Now that you've installed a set of suspension lowering springs it essential that you complete the suspension upgrades and add front and rear anti sway bars. The sway bars main purpose in life is to try and keep your Colbalt's body from rolling to the outside edge in sharp turns.
Let's talk about your Cobalt's cornering and how the bars function and the benefits to you and your Cobalt.
Sway bars are also referred to as stabilizer bars, sway bars, roll bars or ARB. For this article we will use the term sway bar.
Sway bars is a u shaped steel piece with short lever type arms that connects to the car body at two points and at left and the right sides of the suspension. It is recommended that you add sway barsto the front and rear of your Cobalt. You can purchase the front and rear sway bars individually if you wish.
Think about being inside your Cobalt during a sharp turn. You feel yourself being pulled toward the outside of your car, so the outside edge of your Cobalt gets pushed down toward the asphalt which is referred to as positive camber and the inside edge of your Cobalt raises up in the turn referred to as negative camber. The result is a reduction in cornering grip. It's not unusual to experience car rolls of 10 to 30 degrees and your Cobalt's inside tires could even rise off the pavement in extreme corning. Roll places more weight on the outside tires and less on the inside tires which reductions.
Sway bars reduce body lean and limits under steer while your vehicle is maneuvering through turns. The bar resists torsion through is stiffness which is based on several factors. When determining stiffness, engineers base it on the 4th power of it diameter, the stiffness its material, the inverse of the length of the lever arms, the geometry of the mounting points and the rigidity of the mounting points. Sway bars intended for racing are usually adjustable. Pit crews will adjust stiffness by increasing or reducing the length of the lever arms. The stiffer the sway bar the more force is required to move the left and right wheels relative to each other. In other words stiffer increases the amount of force required to make your Cobalt's body roll.
Installing sway bars on your Cobalt reduces roll without making the suspension springs stiffer which allows for a more controlled and comfortable ride.
What are you waiting for complete your suspension upgrades now and install a pair of sway bars.
- · · Front and Rear Anti Sway Bars
- · · Also Known as Anti Roll Bars or Stabilizer Bars
- · · Purchased Sway Bar Individually or As in a Kit
- · · Changing Springs is Recommended
- · · Improves Cornering and Reduces Wheel Hop