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Greg is on vacation so I don't want to bother him, but I want imediate gratification. I've looked at posts but I'm not sure a front swaybar will clear the bumper supports. Some say it might. some say modify the bumper mounts, some say mount the swaybay upside down? Any advice out there? Gracias.


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I first tried installing the bar upside down and it sometimes hit things like speed bumps.

If you want to install it right side up, you will need to modify the bumper brackets. When I had my brackets modified I replaced the bar that bolts to the beam with an angle because the bar lost support at the bottom.

Here is a thread about my sway bar installation:

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A front anti-sway bar is an absolute necessity! A fiberglass bumper is not.

A fiberglass bumper is worthless. It's only purpose is to make the Speedster look "correct".  I like the look, but it is just a look. The mount is more substantial than the bumper, but still not of much value. The modified mount (shown by others) is a Rube Goldberg contraption. The Speedster I built in 1980 had this mount and I used it. It can easily be pushed from side to side and damage the bodywork in a .25mph (estimate) bump.

A few months back I built a mount for driving lights that could be easily adapted for the bumper mounts. It is anchored, horizontally, at the mid point between the two mounts to eliminate any side movement. It is a much cleaner installation than the "factory" mount.

@calmotion the pic with the sway bar is not my car but a file photo I use to demonstrate the sway bar relation to the modified bracket. I'm not sure what mfg sway bar is in that pic. I had an Empi 3/4 inch that did not have a rise as tall as the one pictured.

@R Thorpe as @DannyP mentioned  there is quite a bit of rotation in the sway bar from when you install it with the car's wheels/tires off the ground (sway bar will be MUCH lower than bumper bracket) to when you lower the car and compress the suspension. The sway bar will rotate upwards several inches and come in contact with (and rest against) the bumper bracket. Also, I'm guessing that heating a sway bar enough to bend it would alter the torque characteristics of the bar (I'm not a metallurgist, but that would be my guess).

FWIW, if you have a swing-axle rear, I believe a sway bar will NOT be nearly as effective as a camber-compensator.

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