Proud 97(.5) GM GS Owner
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: South Jersey - Philly suburbs
Re: Sway bar question
I am concerned that it seems that the retrofit to the 97 will only work for the rear, and I don't want to beef up the rear and leave the front either without a sway bar, or with a smaller, unmatched one.
Does anyone know if there is an aftermarket bolton heavy duty front sway bar?
I once threw a set of sway bars on a carburetted 76 VW Rabbit with a tuned mainjet and exhaust set up, and with the sway bars, I could tailgate some pretty expensive and powerful sports cars in the mountains in Vermont, given the handling and the little extra bit of power. Made it a real sleeper on winding roads...so I would not be surprised to see a considerable improvement in the GM's handling, which isn't bad now for such a big car. Even at the point of breakaway, it is responsive to braking and the throttle, and not prone to suddenly want to do a full 180. Kind of funny, though, testing the cornering limits on a two ton car.
I will say that loading up a full sized steel wheel spare, a heavy toolbox and a full sized floor jack and jack stands in the trunk, made a significant difference in the handling in the snow last week. I probably have an extra 200 to 300 lbs. over the rear axle, and the rear end has a solid feel in corners, rather than the kind of balloony, ready to change directions kind of feel it had when the trunk was empty. Not as good as a sway bar and/or trac-lock, but beats spinning (either the wheels or the body) in the snow.