: 2012 and Hotchkis sway bars



hcvone
11-22-11, 05:59 PM
I have installed Hotchkis sway bars on every Escalade I have owned, in my opinion it's the BEST mod that can be done on the truck, HOWEVER both of my 2012's for some reason GM has added weld to the top hanger support bracket on the passenger side rear, I guess maybe there were some problems with the bracket breaking, although can't really see that, this added about 30 minutes because I had to a hydraulic spreader to open the bracket, we contacted Hotchkis and told them of the problem, and if they would narrow their bracket by 1/8" the install would be even easier. Just a heads up :)

JJaiman
11-23-11, 03:00 PM
Where have you been ordering your hotchkis bars from?

luxurylife33
11-23-11, 03:16 PM
What makes the $560 Hotchkis different from the eiback $330 sway bars? are the hotchkis' thicker?

i had eibachs in my 2003 EXT and loved them!

hcvone
11-23-11, 04:24 PM
What makes the $560 Hotchkis different from the eiback $330 sway bars? are the hotchkis' thicker?

i had eibachs in my 2003 EXT and loved them!

I have had Eibach too on my 2003 Escalade and then first on my 2007, then I switched after talking to someone that had Eibach and switched to Hotchkis, since then 8 sets on all my Escalade's since the first of my 2007's. Hotchkis supplys new rear end trailing links, Eibach use the pencil sized stock ones, this makes a HUGE difference in how the rear handles IMO, look around online like Tire Rack and so on, I just got 2 sets of sway cars for my 12's and paid I believe $485.00 each or $ 490.00 each shipped. :)

Seattle
09-06-16, 12:06 AM
I have a 2011 esv and thought I'd get the hotchkis installed this weekend.....

I knew about the issues and thought it wouldnt be too bad of a problem....

Long story short, I tried multiple recommendations and other creative methods, and 8 hours later- nothing...

I even tried using the weight of the esv to press the endlinks into place...

I found a solution that is super easy if your endlinks don't just slide in like they should have been designed to do:

Take a dremmel or a grinder to the metal center pieces as those are what is too big.

You want to hammer the center metal piece in the endlink so it sticks out one side about 4mm and grind it down to the bushing.

Then hammer the metal piece so is sunken in the bushing and centered.

Then try installing it- if it doesn't fit grind off a little more until it goes in smoothly with out having to bend anything...

Voila!

Drive her around a little and much more flat around corners. Excited to install the front next weekend.