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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:22 pm    Post subject:  Rear Sway Bar / End Link Upgrade Reply with quote

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Is there an upgraded end link available? I've seen them with grease fittings. The MOOG end link seems to be more robust. Any thoughts? Also, are urethane insulators available for the sway bar?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:06 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

MOOG sells heavy duty greasable endlinks. I had them on my car and never had an issue with them. You can get a poly bushing for the rear sway bar, but you have to shave it to fit the bracket as there is no direct fit part available.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:04 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I put the GMPP sway into the rear, not sure if that is larger diameter than the LS Sport equipment or not.

As far as sways, I went with the Moogs because they include grease fittings (ie serviceable part). Think they were about 20 bucks a side.

Do you have a rear STB yet? That'll make substantial improvements and I'd sooner recommend that than Poly Swaybar mounts.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the info guys. Yes, I have the rear STB already. Wow, what a difference that made!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:56 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I purchased the MOOG endlinks AND an ADDCO 639 (7/8") solid rear sway bar. I'll update when I have them installed!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Id be interested to know how much understeer is decreased. Keep us posted.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I don't know that the sway bar end links and bushings on their own make a huge difference in the handling traits of the car, but I was glad to get rid of the pencil thin end links and replace them with something beefier that won't rust through.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I don't know that the sway bar end links and bushings on their own make a huge difference in the handling traits of the car, but I was glad to get rid of the pencil thin end links and replace them with something beefier that won't rust through.


He's also installing "ADDCO 639 (7/8") solid rear sway bar."
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It makes a huge difference. I don't know if you can put a percent improvement with it, but I can tell you when I upgraded to the GMPP sway bars, it was easily the biggest bang for the buck mod I ever did on the Monte.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:39 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I've never heard of the Addco bar?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I've never heard of the Addco bar?


It has been around for a while, but the quality of the item is hit or miss. Some people have no problem with them, but some people find they don't fit correctly.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:03 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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It makes a huge difference. I don't know if you can put a percent improvement with it, but I can tell you when I upgraded to the GMPP sway bars, it was easily the biggest bang for the buck mod I ever did on the Monte.
Are these like the sway bars that come standard on a police car? GARY

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:08 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The Addco bar is thicker than the GMPP/Police Package sway bar (19mm). They are both considerably beefier than the stock sway bar.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:55 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I put the GMPP sway into the rear, not sure if that is larger diameter than the LS Sport equipment or not.

As far as sways, I went with the Moogs because they include grease fittings (ie serviceable part). Think they were about 20 bucks a side.

Do you have a rear STB yet? That'll make substantial improvements and I'd sooner recommend that than Poly Swaybar mounts.


LS Sport had the same suspensions as LS models did. Yeah it would have been cool to get some upgraded springs or sways, but they didnt.

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I don't know that the sway bar end links and bushings on their own make a huge difference in the handling traits of the car, but I was glad to get rid of the pencil thin end links and replace them with something beefier that won't rust through.


The end links arent really subjected to twisting or anything, just pushing and pulling so beefier end links wont make much of any difference.

Not sure how yours could rust through but weird things happen. Laughing

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Not sure how yours could rust through but weird things happen. Laughing


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