Hi, POSTING THIS HERE,,
as a quick view of how you don't need to pay £330+ to have a REAR ANTI SWAY BAR.
Just a few basic mechanical skills and suitable JY bar (Ebay from £14.50) along with
a few bits and pieces that you might have laying around.
Does your Astro lean over on curves & corners,
are you fighting the steering on uneven straights?
So you've done the idler arms, track rod ends etc.
maybe replaced the dampers,, and it still rolls
like an old ship at sea ??
Time then to think of buying a rear sway bar.
In the USA they sell kits for around $260.
For UK owners that price increases to nearly
$450 !!! ( = approx £335 British pounds).
Nice,, if you can afford it !!!
There is another option if you have a few simple
skills and some common sense available.
I'm not going to walk you thru' a long article
of 'how to'.
If you need that, it's probably beyond your
capabilities and you shouldn't do it.
The 'difficulty level' is about 3 out of 10.
with some measuring, drilling, sawing, bending,
flattening and a few inches of welding.
plus a bit of spanner work, etc.
Caution, once fitted,
your vans handling characteristics +
Understeer (tight) & oversteer (loose)
can be affected.
Drive safely and well within your own ability.
Parts needed are,, a suitable* sway bar with
rubber mountings & housings along with
two end links. (EbayUK JY £14.50).
4x 70mm exhaust Ubolt clamps (cut as saddles).
8" of 2" angle iron, for link anchors, adjustable.
18" of 2" wide flat 1/8" steel, for axle strap clamps.
Some strong Nuts & Bolts for fixings.
(I added 2x small ex clamps to sway bar to prevent
sway bar migration to either left or right).
Take a look at the photos,
see how the bar is positioned so there is clearance
everywhere to allow the Sway bar to pivot without
contacting,, axle tubes, diff cover, exhaust, dampers
& leaf springs.
Note the angle of the clamps around the axle tubes.
See the end links are cut & welded short, so the
leaf springs can flex upwards without any contact.
Check and adjust route of brake pipes and
parking brake cable as nessesary for clearance.
Then go around checking everything again !!
Which Sway Bar is pictured ???
It is from a
BMW E53 X5 4.4I '01 FRONT ANTI ROLL SWAY BAR