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Sway Bars - St Vs Korman


Paul7002

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I am ready to replace the skinny stock bars on my '70.  Does anybody think one is better than the other?   I have ST springs, Bilstein HDs and assorted oem type bushings.

 

Both Korman and ST  are 22 mm front and 19 rear.  The Korman set is adjustable at the rear, but not sure of the ST.  The Prices between ST and Korman are close enough that it doesn't matter. 

 

The Ireland Engineering web site says they're out of stock so never mind them.

 

TIA

Paul in Richmond
'70 Chamonix
'85 535i, 2000 R1100R

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What is the length of the arm for both bars. This dimension is also important when understanding a sway bar.

 

steve k.

My ST bars measure:

 

22mm front bar "short" part of the arm: 13"  (approx. 16" from leading edge of bar to extreme tip - hard to measure)

19mm rear bar from front edge of bar to extreme tip: 16"

 

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Jim Gerock

Ruby Red 73tii built 5/30/73 "Celeste"

Riviera 69 2002 built 5/30/69 "Oscar"

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True Story

FWIW, many, many years ago (late 80s), I traveled to Korman's old shop located off US Highway 29 in Greensboro. It was an assortment of buildings, perhaps two or three, that he had grown into over the years. I purchased a set of sway bars for my '73 Bavaria. As I was preparing to put them on the car, I saw that there was a Korman sticker in the center of the bar. But you could also see another, larger sticker under the first. Of course I peeled it off to reveal . . . a Suspension Techniques sticker!

But when you think about it, it makes sense that the smaller players outsource certain items from the larger ones who specialize in their market. But usually, traces of the original source are removed.

Anyway, still have the Bavaria with the sway bars on them tucked in the shed. It's been to one Vintage (where Scott Sturdy gave it the Patina Award) and maybe it will make next year's. Don't remember if I left any stickers on the bars though . . . .

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