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    Rubbing on sway bars

    Has anyone experienced this and if so what did you do to fix it. I have 295/35/24, hotchkis sway bars and have belltech drop spindles. I apologize for asking like a mofo but trying to fix it before I decide to go back to stock height. Thanks in advance

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    I'm the opposite of you and have the same rubbing issues... I have 305-45-22's on stock Cad wheels with 2" leveling kit. Even before the larger tires and leveling kit, my stock sway bars had the exact same marks. I think it is just how it is from the factory. I'd be more concerned about the tires contacting the inner fenders, as you show in your first picture.

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    Yeah pretty sure they are all like that from factory, from what I remember. I have 26's on a 2/3 drop and had to cut my fenders all up. I also have 305/30/26's though so 305 tires is where you get the more rubbing with. 295's are the better size for drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToddEdge View Post
    I'm the opposite of you and have the same rubbing issues... I have 305-45-22's on stock Cad wheels with 2" leveling kit. Even before the larger tires and leveling kit, my stock sway bars had the exact same marks. I think it is just how it is from the factory. I'd be more concerned about the tires contacting the inner fenders, as you show in your first picture.

    Todd
    But won't that prematurely wear the tire in the spot where it hits the sway bar?

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    No.. If it rubs it isn't doing much to the tires. Mostly you might get a little rub at full lock and it isn't like you are turning the vehicle at 50mph at full lock. I had same thing on my 07 Tahoe same area with 26's lowered had 26's and it lowered for probably 4 years without any issues. Now I have a '10 Escalade and see the same marks on the sway but no issues as well.

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    So like Todd said just have my plastics pushed back a Lil to give more clearance

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    Yub that is all heat it up and push back.

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackedoutlt3 View Post
    Yub that is all heat it up and push back.
    good looking out

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    It's funny I have the same marks on mine also and my tires are 305/40/22 with a 2" drop in front and 3" drop in the rear.. But I never ever hear it rub or anything I just seen the same marks that your talking about..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.SWAG View Post
    It's funny I have the same marks on mine also and my tires are 305/40/22 with a 2" drop in front and 3" drop in the rear.. But I never ever hear it rub or anything I just seen the same marks that your talking about..
    I only hear it when I go full turn to the right but not really on left side,but it must as there are marks on the sway bar

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    What you probably are just hearing the liners rubbing.

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackedoutlt3 View Post
    Yub that is all heat it up and push back.
    just came back from a few spots and no one wanted to touch it, and said the drop is the issue and that I can barely fit a pad of paper between fender and tire and I have to cut the honeycomb section about 6 x 1 inches and twist tie it down in rear and the front have to bend some shit to create room.....May just go back to stock. Shit seems like too much work for a drop kit

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    I have run many 24's and 26's we made and never rubbed my Hotchkis sway bars, but a set of 24's I purchased in 2007 rubbed the sway bars but that was because the offset was off slightly on the wheels. There is a "little" play in the front sway bar (left to right), depending on how much of the tire is rubbing you maybe able to move the sway bar enough to stop this, I used 305/35/24's.

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    Depending on where you are from a member on this forum just dropped his Escalade in FL with same kit with 24's. His name is soulsea.. PM him and ask him what shop he used because they did same drop helped him with his liners and I know he says he doesn't rub.

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    Re: Rubbing on sway bars

    im in North FL now but lived in Miami and may make the drive to have it hooked up

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