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02-06-2014, 11:36 AM #1
Hellwig bar - do you have one?
Thinking of putting a hellwig bar on the rear axle due to problems with lateral roll when hauling a big camper.
Anyone done this? How did it work out? Ease of install, effectiveness, any deterioration in road manners?Minneapolis area - 1997 K2500 regular cab long bed + 8.5' Western Unimount plow + modified transmission + 2nd battery + modified camper charge circuit + 1971 Cayo camper -and- 2004 4x4 Suburban 2500 8.1 + Maxbrake controller + 2nd battery + modified trailer charge circuit + Reese receiver, pulls 30' Airstream trailer
02-06-2014, 11:52 AM #2
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- Apr 2010
- Piermont,NY, back in Northern NJ now, But may be in IL soon....
Drive it like a Vette Yes I have a Hellwig in front and rear and Love it.. A few others on here do too.. Install for a back sway bar about 30-45 mins when you get the bolts loose.. Good luck and let us know if we can be of any help and post pics.. Glenn08 Z71 Avalanche Mods to date: K&N CAI,Hellwig Swaybars and End Links, Corsa Sport Exhaust, Superchips Programer,IPCW LOF & 3rd brake light and tails, AMI Gas door,Show Hooks and Door locks, Enkei Wheels, with Pirelli tires, StreetScene Bowties, Grant Steering wheel,Muth signal mirrors,SSBC Big Brake kit,Huskyliner Mug gards,Floor mats and Hood shield, McGard Lug nuts and locks, Bedrug, Cervini's Ram Air hood,35watt HID Fog lights, Sylvania bulbs all around ZXE's Highs and Lows, WhiteNight Back up lights,Sirius and HD Radio, SnugTop sitting on deck now Got a Softopper on now,Tempress Boat Hatches.... New Bilstein shocks are on... New Mods coming soon..... X
02-06-2014, 11:54 AM #3
I have a hellwig front and rear bar. my truck handles better than it ever did. There is almost no body roll, a big difference from the stock sway bars. I did a test. I have a few large sweeping corners near my home, the speed limit on them drops to 35mph. Before I installed the bars I had a hard time staying at 30 mph around the curve. After the install I can easily travel 40 mph around the curve, I could probably go faster but choose not to risk ending up in the forest on one side or the lake on the other. Have you looked at the roadmaster active suspension system? a few guys here have it and like it.
Install was really easy because mine already had a rear bar so I just had to remove the old one and bolt the new one on.
Here is a write up and review I did on my install: http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...all-and-review
1995 Silverado 4x4
6" BDS Suspension Lift-3" Body Lift-Add A Leaf in rear -Trailmaster SSV Shocks-Duel Steering Stabilizer Kit -AirAid Cold air intake-
4.56 Gears with Detroit Auburn Locker-Pro-Comp Traction Bars with duel shocks-Aluminum Skid Plate Kit-38.5" x 16.5" Mickey Thompson Baja Claws-Constant Dropping fuel gauge
2005 Yukon XL Jet Power Programmer, Bilstein Shocks, Bilstein rear springs, Helwig Anti-sway bars, EGR Window Visors, EGR Hood Shield, Denali Headlights, Headlight harness upgrade, GE NightHawk Bulbs, White Night Rear lighting system, Russell Braided SS brake lines, PowerStop Brake pads, PowerStop cross drilled and Slotted Rotors, http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/sho...5-GMC-Yukon-XL
2002 Silverado ext cab 2wd (Sold)
2003 Yukon XL (Totaled)
02-06-2014, 04:12 PM #4
Thank you both. Pikey, your writeup in the other thread was quite informative.
My 1997 K2500 doesn't have a rear anti-sway bar of any kind. There's a front one.
Pikey, did the upgrade of the front sway bar make a substantial difference, beyond the improvement in handling you achieved by installing the rear one?
02-06-2014, 04:54 PM #5
I did them both at the same time so I can't tell you. I can tell you that when I change the setting of the rear you notice a major difference. I started out where they suggest (3rd hole) After a week I moved it all the way in to the 1st hole. The rear was very tight compared to the front. It would probably ok with a trailer on the back, but it just seemed wrong for everyday driving. So, I changed it to the middle hole. Overall there is much improvement in the front with the Hellwig over stock. The helwig come with urethane bushings, in theory, just that would tighten the front end without the added support of the thicker heavier bar. Any truck that I own from now on will have the helwig bars front and rear.
02-07-2014, 04:21 PM #6
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- I live just south of Philadelphia, small community that sits on the Delaware River.
I too. went the Hellwig stabilizer bar in front in 1990 Silverado, the towing package spec's out a oversize bar @ 1.25" and I found one at half the price at Summit racing but it was 1.5/16 ??? Just about the same and then I decided I'd do the rear stabilizer bar, It's a 1" bar, from Hellwig and it worked out fine. The truck is 'Taught' but not a rough ride. But it give you great handling when towing a load and going a little fast on the up and into off-Ramps or just around town. No more plowing went you turn corners or plowing while going into off or on-ramps. Just a much better handling situation overall. I installed all new springs front and rear. That helps big-time !
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