The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network







Register or Log In To remove these advertisements.

Go Back   The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network > General Truck Forums > Suspension

Web 67-72chevytrucks.com


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-06-2018, 11:38 AM   #1
Sam.Patch
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Northern Alabama
Posts: 2
Should I install a sway bar?

I am the third owner of a 1972 Chevy C10, base motor is the 307 V8, I have now installed a Chevy target master 350 V8. Except for the engine, engine components, and an aftermarket exhaust system, this truck is stock. I have no desire to lower the truck, I plan to continue to use this to haul things and short drives around town. This thing starts up quickly in all weather, and heats up quickly, so it is great to drive around in the winter. It gets parked when temperatures get up in the 90's, as my truck does not have air conditioning!

(I remember driving in all weather in the 1960's and 70's in 1950's vehicles that did not have A/C, and I had no idea how miserable I was )

I am in the process of rebuilding the front suspension, and I noticed, this thing does not have a sway bar. I looked at the lower control arms and found these holes which could be for sway bar mount brackets:



and on the frame are what could be mounting holes for sway bar frame brackets:



I wonder what bracket comes with an oval hole. Maybe the oval was for towing?

Based on a little research on this site, these trucks did not necessarily come with sway bars.

So, should I install a sway bar, what are the benefits? Should I just leave it alone?
Sam.Patch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2018, 02:13 PM   #2
mongocanfly
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Alabama
Posts: 6,279
Re: Should I install a sway bar?

welcome....
a sway bar will help with body roll in corners...I've ran with and without em...just puttering around you probably wouldn't see the benefit.....I doubt your truck ever had one...
__________________
Mongo...aka Greg

1981 c30 lq9 nv4500..http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=753598
1955.1 ls3 tr6060...(under construction)(on hold)
2013 gmc z71. (daily driver)
Columbus..the 1957 IH 4x4...http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...63#post8082563
mongocanfly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2018, 05:35 PM   #3
Sam.Patch
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Northern Alabama
Posts: 2
Re: Should I install a sway bar?

Quote:
Originally Posted by mongocanfly View Post
welcome....
a sway bar will help with body roll in corners...I've ran with and without em...just puttering around you probably wouldn't see the benefit.....I doubt your truck ever had one...
I found a number of sway bars for sale, also, the factory manual has a "typical" image of one, so I wondered if it had one.

I have had my vehicle for almost 30 years, seems to work fine for what I do.

Last year my power steering pump died and researching replacing the leaky gear box, I found that new ones were available. The improvement in driving with a new gear box and new rear axles (replaced this year) has been so encouraging that I am purchasing the parts to replace all suspension bushings, ball joints and tie rods. I just wanted to know if I needed to add a sway bar, and, so far, no one is making a case that I really need it.

Thanks.
Sam.Patch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2018, 06:56 PM   #4
mongocanfly
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Alabama
Posts: 6,279
Re: Should I install a sway bar?

I sure wont hurt anything to have one....ive got a 4x4 one for my IH project but am on the fence about whether to use it or not....
__________________
Mongo...aka Greg

1981 c30 lq9 nv4500..http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=753598
1955.1 ls3 tr6060...(under construction)(on hold)
2013 gmc z71. (daily driver)
Columbus..the 1957 IH 4x4...http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...63#post8082563
mongocanfly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2018, 02:32 PM   #5
N2TRUX
Happy to be here

 
N2TRUX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Cypress, TX
Posts: 38,412
Re: Should I install a sway bar?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam.Patch View Post
..... I just wanted to know if I needed to add a sway bar, and, so far, no one is making a case that I really need it....
I will make the case for you. I have added a C20 sway bar to every truck I have owned. Stock, dropped or bagged it makes an improvement in cornering ability. If you tow, it will help even more when the front suspension is unloaded.

Its not necessary to spend a bunch of money for an aftermarket bar. A C10 or C20bar will work just fine. The bushing clamp stand are rivited to the frame so you will need to drill or cut them off. Buy new bushing and bolt it on. Thanks me later.
__________________
Follow me on Facebook and Instagram @N2trux.com

Articles-

"Jake" the 84 to 74 crewcab

"Elwood" the77_Remix

85 GMC Sierra "Scarlett"

"Refining Sierra"
N2TRUX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2018, 08:58 AM   #6
earl84
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 955
Re: Should I install a sway bar?

I installed one on my 66 C20, and the improved cornering is really nice. Yes, itís fine without it, but the reduced body lean makes it feel really solid, almost sporty, haha.
Super cheap at a salvage yard, super cheap new bushings , super easy to install, I think every truck should have one.
earl84 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2018, 09:15 AM   #7
Warrens69GMC
Registered User
 
Warrens69GMC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Safford,AZ
Posts: 1,555
Re: Should I install a sway bar?

I installed one on our GMC and it made it drive much better. Power steering helped too.
__________________
1969 307, t350
1950 Chevy Wagon
Warrens69GMC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2018, 09:30 PM   #8
Mike C
Registered User
 
Mike C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Posts: 6,597
Re: Should I install a sway bar?

If it didn't matter, GM never would have done it. I would add one and as mentioned above, nothing wrong with a junkyard donor.
__________________
44 Willys MB
52 M38A1
64 Corvette Coupe
68 Camaro 'vert LT1 & TH700
69 Z/28 355 12.6's @110
69 Chevy Short Step 4 1/2"/7" drop
72 Jimmy 4WD 4spd 4" & 35's
02 GMC 2500HD 4x4 Duramax
Mike C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2018, 10:26 AM   #9
bill3rail
Registered User
 
bill3rail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: LI, NY 11801
Posts: 863
Re: Should I install a sway bar?

All the info you need should be found HERE.


Thank you TX Firefighter!
__________________
1970 C10 8' Fleetside, L6 250, 3 on the Tree.
The most basic of pickup trucks!
bill3rail is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1997-2013 67-72chevytrucks.com