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1998 Chevrolet Blazer:
Reduce Body Roll, Stabilizer Bar

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I recently noticed your magazine and was glad to see that someone had finally come out with a magazine for people who enjoy trucks and SUV's, but aren't hardcore off-road nuts. I recently purchased a two-door 1998 Chevy Blazer and was wondering if there is any way to reduce the amount of body roll that occurs when turning a corner. Are there any drawbacks to the fix (if there is one)?

 

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Handling is not a strong point in this particular mid-size SUV.

 

There are methods of improving handling characteristics and reducing body roll. A vehicle's ride and handling quality is a group effort via the fine tuning of tires, shocks, springs and stabilizer bar(s). The part that is a fairly simple and inexpensive adjustment, and has a major effect on body roll, is the stabilizer bar, also known as a sway-bar or anti-sway-bar. It links one side of the suspension to the other side while pivoting at the frame, and may be used as a part of both front and rear suspensions.

 

The drawback to the stiffening of a suspension to aid in handling is a reduction of the smooth ride you've grown accustomed to. It's a give and take situation, and would have the opposite effect on handling if you were trying to improve ride quality.

 

I suggest giving Addco Industries a call at 1-800-621-8916. They are a leading producer which specializes in the manufacturing of upgraded after-market sway-bars. The founder of Addco, Roland de Marcellus, has a book entitled "Handling! What it is and How to Get it". This should be helpful in determining the safest way to gain the handling stability you're looking for, without adding an unbearable ride to your SUV.

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