To hold the sway bar in place to decide on its correct placement, I used jack stands under the bar and bailing wire to complete a mock up of the sway bar’s finished position.
- At this point, I lined up the bar’s center to the frame’s center. I used jack stands to mock up the placement of the bar. To hold the end up, I wired them temporarily in place with bailing wire. If your car’s frame is perfect and wheels and tires are stock configuration you will not need to be a paranoid as I was that day. I know my frame is off, I have large tires and off seed Rally wheels.
- With the bar mocked up, I turn the front wheels right and left from lock to lock to check to see if my over-sized tires rub the bar. That is why I used the old round 20-pound weights, so I could turn the front wheels back and forth without lowering the car and then to have to jack it back up. I had to custom place the bar a little off center to stop massive rubbing. Even with the custom placement, I can not stop the front tires from rubbing on the bar. I made happy medium and went on with my project. Later, I put narrower tires on the front that solved the slight rubbing problem during full lock turns. Also when I put disc brakes on the front the upgrade will move the wheels out a ½“ or more.
- The end links are attached to the lower control arms using an elbow bracket. With original trifive a frames the elbow bracket may be bolted on, whereas if the car has been upgraded to
- The bar center to the frame. Mark both the frame and the bar with tape in exact center and lign up the bar to the frame. It is important that the front tires are on the the ground with the suspension at its ride height when marking location on the lower control arms.
- A way to check to see if you have the bar forward and rearward in relation to the car is to make the bar clear the front mount for the radiator core support by ¾” .
- With the frame all measured and marked correctly, drill two holes to install the square U-bolts on both sides.
- Bolt the bar into place.
- Hook up the end links