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Old 12-05-2004, 04:20 PM   #1
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I was driving around really easy today, just making sure everything is going well from my new PCM install. I go to take a turn, and I hear a very loud *clunk* noise. I was saying to myself, "WTF was that?" Everytime I took a turn from then on, I would hear this clunking noise. I call my dad up who is a mechanic, and told him about it. He told me to check under the car for anything that is broken or loose on the sway bar.

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Broke the front sway bar on the driver side. I'm not mad about it at all. I have a very heavy duty one at home waiting to get installed.
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:24 PM   #2
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I never seen one break there before......hahaha wow that'* wierd......Good thing you already had one laying around anyways......
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Yea, not something you see break very often...
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I've heard of it happening, but I've never seen it before, and its not very common. At least you have one waiting to be installed anyways. What kind are you putting on? The aftermarket ones sometimes are a PITA to get in and out.

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I'm putting on the heavy duty sway bar from GMPD. This one shouldn't break. It'* very solid and heavy.
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it was a sign from above that you needed to install the handling kit
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Yea, not something you see break very often...
I've seen this happen on 3 Gp'* so far (your'* being the 3rd). All broke in that exact same spot on the drivers side.
First one happened to my friends roommate from college (UND in Grand Forks, ND)when he bought his 1998 GP SE at a dealer here in Sauk Centre. I didn't know he was looking at it and he came over and had me look it over after he bought it. Took it out for drive and heard the noise and the way the steering felt a little sloppy. Drove back home, jacked it up and there it was. Brought it back to the dealer (showed him how the break was more than 1 hour old with a bit of corrosion) and he installed a heavier sway-bar from a GTP for free, and it was done less than 2 hours after we brought it back (added to the good guys book).
Second broken one was when my cousin took his wife'* old 1997 GP GT into the ditch last winter -broke same spot.
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Hmm, that'* interesting to hear. Seems to be a weak link in the GP'*.
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I'm putting on the heavy duty sway bar from GMPD. This one shouldn't break. It'* very solid and heavy.
It definately shouldn't break. The car should handle much better with that one there. My dad has the BMR swaybars on his and it handles really well.

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