 pm

I have seen ones on mid/late 80s to early 90s ford
3/4 ton trucks that clamp to the rear axle housing
similar to a muffler clamp and then used link kits
up to the frame, very basic and simple to adapt.
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Re: Rear Sway Bar

Post by Lazarusvan on Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:36 pm

Just pulling this thread up since it hasn't been discussed for a while. Digz mentioned his rear sway bar and thought this would be a nice addition for anyone looking to put in a rear sway bar since factory examples never existed. It also answers my question on what else works, at least in the same family of cars.

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