To bring in the new year, I finally knocked out a project that I had been planning out for a while now. The Chevy with its big motor and offroad oriented suspension can get a little hard to handle around corners. This post is about how I re-purposed a swaybar that can be obtained for cheap/free.
The swaybar I ended up choosing is off the rear of a year ~2000 Ford Expedition or Navigator. It ended up working very well for me. I already had this in my garage from a previous project, but even if you have to go buy a swaybar and all of its parts from the junkyard it should cost no more than $100 or so. Pick a vehicle with a similar setup and weight then start looking through the junkyard or pictures on the internet until you find something that will work. The endlinks and mounting brackets can be modified, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to weld/bend the swaybar itself which might weaken it.
My thoughts on projects like this is that we shouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel with each new project. Ford spent a lot of time engineering this swaybar, so I will gladly take their research and adapt it to my vehicle. As much as I would have loved to go buy a $400+ ANTIROCK aftermarket swaybar, I just can’t justify the cost. I took this swaybar off a previous project and made sure to keep all of the fasteners. My total cost on this is ~1ft of 2×3 tubing, 2 tabs, 2 bolts, and an afternoon of working with my favorite tools.