Rear Sway Bar on a K-series

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Found this on a Scroogle search. Looks like from you fella's having this same thing 8+ years ago. lol I did a search for about every buzz word in that thread and nothing ever came up. Hellwig never mentions a thing about a 4WD application being different.

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lol, I recognize that rear end. Pics from today came out a little dark but I think you can see it's a basic install.

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Homemade end links are angled slightly forward at the bar end because the truck is sitting unloaded, when I carry a bunch of people it droops and aligns better. I kinda remember those J-hook thingies you mentioned but I binned them. I can't remember if I had to drill one or both holes for the L-brackets. It seems like one factory hole was there and I added one more on each side, but it's been too long for my feeble mind to remember.
 
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Found this on a Scroogle search. Looks like from you fella's having this same thing 8+ years ago. lol I did a search for about every buzz word in that thread and nothing ever came up. Hellwig never mentions a thing about a 4WD application being different.

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This is what mine looked like. Yes my OE bar looks just like that.
 

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lol, I recognize that rear end. Pics from today came out a little dark but I think you can see it's a basic install.

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Homemade end links are angled slightly forward at the bar end because the truck is sitting unloaded, when I carry a bunch of people it droops and aligns better. I kinda remember those J-hook thingies you mentioned but I binned them. I can't remember if I had to drill one or both holes for the L-brackets. It seems like one factory hole was there and I added one more on each side, but it's been too long for my feeble mind to remember.
Thats awesome - THANKS! I was going to ask if you drilled out the holes in the frame. There's 3 vertical holes on each side - you used the top and bottom which is what I was going to do. I think the brackets came with 1/2" grade 5 bolts but the holes are only 3/8" - which I was going to use instead but with grade 8 and then a matching plate on the inside for reinforcement.

Seems I found the holy grail on SB rear sways. :hat:

Thanks fellas!
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I put a rear sway on my 1976 K5 years ago. Really flattens out the truck on curvy mountain roads like we have here in Montana. Road handling is better. The negative is that in slow rocky 4 wheel conditions, the rear end side-to-side is not independent anymore. The brand I have is designed to hug the bottom of the rear floor, and then link down to the springs. Does not have the bar hugging the differential like the pictures I saw earlier in this thread. Functionality of both styles should be equal. Just wish there was a slip clutch in the center to uncouple the thing for off road.
 

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