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Re: O&B Fab Front Swaybar Collar Mod
Ollie These Pics are different then mine. You have even clearence on both sides, so it looks.
I have the DR spacers on both sides. And you are correct, my swaybar has even spacing all the way around. I measured the spacing between the swaybar (at the coil) and the frame to center it up.
I have a stupid question, because I haven't crawled up under the front and looked at the stock collars yet. My question is, wouldn't it be better to just leave the existing stock collars on, then using the new ones as a safe gaurd "beefing up" as opposed to cutting off the stock collars? Or is there not enough room to keep the stock and the new ones on too? Thanks
I tell my troops there isn't such a thing as a stupid question... If you use the collars Dustpark (Brent) used to reinforce the stock collars you will be fine and you won't have to worry about them rubbing the frame if you are not running a suspension set-up requiring swaybar spacers. The difference between Brent's collars and mine is the thickness. He's running a 5/8" thick collar with a smaller cap screw. The collars I am beta testing are 1" thick. The radius of the bend in the swaybar is too close to the mount bracket to allow you to run the factory aluminum collar as well. At 1" thick the collar gives you a back up feature. If the collar bolts should back out or the collars should come loose the swaybar won't be able to shift more than maybe a 1/4" either way if your lucky. The radius in the bend of the swaybar will run into the collar not allowing in the travel any further.
In summary... If you run with the stock collars, you need to run with a 5.8" thick back-up collar. If you remove the stock collars, a 1" thick collar seems to be the way to go.
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