01-03-2013, 04:53 PM
Drives: 2001 Camaro 3.8
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Continental Ohio
Been emailing Sam Strano. Here is what he said about the sway bars.
From: Derek Simon [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 8:25 PM
Subject: Sway bar size questions
I have a really quick question. Ive been looking all over the internet including your site for a good setup on my V6, 28mm and 15mm is stock for my 01 V6. I have relative stock suspension except a STB, SFCs, and LCAs & PHR. Ive read on V6 camaro forums that it seems that 32mm and 17/19mm. It seems like everyone has their own opinions lol. I drag race my car on weekends and like taking corners fast. Not sure if that helps you out much. Any suggestions would be awesome.
Subject: RE: Sway bar size questions
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:04:00 -0500
I run 35/22 hollow bars (fwiw, all GM fronts are already hollow). 32/19 is balance very similarly, but about 30% softer in comparison. Nobody who has switched from the 32/19 to a 35/22 has been sorry they did. Also it might be worth noting that LS1 SS's and WS6's had a rare option called Bilstein Ultra Suspension that had a 35 frotn/21 solid rear as original equipment, so did the SLP built 2001 and 2001 1LE's.
32/19 would be better than stock, I'd never recommend 32/17 that's silly. But if you are going to do it, I'd do the whole deal. And remember a set of bars comes with all new bushings and links... if you get old GM take offs that stuff would cost you some $80 on top of the bar cost and never be as good on roll control.
Sure would.. same chassis and all. What works on the V-8's works on the V-6 (remember your 6 is all cast iron, an LS is all aluminum.. very little actual weight difference. Most all difference is in if you have a 5 speed vs the T56 6 speed. If you have an auto... there is no difference to speak of period.
My bars are a bit more than 20 pounds lighter as the set and cost slightly less to ship. In the end the to the door difference is about $30 between both sets, but you save 20 or more pounds. That's a CHEAP weight savings, nothing else compares to the weight saved for the money.
I carry both because I know that sometimes that $30 matters, but I think it's a bit funny when the price difference is the equivalent of 7.5 gallons of gas, one time and with a tangible savings on weight.
2001 Camaro 3.8 V6
Berger Panel, Cardinal Red Camaro Rear Insert, 10 Spoke SS Wheels, Bowtie Center Caps, BMR Shock Tower Brace, Air Silencer Delete, SLP Lid, K&N Air Filter, Whistler/BLS Headlights, Eaton Limited Slip, UMI Rear LCAs PHB & SFCs, Nitto 555s/Nitto 555R, MT ET Drag Radials, Flowmaster Axle Back Exhaust, Pacesetter Mid-Tube Headers & Y-Pipe, 3'' Exhaust, SS Front & Rear Sway Bars, !EGR, !Cat, Poly Bump Stops.