What is a sway bar or anti-roll bar?
A sway bar is a metal bar that ties the two sides of the car together and is designed to minimize body roll for improved handling.
How does a sway bar work?
Following the law of inertia, an object in motion wants to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. In this case, the outside force to your vehicle is a change direction. As the mass of your vehicle corners, its inertia is causing the car to "roll" to the outside of the turn. This rolling affect causes the car to become unbalanced and "unplanted." The purpose of the sway bar is reduce this action and keep the body of your vehicle level, while maintaining traction and control as the weight is shifted from side to side. The transfer of loads through the sway bar can improve your vehicle’s handling?
Why do you need an aftermarket sway bar?
A short explanation of why you need an aftermarket sway bar is that it helps improve your vehicle’s handing and gives you, the driver, more control of the car. For example, if you're taking a right hand turn at high speed, the car begins to lean to the left and put more load on the left side tires, whereas the tires on the right hand side of the car start to lose contact with the road surface. Because of this, they aren't able to work effectively and efficiently in getting the car to rotate through the turn.
Here are a few other reasons you should upgrade or replace your sway bar:
- Reduces body roll
- Decreases load differences
- Reduces auto-steering behavior
What else can I do to improve my suspension?
Replacing your vehicle’s factory sway bars are one of many upgrades you can make to your vehicle to improve its handling. Other improvements include, lowering your vehicle with one of the lowering kits we offer or replacing your shocks and struts. For more ideas on ways to improve your vehicle or if you have any questions about aftermarket sway bars, please contact our experts. You can reach them by calling (866) 250-5542 and they will be happy to help you.