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Mar 14 update: 36" and 45" bars are now available to be pinned both ends (no splined end). The hardware package will include two smooth ID, CNC drilled couplers and three 1/4" roll pins (two for the bar and one for you to lose under your toolbox), along with a quality 1/4" split point jobber drill. The roll pins are strong and secure but can be removed using a punch and hammer. Pins have been used on one end of our sway bars for over 10 years with zero failures. They provide a significant cost benefit over splining.
Available 36″ and 45″ wide, but can be cut down (with a hack saw) to any length. The bar is ¾” diameter 4142 heat treated, cold finished. Both ends get securely drilled/pinned (drill included) with a 1/4" rolled spring pin and/or welded (optional) into a coupler which welds to the arms. The laser-cut, 3/8″ thick arms are 8″, 12" or 17” center-to-center. 12" arms are available with a 3/4" hole for the bar to slip through, if you want to mount the arms inboard of the bar mounts. Urethane bushings isolate the sway bar inside the outer tube, or you can use pillow block bearings to hold the bar under the frame. Adjustable rod ends connect the arms to the tabs that weld to the rear end or frame. Overall length is ¾” longer than the bar length, since the 3/8″ arms mount outside the ends of the bar. The arms can be bent to clear the coil-overs or for front tire clearance.
How To Order:
Please select from the following options when building your sway bar kit, and starting at the top of the "Add-On" list to the right, check off the various options you'd like. The base price is for the couplers, rod ends, and hardware only.
If you'd rather order over the phone, please call us toll free at 1-888-648-2150. We can walk you through the various options. Every sway bar order is reviewed, and if we see something that looks off, we'll contact you about it.
First, choose the length of sway bar you require. Then choose the length of arms. Work your way down the list, selecting how you want to mount the outer tube and arms.
This is the basic hardware package that comes with every kit. For the heavy tube option, larger bushings will be substituted. For the "splined both ends" kits, two splined couplers will be included. Rod ends are PTFE lined, made in the USA. Bushings now come with the tube option instead of the hardware package.
Sway Bar Mounting Options
Upper Coilover Mount:
Formed tabs weld to the outer tube and connect the bar to the rear crossmember using your 5/8" coil-over bolts (not included). Requires 1-3/8" dia outer tube.
Lower Axle Bracket Mount:
A 10 ga formed bracket bolts to the lower coil over holes in the four link axle bracket and mounts the tube tucked nicely under the axle bracket. Holes are 5/8" dia on 1" centers. Requires 1-3/8" dia outer tube. With this option, the arms would attach to the bottom of your frame rail ahead of or behind the axle.
Under Frame Mount:
These plates have two 3/8" mounting holes, with the opposite end designed to weld to the outer tube. With this option, the sway bar can be mounted underneath the frame rails ahead of or behind the axle. We have weld-in threaded bungs and hardware available to fasten the plate, if required. 1" from the top of the outer tube to the mounting hole centerline. Requires 1-3/8" or 1-5/8" dia outer tube.
Heavy Tube Crossmember:
Available 43" long for the 45" sway bar, this 1-5/8" x .188" wall tube can be used as a rear frame crossmember to mount your coilovers. It is designed to go through the frame rails, with the sway bar arms outside the rails. No frame mounting tabs are included. The hardware package is the same as our standard trim to fit kits, except it substitutes the larger #1205 bushings. Our #18600 is a good option for the coilover mounts - check it out in the related parts. If you order the 36" kit and select the option for the heavy tube crossmember, you will receive a 36" long sway bar with a 43" long outer tube that you can trim to fit.
Three pairs of 3/16" thick tabs connect the sway bar outer tube to your 1-1/2" OD frame crossmember tube. Two pairs are mounted on the front of the tube and one pair is mounted on the rear in order to prevent the sway bar tube from rotating on the mounting bolt centerline if all three pairs were mounted in a row. Includes all necessary grade 5 zinc plated hardware. Requires 1-3/8" dia outer tube.
Pillow Block Bearing Mount
If you want to mount your sway bar underneath the frame using pillow blocks, here is the option for you. Select "no outer tube" and "no outer tube mounts". These bearing mounts have set screws at 12:00 and 3:00 to keep the bar from moving side to side. Just use a drill bit to create a small divot for a more secure connection. They will accept some misalignment as the bearing is mounted in a rounded cage and will pivot.
If your unboxed frame is already painted and you want a bolt-on kit, please see the related parts below for a bolt-on pillow block bracket.
Two pillow block bearings are supplied. For mounting hardware options, see below.
Pillow Block Mounting Hardware
Option A: 3/8-16 nylok nuts for mounting to an unboxed frame rail where you have access to the nuts. Includes two pillow block bearings.
Option B: 3/8-16 threaded bungs to weld into a boxed frame rail. Includes two pillow block bearings and lock washers.
Option C: 3/8-16 tab weld nuts to weld inside the frame rail before boxing. Includes two pillow block bearings and lock washers.
Arm Mounting Options:
Axle Bracket Tabs
Designed to mount the heim joints to 3" axle tubes. 10 ga. 3/8" hole.
Frame Mounting Tabs, 11/16"
These 3/16" thick tabs will mount the heim joints nice and close to your frame rail. 3/8" hole.
Long Frame Mount Tabs
If you need some more distance between the arm and the frame rail, these 3/16" tabs tabs might be the solution. 4" from the frame edge to the 3/8" hole center.
Control Arm Tabs
Typically used to mount the heim joints to a 1" dia tubular lower control arm. 3/16" thick, 3/8" hole. Also available for 1-1/4" and 1-5/8" tubing.
Quick release pins are also available so you can disconnect the sway bar arms easily. We suggest using them on the axle end because the heim joint is captured between the two axle tabs, and it can't slide along the pin.
Installation article on the 2011 NSRA giveaway car:https://www.welderseries.com/2011/04/13/sway-bar-install-on-nsra-33-giveaway/
Installation pictures (1964 Comet): www.welderseries.com/how-to-articles/sway-bar-install-total-performance-64-comet/
Installation pictures (1955 Ford): www.welderseries.com/how-to-articles/sway-bar-install-jh-restorations/
Click here for installation instructions.
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Sway Bar Crossmember Video:
WS22740, WS22738A, WS22700
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