Ok guys... I'm sure we are all fed up of seeing one thread or another about knocking from the front of a 147/156/GT
Invariably, the anti roll bar bushes
... And we are also well aware of what a PITA this is to rectify DIY and even worse, paying hefty labour charges to do what seems a straight forward wear and tear item change
I have been thinking about this laterally & logically for a while now... Looking after 13 Alfa's it is now getting tiresome for me
So... I am going to need help with measurements etc. from some helpful souls
I have use of a high tensile bending machine and I was considering making a new, slightly longer and thicker AR bar... But why longer?
Simple... It isn't going to be routed the same way as OE
which lets face it, is the problem why it's so difficult.
Instead, its going to sit under the sub frame assembly
like virtually every other car marque so easy access to the dreaded bushes and brackets.
A central bend/ rise or drop either way to clear exhaust issues and a rising kink in each side of the bar to cater for the extra distance between drop links... But then again maybe not necessary if longer heavy duty adjustable rod type rally drop links are used instead.
Possible drilling and re-tapping may be required along with new heavy duty AR bush brackets obviously
I am not concerned with speed bumps and scraping... The estimated positions are behind the front wheel / body rotation fulcrum anyway
So what to do I need to know:
Thickness of outer diameter of every standard AR bar type currently fitted to all varied models?
Spring load tension design in lbs?
Simple but not as obvious as it sounds as I have never cut one to see yet... Is the bar solid or hollow and if it is hollow, how thick is the steel (inner diameter difference)?
Just because no one to my knowledge has done this, doesn't mean it can't be done so lets put our collective heads together and come up with a final solution eh?
I don't mind putting in the work, effort and cost and I also have a 156 in the family that is going to need bushes soon so an Ideal test bed.
Lets look at this with a "can do"
Please throw up possible issues or ideas but please don't say it can't be done
That just makes me more determined
I will also check the legalities of such a modification and safety with contacts in the industry
What are you waiting for?