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Old 12-16-2010, 01:23 AM   #1
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I have a 2001 Oldsmobile Intrigue, and I need a new front sway bar, and the back one isn't looking wonderful. I found these on a GM performance site

http://www.gmpartsdirect.com/results...ber=pk12456148

Now, it says it will only fit a 97-03 Grand Prix/2000-05Monte Carlo...but, I know they share quite a few suspension components. Do you think it'* pretty likely that they would fit without any problems?
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Those sway bars should fit without an issue.

I cant even tell how many times ive seen broken sway bars on Gen 2 W-bodies! The end design is crap. Pressed flat with the end link hole, add rust, SNAP!! lol
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Agreed...you are a W body and those are W body sways. Which I happen to have on my Regal.
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I keep reading that if I replace the stock front bar with a heavy-duty version, I should also replace the rear with the heavy-duty version.

It'* only another 60 bucks or so. Should I do it, or is it complete bogus?
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it would be recommended as it will keep a good balance in handling instead of being stiff front and soft rear
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Hmmm. Yeah, that makes sense. Also, GM performance offers a kit with heavy duty front+rear sway bars, but it also comes with a strut bar support...where the heck do I put it?

Under my hood, I already have 2 bars attached from the top of the struts to the front of the car (stock)

Would this stabilizer go in the back or something?
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You can make a GM STB fit in the back. I have one on my car.

On the sways. If you want to save some money, look around the local salvage yards for a 2000+ Monte Carlo. It'* wearing the GMPP bars you are looking at. Police package Impala'* from 2000+ will also have those bars.
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I had a few more questions.

The kit I'm buying comes with the end links, but it says nothing about the shackle-things that secure the sway bar to the frame. I believe it'* called a "shackle" ? Dunno. I was asking because my old ones are kind of rusty, so I'd like to replace them while I'm down there.

Also, what kind of difference can I expect these to make? (I ended up skipping the STB, but I got the solid-34mm front and solid-19mm rear) I hear that these things actually make a noticeable difference.


Oh, and I replaced both of my trailing arms. The factory ones are ******-horrible. My car is a 2001 that isn't very rusty..yet somehow, they were so rusty that I could snap them in half with my hands. (And I did..then replaced them.)
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