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1963-1982 Corvette ADDCO Front Sway Bar End Links Urethane Kit

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Part #: 602-592
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Fits Years:
  • 1963-1967
  • 1968-1982
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1963-1982 ADDCO Front Sway Bar End Links Urethane Kit

1963-1982 Urethane Front Sway Bar End Link Kit

Replace the worn stock rubber fronf sway bar end links with our long lasting Urethane units which is tougher, and more responsive, for better handling and extended life. Also available, our Adjustable Sway Bar End Links come with Urethane bushings and allows you to adjust the tension on your Corvette's Front Sway Bar: (SEARCH 602596)

  • End Link Kits include: nuts, bolts, bushings, sleeve and retainer cups
  • For Front Only
  • Urethane Bushings
  • Left And Right Side Car Set


Also known under these part numbers:

  • 18864
  • 45015BU
  • 602592
  • 686420010333

The Problem:

Let’s face it, most decisions made by the automakers are based on one factor – cost. Without a doubt, it’s less expensive to manufacture and install smaller anti-sway bars, or in some cases, leave them off completely!

 

Your stock suspension does an adequate job in most situations. Where you may run into a problem (no pun intended) is when you need to make a sudden lane change to avoid an accident or when you find that curve in the road is a little sharper than you thought.

 

As your vehicle begins to turn, the body will ” roll” transferring weight to the outside wheels. This causes the front end to “plow”, or what is technically known as understeer. The result – your vehicle wants to keep going straight and you’re out of control!

 

The Solution:

With the addition of a set of  our ADDCO anti-sway bars, body roll and understeer will be greatly reduced resulting in a safer, more balanced suspension.

 

 

Handling

Neutral Steer

The front and rear of the vehicle will drift an equal amount and you will end up close to the starting point (actually, you will end up a little further out since the front and rear are drifting the same).

 

Understeer

Front tire drift causes the vehicle to refuse to turn as sharply as the direction of the wheels are pointed. If the wheels and the throttle are held steady, the vehicle will make an ever widening circle.

 

Oversteer

Rear tire drift is greater than that of the front and the rear tends to “spin out”. The vehicle will end up closer to the center of the circle because the rear tire drift changes the direction inward.

 

Bigger is NOT Always Better

Even a small increase in bar diameter provides a major increase in anti-sway bar effectiveness. Play it safe and stick with ADDCO’s recommendations to achieve the level of handling you desire.

FAQ on Urethane/Polyurethane Bushings and Suspension Components

Why use urethane/polyurethane for my suspension?

Vehicles are built using rubber bushings in control arms, strut arms, leaf springs, body mounts, motor mounts, transmission mounts, sway bars and shocks. Additionally, rubber components can be found on coil spring pads, leaf spring pads and suspension bump stops.

Not only are rubber components on the soft side to accommodate the typical Corvette buyer, they tend to deteriorate rapidly. This contributes to premature component failure, a “spongy” ride and less than ideal performance handling.

Products made with Urethane/Polyurethane are a better, more efficient selection and are a more reliable option than most original rubber components.

When choosing urethane/polyurethane for needs such as those mentioned above, your Corvette’s ride and suspension performance will be enhanced.

 

How is urethane/polyurethane made?

Polyurethane is a term used to describe a wide ranging family of elastomers (any compound exhibiting the characteristics of natural rubber; stretchy and elastic). Poly meaning “many” and “urethane” the classification of the chemical structure.

Polyurethane or urethane for short, is used as a solid cast material (bushings, mounts and mount inserts) and can be as soft as a rubber band or as hard as plastic.

 

Will I lose ride quality?

The only change in ride quality is increased performance.

The original rubber bushing or mount was fairly soft which helped to accentuate noise and vibration that is generated by the tires and road surface.

Increasing the hardness of the bushing either with harder rubber, urethane or even metal will allow more transmission of noise and vibrations.

Some manufacturers formulate the hardness and design to reduce this effect. A softer urethane bushing allows the vehicle to perform better without the harshness, even over rubber components of the same hardness.

 

Do I need special tools to install?

No.  Installing urethane components requires no special tools. However, if unique tools and equipment are required due to the type of vehicle, you will need them in order to do the job properly.

 

Does urethane squeak?

The answer to this question is NO. Squeaking is caused by high frequency vibrations that can be heard rather than felt. It is usually caused by lack of lubrication, poor installation, an incorrect part, or urethane that may be too hard for the application.

In sway bar mount applications, most squeaking is the result of not cleaning the bar thoroughly prior to installation and failing to use Mid America Motorworks squeak-proof Super Grease.  Additionally, all of our dynamic application bushings feature grooves or splines designed to hold our grease (included) providing even greater performance.

 

Will I need to reuse my metal sway bar bushing brackets?

PROTHANE™ has a complete shell program for most popular applications. Many of our sway bar bushing kits come complete with a new shell. On some applications, you will need to reuse the metal shell, so be very careful when removing your sway bar brackets from your Corvette. If you do damage a bracket during the removal procedure, Mid America Motorworks sells a variety of sway bar bushing brackets.