MALIBU Malibu 1981 Front sway bar

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chiturr

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Oct 16, 2018
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Hey guys, trying to search if I should go with a UMI ( solid ) or Hotchkis ( holow )front sway bar.

Looking for some advice.

Any help appreciated!




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spidereyes455

spidereyes455

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Depends on what you're trying to do with the car. Personally I'd hit the junkyard or classifieds and use either a solid 1 1/4" bar from an F41 equipped gbody or even better a 34 or 36mm hollow bar from a later 3rd gen Fbody ( Iroc, GTA or Formula) for a fraction of the price of either of the aftermarket ones.
 
Longroof79

Longroof79

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I was going to suggest the same thing. Save your money and hit the junkyard. Bring a vernier caliper or an adjustable wrench with a small ruler or tape measure if you don't have a vernier caliper.
Your other option is find someone parting a Monte SS, T-Type, 442, H/O, etc with the 32mm or 1.25"bar...or as Spidereyes said ^^, F-body car...IROC, GTA, etc. again, that's where you'd find the 34-36mm front swaybars.

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pagrunt

pagrunt

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Cutlass's have been a source from what I found. I've grabbed several 1.25" bars from them over the years.
 
Longroof79

Longroof79

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Cutlass's have been a source from what I found. I've grabbed several 1.25" bars from them over the years.
That's true. Sometimes you do come across plainjane Cutlasses with F41 suspension... HD front and rear swaybars....or even Pontiac GPs, etc.
 
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chiturr

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Oct 16, 2018
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Thanks guys. Great recommendations.I’m from Montreal Quebec and scrapyards here are not that keen on keeping older cars ... I just found a used Hotchkis on eBay and I just ordered it.


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