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adapting flat-sided swaybar bushings
bricktron Offline
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adapting flat-sided swaybar bushings
i have these Energy Suspension polyurethane swaybar bushings which i want to use with this W123 wagon sway bar here. i guess swaybars in american cars hold up against a flat surface - the manufacturer's technical contact was stumped when i told him there was a concavity behind the bushing. mocking up the fit, it looks like the bar would sit at just about the same position, but the bushing itself would be loose in back.

assuming no polyurethane bushings are available in the oval MB shape, i am leaning towards cutting and drilling some 3/16" steel bar for backing plates to these.... unless someone thinks there is a better approach.


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sorry for 2nd thread on topic, i was telling a story in the other one which in retrospect, didn't help.

english red rat rod 1977 240D, OM617.952 burning B99.9, iron 4-speed & 2.88 diff, 195/60/R14 on alloys, 5mph bumpers, battery in the trunk, 25mm swaybar, 4x ECE H4 lamps, double brake lamps, deleted sunroof, export zoll & california blue plates




03-09-2016, 09:55 PM
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bricktron Offline
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RE: adapting flat-sided swaybar bushings
wow, i see this is a pretty unpopular mod. i must look crazy here. anyway, i made the bracket backing plates. how much is it going to mess up my alignment if the bar sits a centimeter proud of its original location?

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english red rat rod 1977 240D, OM617.952 burning B99.9, iron 4-speed & 2.88 diff, 195/60/R14 on alloys, 5mph bumpers, battery in the trunk, 25mm swaybar, 4x ECE H4 lamps, double brake lamps, deleted sunroof, export zoll & california blue plates




03-22-2016, 04:45 PM
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RE: adapting flat-sided swaybar bushings
I wouldn't worry about it. If you can muscle it in to place it shouldn't matter a whole lot. It may even cause the sway to feel a bit stiffer as well which is probably a good thing.
W123 Mods: 4 speed ** AN braided hoses/lines almost everywhere ** powder coated valve cover ** manual climate control ** better stereo ** '85 Kalitucky intake ** manual windows & full tint ** Euro headlights retrofit w/bixenon projectors ** 4 brake light mod ** Vogtland 50mm drop front & Lesjofors S600 drop rear springs ** 16" rims ** late w126 brake spindles, rotors & calipers ** full suspension rehab ** Bilstein HDs ** AL129X alternator & 1/0 starter and charging cables ** 300GD clutch/flywheel ** AFCO 80103N radiator & Earl's 41610 oil cooler ** custom block-off plate, remote oil filter & t-stat ** MW IP w/ tomnik's 6.5mm 'Holly' elements **

S124 Mods: 400E Rear subframe ** SL600 Brakes ** Late 300E 210mm diff ** SLK230 6 speed ** 17" CLK rims ** Vented RF Fender ** Facelift Hood, Headlights, and Lower Cladding **

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03-23-2016, 09:47 PM
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RE: adapting flat-sided swaybar bushings
There is also a guy on 190rev that makes custom poly bushings as well...they are a bit pricey as they are not mass produced, but the sways are small enough that they might not be too bad.  I have not priced them i na while, but plan on buying his stuff on my next suspension rebuild.
W123 Mods: 4 speed ** AN braided hoses/lines almost everywhere ** powder coated valve cover ** manual climate control ** better stereo ** '85 Kalitucky intake ** manual windows & full tint ** Euro headlights retrofit w/bixenon projectors ** 4 brake light mod ** Vogtland 50mm drop front & Lesjofors S600 drop rear springs ** 16" rims ** late w126 brake spindles, rotors & calipers ** full suspension rehab ** Bilstein HDs ** AL129X alternator & 1/0 starter and charging cables ** 300GD clutch/flywheel ** AFCO 80103N radiator & Earl's 41610 oil cooler ** custom block-off plate, remote oil filter & t-stat ** MW IP w/ tomnik's 6.5mm 'Holly' elements **

S124 Mods: 400E Rear subframe ** SL600 Brakes ** Late 300E 210mm diff ** SLK230 6 speed ** 17" CLK rims ** Vented RF Fender ** Facelift Hood, Headlights, and Lower Cladding **

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03-23-2016, 09:50 PM
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