Bigger Sway Bar – Anti Roll
Author: Michael Yount
The Corolla could use some more front roll stiffness. The OEM bar is 17mm. The only game in town, short of a custom bar (at least $600) is Addco. The race car had an Addco front bar ordered some 33 years ago. Amazing. Ordered through Jegs — and 6 weeks later a bar was drop shipped to the house. 25.5″ in diameter (ok, 1″) with end links and chassis brackets/bushings.
Just as with the race car all those decades ago – fitment is not perfect. The spread between the eyes of the end links is about an inch wider on the Addco bar than on the OEM bar.
I think this is workable. The end-links will sit at a bit of an angle — but that can be taken up in the end-link bushings I believe. Unfortunately, installation (and removal of the OEM bar) is a PITA. The bar passes through holes in bolt on chassis brackets that also receive the tension/compression arms which help locate the lower control arm. So the tension/compression rods have to come out as do the chassis brackets. Further, the Addco sway bar bushing brackets won’t fit in the chassis brackets without cutting the corners off as you can see in the pictures. So I took the opportunity to clean/paint the tension/compression rods and the chassis brackets so they’ll look as nice at the new powder coated sway bar does.
Picture of the sway bar bushing installed with custom washers.
And a few shots of the final “test” installation. I say test because I need to drive it and see if it all works and clears everything. I think it’s gonna be fine. After I’ve test driven I’ll pull it all back out and do a final clean up, paint and put it back together. I also have replacement tension/compression bushings on the way.