What size sway bar do I have?

What size sway bar do I have?

Postby gavio [OP] » October 12th 2017, 3:35am

Is there a way to tell without a micrometer (which I don't have)? RPO code maybe?

There are like 4 choices at the LAPS and I never even knew there were originally any optional sway bar choices when these vans were new....

Mines an 04 Safar AWD with original components.....
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Re: What size sway bar do I have?

Postby The Drummer » October 12th 2017, 10:40am

There are micrometers for like 10$ nowadays , that would asure you of the right size of wichever sway bar is on your van , google probly has many other ways to measure it , but unless you bought the van new , the swa bar might have been replaced , the door with rpo codes may have been replaced as well, so measure twice and get the right part .
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Re: What size sway bar do I have?

Postby gavio [OP] » October 12th 2017, 7:40pm

I used a C-clamp..... Not exactly micrometer accurate, but good enough for this..... :D

1 1/4 is the answer, in case anyone wonders.....
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Re: What size sway bar do I have?

Postby AstroWill » October 12th 2017, 7:44pm

gavio wrote:There are like 4 choices at the LAPS and I never even knew there were originally any optional sway bar choices when these vans were new....


This made me look at RA, they only have one each listed for AWD/RWD.

www.ebay.com/itm/282653156198 $73 with shipping.

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Re: What size sway bar do I have?

Postby sadglad » October 12th 2017, 8:08pm

gavio wrote:Is there a way to tell without a micrometer (which I don't have)?

I don't think it matters what size your old bar is. I wondered the same thing when I was shopping for a bar. I got the Dorman which was a slightly different diameter but it didn't matter. The new bar came with new bushings and brackets to fit the new bar. A slightly different diameter won't make any difference in fitment that I can see. A slightly different diameter bar would give a slightly different spring rate but I can't see that being a big deal.

The Dorman bar is solid. The original bar is hollow. Seat of the pants tells me the Dorman bar is a bit stiffer which is a good thing in my opinion.
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Re: What size sway bar do I have?

Postby gavio [OP] » October 12th 2017, 8:47pm

I was just replacing the bushings..... My bar seems fine for now, and I don't need to spend extra dollars....
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