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Postby 80firenza » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:59 pm

Got under my STARFIRE today to get a good look at things and it looks real good minimal rust which is always a plus . Noticed at one time it had a rear sway bar on it so would like to to put one on it , trouble is I can’t find one anywhere it’s hard to believe that of all the sway bars manufactured for cars over the years there aren’t any that can be retrofitted . I don’t want to spend a fortune on a sway bar and I’m already tired of playing the cant find parts for the h body game ! Any leads or help would be appreciated . Thanks
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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby hammerdown7 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:04 pm

I can check with some Cosworth Vega owners that may have parts from parted out cars. Might take a couple of days.

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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby 80firenza » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:45 am

thanks
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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby hammerdown7 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:05 am

Found one in Michigan, email John Cowall at buddyleejjc2@hotmail.com
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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby classic_cruiser » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:22 pm

Does your firenza still have the front stabilizer bars on the lower control arms? I had always heard these cars will handle funny if only the rear or the fronts are installed, not sure how true that is though.
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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby Monza Harry » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:41 pm

classic_cruiser wrote:Does your Firenza still have the front stabilizer bars on the lower control arms? I had always heard these cars will handle funny if only the rear or the fronts are installed, not sure how true that is though.

No the rear bar was optional. The rear bar will make the car more neutral [balanced] than the typical 70's land yacht, or econo-beater, "Funny" definitely by modern standards [especially with the "Bias ply Tires" of the period]. A rear only combo should be scoped out very carefully, that will be a very tail happy :burn: car in a panic stop/turn. If you update your user profile we maybe able to help you locate a bar nearby to you. I will have to check to see if I have any duplicates. Harry
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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby 80firenza » Wed May 01, 2019 6:56 am

thanks guys for checking im in saratoga springs ny .not sure if it has the front stabilizers .it did have a rear sway bar at on time there is still a broken piece of it bolted to the control arm.
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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby hammerdown7 » Wed May 01, 2019 7:53 am

If it had a rear one it at least had a front one. Can you take a picture of the part left on the rear control arm, it is very hard to break a sway bar.

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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby 80firenza » Fri May 17, 2019 8:57 pm

i found a rear sway bar and installed it tonight thanks for the replies .the firenza package included a rear sway bar but it was broken .only a small piece was remaining on the control arm. it broke right at the curve where the rear bolt went through.sorry i didnt get a pic before i tossed the piece.
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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby Kenova » Sun May 19, 2019 1:32 pm

80firenza wrote: it broke right at the curve where the rear bolt went through.


I had one break in the same spot. Luckily I received a few spares when I bought the Vega.

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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby tkordick » Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:12 pm

Does anyone have the overall width dimension for the front and rear sway bars? Or pictures of the originals?

After reviewing several posts and seeing the hassles other are having trying to find one I am wondering if other vehicles may work. Has anyone tried a bar from a S-10?

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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby cosvega76 » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:08 am

I believe that Jeff Schwartz used a Blazer rear bar on the Flyin' Turd. You'd have to fab your own frame brackets for the links. I think Jeff used rod ends for the links.


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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby cjbiagi » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:29 am

The S10 used rear leaf springs so no lower control arms to bolt the bar too. That is why you would need to fab up brackets and end links.
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Re: Rear sway bar

Postby hammerdown7 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:32 pm

It's much easier to mount a stock or aftermarket bar for an h-body than try to make something else work. And if you don't have a front bar you'll have a tail-happy car no matter which rear bar you use.

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