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just installed a front sway bar from OGTS, HOLY COW!!! what a difference! In conjunction with the 1 inch lower spring, this car handles awsome! I have had this car since 91 and always just thought it was a cool old car, now it handles like a little sports car! if you havnt done this upgrade yet, do it soon. Its amazing. cant wait to put the rear one on and see what a difference it makes.
 

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Sway bars were one of the first bolt on upgrades I did. I too was very happy with the results. I was going on and off cloverleaf highway ramps just for the fun of it. For me the front bar was the dramatic difference, when I put the rear bar on it just wasn't the night and day change like the front bar was. Upgrading the shocks made another noticable difference, but the next "biggie" for me was when I changed the rims and put Sumitomo HTR4 205/60R13's all around. Yikes, do I have traction now compared to the stock tires. Yes, these meager horsepower cars can be fun to drive with some simple upgrades.
 

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car looks awesome..

how long did it take to put on the front sway bar?

what steps did you take to install it?so I know what I am getting in to.:)
 

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Better hurry!

I just got off the phone with a lovely woman named Shelly at the above web site and there is good news and bad news. The good news is that they have quite a few of the front sway bars, at $99 each + shipping. The bad news is that the rest of their Opel sway bars, Manta, Kadett, and GT, front and rear, are going on the "special order only" list @ the 20th of this month. That means instead of their normal $135 price, they will be closer to $250!

So, if you think you might sometime want a set of sway bars, buying both now for $235 will be cheaper than buying one after the first of the year. Time to get out the wallets, and hurry!
 

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front sway bar......

yes......how difficult was the front bar to put on? and .....what if i only put on a front sway bar (no rear).......would this adversely affect anything?

Is addco the rear sway bar that can be used if there are no mounts on the axle????
 

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Re: front sway bar......

bosco said:
what if i only put on a front sway bar (no rear).......would this adversely affect anything?
Understeer, understeer and more understeer....

-Travis
 

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How difficult was the front bar to put on?
***Pretty easy, find the right spots, drill a few holes, mount bar. Look at the photos in my photo album:

http://www.opelgt.com/photos/showga...t=1&perpage=12&password=&ppuser=12917&stype=0

You do have to have the car in a "neutral position" like up on ramps to properly install the bar. I put the front of the car on ramps, and jacked the rear up with a floor jack until the car was level.***

What if i only put on a front sway bar (no rear).......would this adversely affect anything?
***I put the front bar on and a few weeks later put the rear bar on. I think it handled a whole lot better with just the front bar than no sway bars at all. The car will not track off the road, crash & burn, explode or anything else dramatic with only the front bar, it's just not the ideal setup.**

Is addco the rear sway bar that can be used if there are no mounts on the axle????
***Yes.***
 

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understeer with front bar only?

i am reading a conflict in my thoughts between jimsky and travis:

Jimsky said to paraphrase " addco front sway bar made the biggest difference..handling was much improved with only this addition..when he added the back sway bar" better than stock but NOT like the improvement made by the front addition

travis said" more understeer" with the front bar

fliper used the 1in ogts bar on stock mounts...I know the addco is thinner diameter(less stiff) and I think it does not mount at stock location like the OGTS

Problem:can someone claify this...Travis ..you imply handling is worse with only the front bar..is this your intent?

thanks..I am hoping the " the ball and chain will put this in the christmas stocking for me..I want the right one"
 

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Re: understeer with front bar only?

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travis said" more understeer" with the front bar
In stock form the GT understeers. Adding a front bar will make it understeer even more. Any book on car handling will confirm this.

The question then becomes why people are feeling that their cars handle better after adding the front bar. My only guess, and it's just a guess, is that the reduced body roll is giving this perception.

Just my 2 cents

-Travis
 

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Yes, please. Let's get you two together and let us know. I think I would like to do all the simple mods before I do the paint work in the spring.
Please?!
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Yes, the front bar dramatically reduced the body roll. Prior to the front bar being installed the excessive body roll quickly ate up my speed comfort level in sweeping cloverleaf exits.

Once the front bar was installed the car stayed much more "squat" in turns. I was able to take the same cloverleaf exits at high speeds with more confidence (be it if only perceived). If the car understeered more, I compensated for it without knowing. I never felt I couldn't make the arc of the turn, never drifted off on the shoulder or felt like I took the turn too hot. I usually took the exit speed to the point of breaking my meager stock-ish tires loose. When the squealing got real loud and the drifting got too wild I'd back off a bit. I never got to do that before the front bar.

The rear bar was added a few weeks after so I only had limited exposure to "front bar only driving".

Below are some cute definations:

"Understeer", also known as "push", and "dammit, why won't the car turn?", happens when a vehicle doesn't turn as quickly as the angle of the front wheels would suggest. Turning the steering wheel further just makes the tires slip more. An understeering vehicle wants to point to the outside of a turn, plowing ahead instead of where the wheels are aimed.

"Oversteer", AKA "loose", or "OH S*&T!", is when the vehicle wants to turn too far, with the back end sliding around and, in extreme cases, trying to pass the front. An oversteering vehicle feels like it's about to spin, and frequently does if the driver isn't skilled enough to "catch" it.

An easy way to remember the difference is that Understeer is when you see what you're about to hit through the windshield, but Oversteer means you see it in the mirrors...

A little theory:

There are a lot of different dynamics that cause under- or oversteer; the front-to-rear weight bias of the car, the presence or absence of anti-sway bar(s), which wheels are doing the work of accelerating the car, and even the size and type of tires.

Most cars come from the factory with a bias towards understeer. That's because it's generally thought that understeer is easier for the average driver to cope with than oversteer, which is probably true. The instinctual reaction for a driver in a sliding car is to lift off the throttle and hit the brakes, which will transfer weight to the front end and increase traction there, helping an understeering car to recover control. Doing the same thing in a car that's oversteering will usually make the situation worse by unloading the rear tires and further reducing their traction.

For this reason, you'll almost never see a factory-stock car with a rear anti-roll bar, but no bar on the front. Without getting into a lot of advanced car dynamics, I'll just say that putting a "swaybar" or anti-roll bar on one end of the car (or replacing an existing one with a stiffer bar) will tend to give the opposite end of the car more traction. Thus, most cars come equipped with a front bar but none in the rear, or if they have both, the front bar will be considerably stiffer. This preserves the tendency to "safely" understeer once the limits of handling are reached.
 

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First, let me say that I have never driven a stock GT, so I don't know how bad they really handle. But from what I have read, with the skinny stock 13" tires, I'm sure they do understeer really badly.

When I bought my GT, I had to rebuild the suspension before I ever drove it. I changed to a stiffer, lower front spring and high pressure KYB gas shocks. I added an ADDCO front bar, no rear bar (yet). The car handles very neutral, and has no body roll, probably due to the stiffness of the gas shocks. While autoXing, I have had it push if I was exiting a corner down on RPMs, but then again I have had it become tail happy and spin if I was being overly heavy footed.

So, why do I think I have been able to get away with just the front bar?.....The sticky 205-50-15 Falken Azenis tires I have on it. I'm sure they make all the difference.

My 2Cs

James
 

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:) Thank you, jimsky! You is one smart..opeler! Front sway bar it is, then. With a good set of tires, my stocker will be "sweet" (as they say). I don't plan on any high speed stuff. Well, maybe I'd want to act like a teenager again!
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Hmmmmmm, funny this conversation comes up. I just had 3 sway bar experiences in the past two months that cover all three of the sway bar issues.

1. I purchased the front and rear swaybar AND intermediate (1inch) front spring from ogts. yes the front swaybar is MASSIVE, 22mm i think. I put the front spring and sway bar on at the same time and left the rear off. The car handles better than most autocross and itb cars i have been in. If its has MORE understeer now, then give me more.

2. I installed the rear sway bar and all it seems to do is help the outside tire not load up as much.
3. unhooked front sway bar to work on oilpan, drove car without front and just rear, .....yukky.

I think that since most of the weight is in the front end, then that is where most of the roll takes place (inertia). the backend has a lot of roll to it without the front swaybar, but the 22mm front swaybar seems big enough that it doesnt let the front dive, and therfore the back does not dive as much either, unless you have a lot of chassis flex. my advise, for what it is worth. the front swaybar is a priority, if you can only get one, the front. If two awsome. I also think the larger bar is worth it. I think both my bars cost 240.00 (set). they had all the mounting hardware and the clear instructions (wich i needed)
sorry so long, but hopefully since i have recently tried all three ways, it might help.
 
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