1. K.O. SWINGER

    K.O. SWINGER Meeting in the alley since 1976

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    So I'm trying to tighten up the suspension on the front of my 340 swinger. I want to upgrade the sway bar and I'm looking for the best direct replacement. I've kind of settled on the QA1 any other thoughts?
     
  2. Scody21

    Scody21 Just send it

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    I’m running the FF one. Only thing was had to drill one hole in each side of the K as the brackets are trianglated. And ran as stock.
     
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    • dano

      dano Evil Handy Man

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      The QA1 bar only works with their K Member.

      Hotchkis, Addco, Firm Feel and Hellwig make bars. What are we working on?
       
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      • K.O. SWINGER

        K.O. SWINGER Meeting in the alley since 1976

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        Okay I went back and read specifications and you're absolutely right for use with their k member. Thanks! I'm working on a 1970 340 swinger with original sway bar. I run 7 in front rims and 225 50 front tires, I would like to stiffen it up.
         
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        Scody21 Just send it

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        Depending on what your looking to get out of your ride. Might look at a set of T bars, new or recondition. I’m running 1.0 FF bars, and rear sway bar. Car handles really well now. I’m looking at adding a panhard bar to the rear end as was done back in the day for T/A cars, maybe over kill for the street, but soon with be autoXing..
         
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          Wvbuzzmaster Well-Known Member

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          Get a Hellwig sway bar. They are of good quality and stand behind their product. They had a wrongly bent batch and I called them up, they had me measure a few things and immediately sent me a replacement sway bar. This was about 4 months after purchase but they didn’t question that, just made it right.
           
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          • RedFish

            RedFish Well-Known Member

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            The pre 73 bar was quite long, went all the way around the K member, long end links attached at the end of lower arms too. The big block builds with that design did get a fatter stabilizer bar and they got larger torsion bars too. If you'll do heavier torsion bars and high end shocks first you might be happy with the stabilizer bar you have.
             
          • cudamark

            cudamark FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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            X2 on the Helwig sway bars.
             
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            72bluNblu FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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            The Hotchkis bar does not use the factory sway bar tab location, you'd have to remove the factory tabs and add the Hotchkis tabs. The Hellwig 5906 will work with the factory tab locations (the 55917 will not, it uses a similar tab location as the Hotchkis to allow for wider front tires). Addco and Firm Feel should both use the factory tab locations.

            I have both Hellwig and Hotchkis bars, both of those companies make great products.
             
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            • racerjoe

              racerjoe Well-Known Member

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              As previously mentioned, Hotchkis isn't a direct factory replacement. It's a huge bar!

              Honestly, if you already have a sway bar, I'd go with bigger t-bars and good shocks first (Hotchkis, QA1, or Bilstiens). Update the sway bar after you have those componets.
               
            • Dartsun

              Dartsun Mopar Dude

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              I’d go with a hellwig bar
               
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              • my68barracuda

                my68barracuda Well-Known Member

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                The Hotchkis bar is a larger diameter because it is hollow. And being hollow means that it is lighter, and that takes weight off the front end. Which is already heavy on A bodies.
                 
              • str12-340

                str12-340 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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                I've had an Energy Suspension bar, which is a direct replacement with more stable K-frame brackets for 15 years and it has worked like a dream.
                 
              • RustyRatRod

                RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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                Go empty your wallet if you want. I used the Addco bar on mine. I actually got it from a member here. Their hardware is crap, that's why they offer cheap prices. The bars are fine. I got the bar and got some heavy duty greaseable mounts and link kits from Energy Suspension and still came out cheaper than the other guys. You'd still have less involved buying the Addco bar new and the Energy Suspension stuff. But again, it's your money.
                 
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                its larger diameter cause it’s got about the same arm length as factory 67-72 but it attaches to the middle of the LCA. Which deceases the effective roll stiffness.
                 
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