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Rear Sway bar

Postby HenryJ » Sat Nov 30, 2002 5:22 pm

So...How many have installed the rear sway bar?

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Here is complete parts list for sway bar assembly.

Rear Sway Bar#15957475

Bushing#15697706-Qty-2

Bracket#15697708-Qty.-2

Clamp#15697709-Qty.-2

U Bolt#15152683-Qty.-2

Link Bolts#11508696-Qty.1(sold by the pack.)

Link Nuts#10255857-Qty.1(sold by the pack.)

Nut-Hex#11508101-Qty.1(sold by the pack.)

Link Asm#15697702-Qty.-2

Link Bracket#15989671-Qty.-1

Link Bracket#15989672-Qty.-1



These parts are availiable from gmpartsdirect.com

I am just waiting on the sway bar.


I haven't seen Patrick posting here. And there isn't much info on this mod.

After installing my new rear shocks first, and the fronts later. The rears made a HUGE difference in handling and the fronts helped but not as noticeably. Obviously improvements are needed for our rear suspension.

It got me to thinking...the rear sway bar must have been a really big improvement in handling, for those who have done it.

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Postby Jim » Mon Dec 02, 2002 7:24 am

I only drove my truck 3 weeks before I installed the bar, it's hard to tell how much better it drives. The wheel spacers even seemed to help. I always thought the tires felt under inflated even with 35 psi. in them. Now I have 16 x 8" wheels & 235-70x16 Yokohama Geolanders on. That was the best move for handling. Those Goodyears were squared off on the edges like old bias ply tires.

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Postby a2b » Tue Dec 03, 2002 9:11 pm

jim you have a great dig camera! i want one. i might be putting in that sway bar myself, was it that big of a difference brule?
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Postby HenryJ » Tue Dec 03, 2002 10:16 pm

I didn't do the sway bar. I was just thinking those who did must feel like they are on rails in the corners :thumb:

Shocks is all I've done to improve the handling , so far. I'm still needing the articulation more than the cornering abilities.

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Postby Jim » Wed Dec 04, 2002 6:14 am

a2b wrote:i might be putting in that sway bar myself, was it that big of a difference brule?
Hobie you will have to come up with some kind of quick disconnect link or you won't be able to do this.

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Postby a2b » Wed Dec 04, 2002 11:24 am

:lol: very true, people on the trail are always impressed by my rear :lol:
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Postby Conman » Wed Dec 04, 2002 3:26 pm

a2b wrote::lol: very true, people on the trail are always impressed by my rear :lol:




A few mags say the same thing.



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Postby Justin » Wed Dec 04, 2002 6:57 pm

hey hobie, throw some of these on and your rear will flex alot more!!!! probably to the point where you will break something



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Postby Justin » Wed Dec 04, 2002 6:58 pm

what the hell..still cant get the image right



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Postby a2b » Wed Dec 04, 2002 7:46 pm

yes i have seen those and think they are very very scaarry!!!! :?:
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Postby Conman » Wed Dec 04, 2002 8:13 pm

a2b wrote:yes i have seen those and think they are very very scaarry!!!! :?:






Yeah, those are only good for the real hardcore rock crawlers and not recommended for daily drivers.



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Rear Swaybar

Postby 24digger » Wed Dec 18, 2002 7:51 pm

Jim, did you have to weld or bolt a bracket to the frame, to mount the upper connection ends? I may have found a used one but they say a bracket will have to be welded on for it to work.
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Postby Jim » Wed Dec 18, 2002 8:11 pm

Blazers have the brackets welded to the crossmember ours are bolted to the shock mounts. See my previous post for the pic.
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Postby 24digger » Wed Dec 18, 2002 8:14 pm

That's what I thought from your pics but couldn't tell for sure. Thanks
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Postby Jim » Thu Dec 19, 2002 8:38 am

24digger wrote:That's what I thought from your pics but couldn't tell for sure. Thanks




The red circles are where you need to drill holes (make a template out of cardboard using the bracket) one hole is hard to get to I used a 12" long 3/8 " Bit. The bracket is outlined in red.



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Postby Conman » Thu Dec 19, 2002 10:55 am

JCW sell a brand called Helliwig(something like that) that says they have a rear swaybar for the s10. Don't know if you have to drill but it's a complete kit. I'll look tonight and get the part number.



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Postby 24digger » Sun Jun 01, 2003 8:07 pm

Jim Wrote
The red circles are where you need to drill holes (make a template out of cardboard using the bracket) one hole is hard to get to I used a 12" long 3/8 " Bit. The bracket is outlined in red.

Do you still have this picture? It doesn't come up on my computer any more. The rear sway bar I got doesn't have this bracket, so I'm going to have to order them.
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Postby Conman » Mon Jun 02, 2003 7:40 am

He emailed me the pics the other day. I'll upload them to my yahoo photos and share them out. I'll update the post later today.



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Re: This is Mainly for Jim

Postby Jim » Mon Jun 02, 2003 8:23 am

24digger wrote:Jim Wrote
The red circles are where you need to drill holes (make a template out of cardboard using the bracket) one hole is hard to get to I used a 12" long 3/8 " Bit. The bracket is outlined in red.

Do you still have this picture? It doesn't come up on my computer any more. The rear sway bar I got doesn't have this bracket, so I'm going to have to order them.


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Re: This is Mainly for Jim

Postby Conman » Mon Jun 02, 2003 10:00 am

Jim wrote:
24digger wrote:Jim Wrote
The red circles are where you need to drill holes (make a template out of cardboard using the bracket) one hole is hard to get to I used a 12" long 3/8 " Bit. The bracket is outlined in red.

Do you still have this picture? It doesn't come up on my computer any more. The rear sway bar I got doesn't have this bracket, so I'm going to have to order them.


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Thanks Jim! How long did it take you to install the sway bar?



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Re: This is Mainly for Jim

Postby Jim » Mon Jun 02, 2003 2:52 pm

Conman wrote:
Thanks Jim! How long did it take you to install the sway bar?



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About an hour to drill the holes, an hour to install, 2 hrs to paint & detail it to my standards.

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Postby 24digger » Mon Jun 02, 2003 6:52 pm

Thanks Jim I definetly don't have those brackets, I'll need to order those.
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Postby green02crew » Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:05 pm

What about the rear sway bar from the 2 door Blazers?
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This has a different setup but I don't see why it wouldn't fit. Enlighten me please.
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Postby HenryJ » Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:33 pm

green02crew wrote:What about the rear sway bar from the 2 door Blazers?
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This has a different setup but I don't see why it wouldn't fit. Enlighten me please.
ebay ad wrote:THIS DOES NOT FIT ON TRUCKS!
A TRUCK REAR SWAY BAR MOUNTS BEHIND THE REAR END


We have a fuel tank forward of the rear axle. Blazers tank is behind.

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Postby green02crew » Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:02 am

Would it hit the tank with articulation?
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Postby 04crewvt » Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:41 am

What part of DOES NOT FIT TRUCKS is giving you a problem. Spend the extra money and get the one made for the trucks you will save yourself a lot of headaches.
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Postby Jim » Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:51 am

04crewvt wrote:What part of DOES NOT FIT TRUCKS is giving you a problem. Spend the extra money and get the one made for the trucks you will save yourself a lot of headaches.

Get A ZQ8 truck bar or a Blazer/Bravada 4 door bar these fit. You need the pickup brackets the Blazer/Bravada brackets are welded on.
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Postby HenryJ » Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:36 am

green02crew wrote:Would it hit the tank with articulation?
It will not install unless you remove your fuel tank.

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Postby green02crew » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:33 am

Wow I got some people worked up didn't I! I was just wondering why it wouldn't fit. I am not able to go look at one hence the curiosity. Thank you for the information though HJ, I am glad to have learned!
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Postby Horsehammerr » Fri Jul 03, 2009 1:51 am

Got my ZQ8 rear sway bar installed, 1 1/2 hours, who needs paint, I mean you gotta lay down on your back to see it any way. After new tires with Dyna Beads, Monroe front steering stabilizer, ZQ8 rear sway bar, solid '99 rear bump stops on the front and hollows on the rear, speedo recalibrated for $15.00 and front end aligned, this is the real deal ! I don't know how many have driven a good Semi tractor but the stability of that ride is now in my little "Cruise Cab" . :D 8)
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Re: Rear Sway bar

Postby HenryJ » Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:57 pm

Dusting this one off from way back!
So how did your rear sway bar work out :)

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Re: Rear Sway bar

Postby jedthrocornpone » Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:02 pm

I know I know I said id throw up pics.......
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Re: Rear Sway bar

Postby jedthrocornpone » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:04 pm

So going from this
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to this
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Seemed like no big deal....and for me it wasn't, load on 4 peoples gear/clothes/food and a roof top tent.... things may have got a little "boat-ish"
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Crank it up to 75+mph sprinkle in some offset expansion joints and just crummy road surfaces and I got a little white knuckle, a couple times..

I know the rear suspension was compliant....it was Cadillac like, real smooth. wife hated it so a sway bar was in our future..... got to my Families house in Denver and went to work.

used a piece of square tubing, 2 different styles of channel from Home Depot
scavenged 3 different sway bars and 2 styles of clamps along with some end links from FNJEEP in Colorado springs for $25
And a bunch of nuts bolts and fasteners from Murdock's(sp?) a farm and ranch store we don't have in Oregon

ran the square tube like a cross member, inside the rear portion of the upper shock mount. welded on some light channel for the bushings
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brother in law had some old end links, he should have thrown out years ago that worked great, a couple washers to space the links out a short piece of heavy channel fit right over my flipped U-bolts and lined up well enough.
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The bar said 85 wagoner in paint pen, I'm assuming it came from the front but I'm not sure. It is working like a charm. feels a lot like it did IFS with the giant front sway bar still connected.

all in all its nice to not have the boat like roll.... so I'm leaving it on. I am however going to work on some disconnects because off road its a neck snapper
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