: sway bar

06-28-10, 07:51 AM
I have a 1987 Brougham and I was wondering if the rear sway bar was an option? Was it part of the towing kit? I don't have one on my car.
There is a guy selling parts and on his parts car he got a rear sway bar.
He's selling it for 30 bucks.
Is it worth it? Does it change the handling? I know the car is a boat but improvement is never bad. Also is there another sway bar at the front or a bigger one?
I mean is it worth it to just get the rear one ?Or should I get the front one too, if it's the case?

06-28-10, 08:14 AM
You can use sway bars on your car from any B or D-body car pretty much from 77-96.

The big ones from the cop cars would yield the biggest improvement. Or from a '94-96 Impala SS. :)

06-28-10, 09:10 AM
I have one on my 87 brougham d'eligance, if that helps.

It was on it when I bought it so I assume it's stock.

06-28-10, 10:12 AM
I have both front and rear on my 91.

06-28-10, 12:12 PM
Thanks guys.
So in that case if I want to add these to my car then I'll be looking for the bigger ones.

06-28-10, 12:14 PM
This should be added to the RWD FAQ. The question comes up every few months it seems.

[/hint at Jayoldschool]


06-28-10, 12:23 PM
There is also brackets that go with the swaybar to mount to the control arm.

06-28-10, 01:15 PM
Sway Bars (front) and Stabilizer Bars (rear) are standard issue. The improvement will be better cornering; I'm sure now if you take a corner at any speed, you feel like the ass end is walking out on you.The thicker the stabilizer, the more it controls the body's tendency to lean or roll during turns, which leads to less under/over steer issues.

06-28-10, 02:51 PM
The rear stabilizer on my 1991 with the tow package is massive. You can see it hanging down there if you pull up behind it at a light. There isn't a lot of body roll either, handles respectably for such a big car.

06-29-10, 09:47 AM
So I got to get myself a set opf those bars.
Couldn't really find a company that makes them for these cars.
Hotchkis? OR something like that...
So I could get them for any B or D body cars right? As it was said initially?
Any other companies that you would recommend?

06-29-10, 10:53 AM
I think most people try to find them in junkyards. Not sure if there are many aftermarket options for them.

06-29-10, 12:17 PM
OK I went on Hotchkis' site and there's a lot of goodies that would fit a B-body platform. Doesn't that mean those items should be bolt-ons to the 1987 Brougham too?
Sorry for questions to which answers might be obvious to most of you guys but I am new to these cars.

This is an interesting article:

Also I see I could start with a Buick frame brace, GM P/N 10225142
Is this a bolt on also or do I have to drill holes in the frame? Where does it go? I suspect at the back but I was not able to find a pic of it installed.

07-10-10, 12:00 PM
I put a set from BMR Fabrication for an Impala SS on my Fleetwood...... they're the biggest I've seen, and my car corners very flat. The rear is 1.5" and the front is 1 3/8". They were far less expensive than the Hotchkis bars, and they sure corner nice!


On this pic, you can see it down at the bottom of the engine compartment:

07-10-10, 01:47 PM
Just find a set of bars off of a 91-96 Caprice 9C1 (police), a 91-93 Caprice LTZ, a 94-96 Caprice B4U, or a 94-96 Impala SS. These cars all got the largest sway bars to be installed on the B/D platform. Grab the rear lower control arms, too, since that will ensure that you will be able to mount the rear bar correctly.

I can't believe how small the bar is on the 4100 cars. It is the diameter of a pencil! Bars on the Cadillac 90-92 trailer package (5.7) cars would be a decent choice, too.

07-14-10, 10:25 PM
guys thanks for the info
I will check on those things