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AnsweredHot![FAQ]Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates?

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2011/11/18 14:29:25 (permalink)
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Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates?

Thought this was worth sharing to hopefully save anyone who's not sure if they should put some sway bar re-inforcement plates on their Sdub.
I never considered it a high priority as all I'd ever seen was pics of cracks around the mounts.
This is what happened while I was driving around with my suspension set on stiff and good semis front and rear...
Ripped the sway bar mount right out of the chassis

This was the bit still attached to the sway bar, there was a chunk of metal completely missing from the chassis rail

Patched up what was remaining

Patched with a knocked up replacement piece running down the left. (those welds were ground flat before the reo plates went on!!)

All finished and re-inforcement plates mounted

The drivers side mount had cracks all around it also, so it was welded up and ground back too.

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    just_ace
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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/18 14:39:17 (permalink)
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    Hah, good post. Ill sticky it if noone else does, or maybe get it put in the tech section as vital info
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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/18 14:40:44 (permalink)
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    Wow!
    What sway bars are you using?

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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/18 14:41:48 (permalink)
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    Did that happen when using an aftermarket sway bar or factory??

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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/18 15:22:41 (permalink)
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    Factory sway bar, thats one of the reasons I never got around to the reo plates, everything I've read seemed to imply it was only a major issue when upgrading sway bars!
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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/18 15:44:19 (permalink)
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    Factory ones can't be that bad then.... :)

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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/18 15:46:21 (permalink)
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    neither are the semi's.....!
    Wow! 

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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/18 16:44:32 (permalink)
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    Do the later models come with some sort of reinforcement from the factory or do you need the plates for all sw's? 
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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/18 16:47:19 (permalink)
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    pretty sure the later ones are different and stronger.

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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/19 10:05:16 (permalink)
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    Maybe a good idea to fit them to the later models anyway just in case.
    They don't cost that much, so good insurance.

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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/19 14:34:04 (permalink)
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    That's true. Especially since I'll probably put a whiteline bar in. Would the plates fit on the later models? I think I remember hearing that they won't but I'm not sure.
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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/19 14:50:48 (permalink)
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    i think delta v make them to suit rev 1 and rev2+
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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/24 01:34:20 (permalink)
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    Holy crap I also thought they were only needed for upgrading sways! I have stock suspension now but it might go BC Inverted coilovers maybe within the next year so might have to invest in one of these you reckon?
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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/24 09:37:04 (permalink)
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    Don't delay getting reo plates.
    It's a very common problem, even with stock ARB's.
    I wonder how many people are driving around with a cracked chassis that don't know about it.
     
    The pic shows cracking that has started under the ARB bracket that can really only be seen properly when the bracket is removed.
    If not fixed in time, the bar may fall off completely, as has already been described.
     

     

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    Re:Too lazy / cheap to install front sway bar reinforcement plates? 2011/11/24 09:46:15 (permalink)
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    If I'm going to the bother of fitting reo plates, I may as well get thicker sway bars as well...
    You'd think the stock skinny links would bend first too 

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