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Old 02-06-2008, 04:26 PM   #1
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wanna make a sway bar but have a question

Ok so i wanna make a rear sway bar for my car. an i was wondering is it made out of just regular steel or do i need to make it out of high strength steel.


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sway bar or strut bar?
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umm, I'd go high strength, but why the heck would you make one yourself?
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sway bar.
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umm, I'd go high strength, but why the heck would you make one yourself?
B/c i can make one for like 30 or 40 bucks. instead of buying one for like $130 (progressive)
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You cant tell me you're really THAT cheap. I commend any DIY project for the sake of having fun but this isn't something you can tackle to be honest.

So, so many things determine the metallurgy of the final product, and on top of that the actual resistance to torsion. Although I will say the rear bar is very simple, so if you had access to the proper equipment you could make one - no saying that it would have the proper strength.

Addco makes the 28.6mm rear bar that everyone (cfm, steeda, etc) rebadges and sells. Look into specing out ur bar and purchasing it from addco directly.
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Lift a stock rear sway from a boneyard for a couple 20s. It's really tough to manufacture a torsion spring (which is what a rear sway is, essentially) without... well... manufacturing facilities.

Best left to the pros.
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hmm...too bad, i got my roush sway from nthcoast for $40 when they first started the closeout on roush stuff. they've gone up in price since, lol. good luck on making one though, it'd be interesting to hear how it works out.
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Bad bad news... if you don't make it right, (ie out of cold steel), you corner hard once in one direction, and you will BEND THE BAR, -permanently- lopsiding your ride (and putting undue stress on all your tires and suspension) until it gets bent back. Swaybars are made of spring steel and at specific spring rates for a reason.

If you have to ask how to make one, you don't know enough... this is nothing to play around with! For the safety of you, your ride, and everyone around you on the road, don't cheap out on this one, man. A good sway will take care of you and make a difference in your handling that's very worth the money you spend on it.
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4140 forged, heat treated, spring grade, chro-moly is what is generally used for a quality bar. Hope your fabrication skills are better than your metallurgical skills or you could be in for some trouble. You do know that you need to forge the bar ends, right? And inductive heating is preferred as it heat far more evenly.
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