|This mod was done a few years ago, approx 11/2009, thanks to fellow TC'r. I just stumbled on old pic so adding page.|
Couple of years after installing Air Lift bags-and installeing the dual wheel kit I still wanted more sway control. I started looking at larger sway bars. It occurred to me that the F350 drw bar might work. Our rear bar was very small, the F350 DRW bar is huge, quite a bit larger but unsure if I can mount to my 3/4 ton F250 'sterling' axle. A lot of research and looking at some different trucks decided I still wasnt sure if sway bar from an F350 drw would bolt up. I figured there must be gazillions of factory bars laying around and be easy upgrade for folks if I could make it work, wanted to find a take off from someone who replaced with an aftermarket sway bar to see if it would fit without spending any money. If it did then Id order a larger bar for a drw. ( I assumed, as alot of folks replace thiers, if I could get it to fit I'd still need to order a larger one)
. I was contacted by couple of folks close by who also frequent the forum and responded. They had thier old bars-free for the taking, So drove down to pick up thier old bars. Well apperantly a miscomunication on my part but the bars were also from F250's. However the rear was almost twice the size of mine...? So I took them home.
As you can see the stock bar given to me considerably larger than mine. My rear bar was less that 3/4"ø (0.728") the recieved bar is almost 1 3/16"ø (1.174"). To this day I do not know what or why the different bars on F250s although was an extended cab long bed. Not sure as. At any rate I did mount the 'new' rear bar just to see. Wow. With the larger bar the truck just handles flat...I cant imaging going any heavier-It did stiffen overall ride. But for the handling it was amazing. I would have liked to persue installing a DRW bar-making its configuration work as its completey different from the F250 SRW bar and there are a ton of em out there 'free'. But with such a huge improvement my needs were met. Just didnt persue.
So other than sharing my free 'upgrade' if you are in need of more sway controll-before ordering a rear bar- look at what you have. If its the small 3/4" rear bar check around-you might be able to upgrade for 'free' to 1 1/8"+ . Aftermarket bars are upward 1 1/2" & better-
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