Rear swaybar mounting hole question

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Rear swaybar mounting hole question

Post by Jean-Seb » Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:37 pm

So, things aren't looking really good, or it's totally normal.

I have only three mounting holes for the rear sway bushing clamps on my 2005. One of them (passenger side) is a huge elongated frame hole. Is this normal ?

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Anyone else ever ran into that "problem" ?

Thanks for the feedback. :o

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Post by FAC3L3SS » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:01 pm

Shift up another couple inches. See the bolt holding your fuel wiring bracket thingie? That's the second hole. It mounts to that and the other open threaded hole you see. :thumbup:
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Post by sidepipe87 » Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:34 pm

Yep. It's the not NVLD pump thing for emissions, but otherwise yea that is the hole
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Post by Donkeypuncher » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:52 am

Yup, it shares the same hole for the sway bar. Can't remember if you can reuse the bolt, might need a longer one.



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Post by FAC3L3SS » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:48 am

I believe it WOULD work, but I left mine out in favor of a longer sway-bar bolt, since it came with my sway.
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Post by occasional demons » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:40 am

Just spray lots of penetrating oil in that elongated hole for a few days before removing the bolt. You may want to get a tap and clean the rust from the threads in the open hole. And buy some antiseize while shopping for a tap.
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Post by Jean-Seb » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:11 pm

All right, thanks everyone ! :)

The reason I asked was because those two holes seemed to be a lot closer to the front of the car than the ones on the driver side. But I guess it's all good now.

And yes, I already tapped one of the driver side holes with the proper M8 x 1.25 tap. The threads are still solid thankfully. But I'll have to remove the inner fender liners to be able to do the others properly. :)

Thanks again, that's a relief ! brushteeth

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Post by NickKo » Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:51 pm

Here's a pic of the swaybar, mounted on a friend's SXT:
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Post by Jean-Seb » Sat Aug 16, 2014 1:55 am

^ Yes it does. Thanks Nick.

I could've done a better job at investigating this at the junkyard... but I didn't. The emissions pump thing bracket really threw me off. :eekdance:

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Post by valleyracer » Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:56 am

Jean-Seb wrote:^ Yes it does. Thanks Nick.

I could've done a better job at investigating this at the junkyard... but I didn't. The emissions pump thing bracket really threw me off. :eekdance:
That sway bar frame mounting bracket is so ghetto

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Post by blueneo03 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:26 pm

^ good god is this on the production line?
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Post by occasional demons » Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:24 pm

valleyracer wrote: That sway bar frame mounting bracket is so ghetto

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Same basic design that they have used for decades. What's so "Ghetto" about it?
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Post by NickKo » Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:48 pm

blueneo03 wrote:^ good god is this on the production line?
No, he's in the moisture-free State of CA.


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I gotta say, from a Midwesterner....This is AWESOME. 8) :D


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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:20 am

:withstupid:
I hope that mine looks like that under the Ziebart rustproofing goop.
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Response to my "ghetto" remarks

Post by valleyracer » Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:36 am

I prefer a stout strong metal frame shell to hold the frame bushing. These OEM pieces are so lightweight and cheapy. The OEM bushings are worse than styrofoam.

If rust boy could drill holes for larger bolts - you'd get a more sturdy mount up.

But the coat-hanger sway bar isn't that stiff.

Here's a recent shot of my car - things are much more dirty than those pix from 05!

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Post by blueneo03 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:20 pm

must have been early when u got it. i lived in california for most of my life and still never had a car that clean!
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Post by valleyracer » Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:30 pm

The real secret is that my ACR is a garage kept car. I keep it tidy. Dry as a bone around here.

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Post by Jean-Seb » Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:34 pm

Rust boy ? Really ? :roll:

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Post by occasional demons » Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:05 pm

valleyracer wrote:
If rust boy could drill holes for larger bolts - you'd get a more sturdy mount up.
It would still only be as strong as the sheet metal in the unibody frame. I don't know that anyone has had an issue with it pulling out of the channel.

These cars don't weigh that much, and you would be in the ditch before that happened, or on your roof. The same design was used on even the big heavy cars, and has not really failed, unless it rusted out.

If everything was built super sturdy, the neon would outweigh a pick up truck, and get 16 mpg. People seem to forget that these were primarily designed as econo boxes. The SRT just happened to have to share the same body shell/components.
Jean-Seb wrote:Rust boy ? Really ? :roll:
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:12 am

occasional demons wrote:The SRT just happened to have to share the same body shell/components.
What? I've got a Neon? :hiding:
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Final install photos

Post by valleyracer » Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:52 am

Jean-Seb wrote:Rust boy ? Really ? :roll:
Did you finish the hole boring and get the torsion bar mounted up?. Post photos!!

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Re: Final install photos

Post by Jean-Seb » Mon Sep 22, 2014 1:33 pm

valleyracer wrote:Did you finish the hole boring and get the torsion bar mounted up?. Post photos!!
No, I didn't. I'll do that in the spring and it won't be a stock bar. ;)

I have other things to do right now, just to prepare the car for the winter. You know ? Winter ? ;) haha lol

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Re: Final install photos

Post by valleyracer » Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:15 pm

Jean-Seb wrote:
valleyracer wrote:Did you finish the hole boring and get the torsion bar mounted up?. Post photos!!
No, I didn't. I'll do that in the spring and it won't be a stock bar. ;)

I have other things to do right now, just to prepare the car for the winter. You know ? Winter ? ;) haha lol
Good idea. The OEM bar is an overgrown coat hanger. Might as well get something thicker and stronger.

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