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Old 02-13-2010, 01:18 PM   #1
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Installing Sway Bars Only......

I just traded in my 2LT for a 2SS and it sure looks to me that the SS comes lower from the factory then the LT. That being said, would there be a noticeable differance in the handling of the car if I were to just install and set of performance front and rear sway bars and leave the stock coils alone?
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:23 PM   #2
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In short....yes. But do a search and you will find that there are a ton of members who have installed just sways and absolutely love them.
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Old 02-13-2010, 02:47 PM   #3
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Hi Rich,

Certainly you will notice a huge difference in the handling characteristics, by installing a matched set of front and rear sways, with out the addition of drop coils. As SSOOCH stated above, many people have done this on this forum and absolutely love the set up. The sway bars will mostly affect the balance between front and rear roll resistance and grip levels, no matter what spring/tire/wheel set up you are running. This is why Pfadt provides and adjustable rear sway bar for precisely these conditions. When and if you upgrade the coil springs, or make the move to coilovers, you will still be able to dial in the balance that you desired previously.

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Old 02-13-2010, 04:51 PM   #4
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I have a set of the Pfadt bars on my car. Made a BIG difference in the handling. Easy to install, and unsurpassed quality.
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Waiting for my Pfadt sway bars to come in. Everything that I have been reading, cant wait.
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:28 PM   #6
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I just traded in my 2LT for a 2SS and it sure looks to me that the SS comes lower from the factory then the LT. That being said, would there be a noticeable differance in the handling of the car if I were to just install and set of performance front and rear sway bars and leave the stock coils alone?
Thx.................Rich
Factory cars are simply not set up for performance drivers, for a variety of reasons. Any upgrades you make to the suspension will be noticeable in a positive way, and there's no reason why you can't do sway bars to start, and add other components in the future.

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Old 02-15-2010, 02:42 PM   #7
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+1. This is exactly what I will be doing. I understand the performance aspect of dropping the car, but I just don't want to lose the ride height. Going to be adding sways as soon as I'm done with the aesthetic mods.

edit: hopefully by then there were be more than a few companies offering all their suspension parts. I HATE mixing and matching when it comes to suspension (for the sake of a part not being out instead of a performance benefit) :(
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Old 02-15-2010, 02:50 PM   #8
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Factory cars are simply not set up for performance drivers, for a variety of reasons. Any upgrades you make to the suspension will be noticeable in a positive way, and there's no reason why you can't do sway bars to start, and add other components in the future.

I like Hotchkis ,I'm on the verge of ordering your "track pack". When installing the sways, do you have to remove any exhaust parts? How long do they take to install? American made still?
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I like Hotchkis ,I'm on the verge of ordering your "track pack". When installing the sways, do you have to remove any exhaust parts? How long do they take to install? American made still?
Always American made!

You don't need to disconnect any exhaust parts, although you will need to raise the engine slightly.

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Old 02-15-2010, 10:49 PM   #10
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NICe. how far exactly win the engine need to be lifted? Are there any torque specs for retightening engine mounts and or the specs on the sway bar bolts?
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