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So what are our options now that the DJM is unavailable?
Hotchkis offers a 1-1/16" bar
Belltech offers a 1-1/8" bar
Nolathane offers a 30MM bar (1.181" which is .056" bigger than the Belltech bar)
Addco looks to be unavailable
 

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So what are our options now that the DJM is unavailable?
Hotchkis offers a 1-1/16" bar
Belltech offers a 1-1/8" bar
Nolathane offers a 30MM bar (1.181" which is .056" bigger than the Belltech bar)
Addco looks to be unavailable
Good question! I’m wrapping up my motor rebuild so the suspension is next.


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I hear good things about the Nolathane bar. I have a DJM that I payed way to much for years ago when they were nearly $275.

I’m thinking about switching just to see if there’s a difference.
 

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As far as I can tell the Nolathane doesn’t have the stops to keep the bar from walking to either side. It may just be a somewhat generic picture so I may be wrong. Either way, it wouldn't be a dealbreaker if I had to make my own on the mill. Do you think it isn’t needed? I wonder too if the thicker bar will be better or if the extra .056” is too much.
I hear good things about the Nolathane bar. I have a DJM that I payed way to much for years ago when they were nearly $275.

I’m thinking about switching just to see if there’s a difference.
 

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I honestly don’t know the answer to that question.


Personally I think coil spring rear suspensions would benefit from a Slightly heavier stiffer rear bar.

I’m sure the djm and hotchkis bars were designed with a largely stock suspension in mind. In which case it will take less bar to overcome a softer factory shock and rear air spring, than the much stiffer 30.5” kit. So it seems believable that a little heavier bar may produce favorable results for front end grip and rear roll stability.

I’ll probably order one and pending the results sell my DJM bar.
 

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I run my DJM on the stiffer setting even with KW Coilovers. It definitely helped make the car more neutral. With that said, I think the Saab 9-7X front sway bar is 2 mm larger in diameter than the TBSS front sway bar.

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That’s odd that the front bar would be larger. Are any of the other suspension components different from the SS ?
I run my DJM on the stiffer setting even with KW Coilovers. It definitely helped make the car more neutral. With that said, I think the Saab 9-7X front sway bar is 2 mm larger in diameter than the TBSS front sway bar.

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I see that you own a 9-7. Have you measured the front bar?
I run my DJM on the stiffer setting even with KW Coilovers. It definitely helped make the car more neutral. With that said, I think the Saab 9-7X front sway bar is 2 mm larger in diameter than the TBSS front sway bar.

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Just installed the Nolathane but cant drive it until the Maggie swap is done. Bar installed easy and looks beefy.
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Just checked both my 07 and 09 front bars.. both 36mm. the 08-09 bar design allows for easier endlinks with better geometry but requires you to change to 08-09 lower control arms. I decided a while ago to change my 07 to the later design and acquired the parts but haven't installed yet... Interestingly, the 36mm 2008 bar came off a V8 Envoy... Not sure how many 08-09 non-SS, non-Aero gmt360's came with the 36mm front bar, or if it's exclusive to just V8's or what.
 

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Anyone worried about a swaybar not having a color or welded tab, that it could ‘walk’ side to side. Its an easy fix

expensive fix McMaster-Carr

cheap is a worm drive hose clamp. Both work fine
 

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I honestly don’t know the answer to that question.


Personally I think coil spring rear suspensions would benefit from a Slightly heavier stiffer rear bar.

I’m sure the djm and hotchkis bars were designed with a largely stock suspension in mind. In which case it will take less bar to overcome a softer factory shock and rear air spring, than the much stiffer 30.5” kit. So it seems believable that a little heavier bar may produce favorable results for front end grip and rear roll stability.

I’ll probably order one and pending the results sell my DJM bar.
I honestly don’t know the answer to that question.


Personally I think coil spring rear suspensions would benefit from a Slightly heavier stiffer rear bar.

I’m sure the djm and hotchkis bars were designed with a largely stock suspension in mind. In which case it will take less bar to overcome a softer factory shock and rear air spring, than the much stiffer 30.5” kit. So it seems believable that a little heavier bar may produce favorable results for front end grip and rear roll stability.

I’ll probably order one and pending the results sell my DJM bar.
I honestly don’t know the answer to that question.


Personally I think coil spring rear suspensions would benefit from a Slightly heavier stiffer rear bar.

I’m sure the djm and hotchkis bars were designed with a largely stock suspension in mind. In which case it will take less bar to overcome a softer factory shock and rear air spring, than the much stiffer 30.5” kit. So it seems believable that a little heavier bar may produce favorable results for front end grip and rear roll stability.

I’ll probably order one and pending the results sell my DJM bar.
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Ill buy that djm bar if your willing to sell
 
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