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Whiteline rear swaybar mounted on '84 Brat


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#1 edrach

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 12:09 AM

Qman and I mounted the Whiteline rear swaybar to my '84 Brat today. It took a bit of figuring as to the best way to install it, but it's on and doesn't rub anywhere or clunk on anything while I'm driving. I'm writing this up since there were no directions for specific installation on this model Brat and there may be more Brats (or early '80s EA81 models) out there that could use this modification. Once we figured out how to mount it, it took about an hour to complete the job.

The swaybar looks like a large mis-shapen letter "V" and is mounted with the point of the "V" toward the front of the car and hung by u-bolt hangers to the torsion bar. The "V" has a slight bend near the front and that bend needs to be mounted to point upwards (down will cause the bar to rub on the driveshaft). Also, the u-bolt hangers shouldn't point straight down but rotate slightly toward the front of the car to allow the point of the "V" to clear the front of the torsion bar adjuster.

The rest of the installation involved drilling two holes near the lower shock mounts to attach right angle brackets. We mounted the brackets upwards to allow more ground clearance at the end of the links that attach to the ends of the sway bar. Pictures explain this much better than a verbal description. See them at the link below:

http://www.ultimates...ery.php?cat=678

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 12:29 AM

Ed, congrats on the new mod. Looks good, as I'd expect from you and Qman. I'm wondering though, why this is posted in the marketplace? Are you now selling them?

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 12:42 AM

No, because I screwed up; hopefully a moderator can move it back to the Old Gen forum where I thought I put it.

Ed, congrats on the new mod. Looks good, as I'd expect from you and Qman. I'm wondering though, why this is posted in the marketplace? Are you now selling them?



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Posted 25 April 2005 - 01:02 AM

How about your thoughts on the way it handles now :brow: I know when Qman put the rear swaybar on his Brat, there was a distinct difference on cornering.

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 01:09 AM

I haven't put it thru some "vigorous" tests yet. Actually, I wanted the rear 'bar there to help alleviate the significant understeer my Brat exhibits at rallycross events. I seldom push the car that hard on pavement so I might not have a real comparison there.

How about your thoughts on the way it handles now :brow: I know when Qman put the rear swaybar on his Brat, there was a distinct difference on cornering.



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Posted 25 April 2005 - 01:15 AM

Move it for ya. ;) Very Cool. Will have to think about doing that when I do the rear brake set up on mine. I am sure you could whip it around a few corners and tell us how it performs.

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 01:40 AM

You made me go out and try it out! It does seem more stable in hard cornering. Difficult to make the comparison but I'm happy with it.

How about your thoughts on the way it handles now :brow: I know when Qman put the rear swaybar on his Brat, there was a distinct difference on cornering.



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Posted 25 April 2005 - 01:41 AM

I just did; and it certainly seems more stable than before. But of course hard to make the comparison because I'm really a very conservative driver normally.:rolleyes:

Move it for ya. ;) Very Cool. Will have to think about doing that when I do the rear brake set up on mine. I am sure you could whip it around a few corners and tell us how it performs.



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Posted 25 April 2005 - 02:01 AM

You are going to have to relearn how to RallyX it now ;) You might get some pointers from Qman :brow:

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 02:16 AM

I'm sure there'll be a learning curve.

You are going to have to relearn how to RallyX it now ;) You might get some pointers from Qman :brow:



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Posted 25 April 2005 - 02:43 AM

I'll help you break It in Ed......:)

Nite, John

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Posted 25 April 2005 - 08:37 AM

I'll be there. 'Looking forward to it.

I'll help you break It in Ed......:)

Nite, John






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