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Re: [T3] Purest Type 3 group? (kind of a rant) (sway bar tangent)


On 13 Mar 2004 at 17:13, joshua brooks wrote:

> I've always wondered if anyone has tried adding metal to the stock sway bar 
> to stiffen up the front end. Anyone?

You can't just weld metal onto it, because the rod is heat treated and that 
would destroy it. If you just tried to make a bigger rod using the same size 
ends you might be able to make this work if you didn't increase the rod dia by 
much.

If you went too large in diameter with the original ends all the stress would 
be concentrated at the end and they'd break there.

The solution would be to broach larger holes in the upper swing arms and then 
make a bigger rod to fit them. That would be a LOT of work, but it would also 
be a way to restore old arms which have had their sway bar holes augered out.

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Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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