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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 17, 8:10 AM Thread Starter
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Adapter for jack for use with rear sway bar

Since I have installed a rear sway bar it is a pain to jack the rear at the bottom carrier housing. I have been using a block I made to clear the sway bar and still catch the bottom of the housing. But I have to be careful it is placed just right.

Does anyone make an adapter for a floor jack that would help ? Or anyone have made something them selves? Thanks
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 17, 8:25 AM
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Re: Adapter for jack for use with rear sway bar

I've never had any issues, I just place the jack forward enough to clear the sway bar and yet center under the pumpkin.
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Re: Adapter for jack for use with rear sway bar

I saw it here a while back......

I bought a small rubber wheel.....6" diameter.
And modified it to sit securely in my jack cup.


Then I installed the pro tour rear bar that mounts to the axle and moves bar enough that adapter not needed lol
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I put a short piece of wood between the top of the bar & bottom of the rear.
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Re: Adapter for jack for use with rear sway bar

I have a Hein Warner jack that has about a 5" saddle on it. I just put a 2x4 on the jack saddle push the jack under the housing in front of the ridge of the housing where the bolts go and jack it up. The 2x4 gives it just enough clearance to clear the bar.

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I put a short piece of wood between the top of the bar & bottom of the rear.
I do the same.Works fine,simple solution and no damage or slipping.

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I just position the lip of the cup on my jack between the sway bar and the bottom of the differential.
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I just position the lip of the cup on my jack between the sway bar and the bottom of the differential.
IIRC, that's what I used to do... I'd place the jack under the rear, but just in front of the sway bar, and as the cradle cleared the sway bar, I'd pull the jack back. The cradle of the jack was oriented (by me), with one of the four "teeth" being behind the rearend cover, which helped (in my mind) keep the car from sliding "forward" off the jack...


Of course, the last time I used that "factory" sway bar was 1985... But I still have the same jack...
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I just position the lip of the cup on my jack between the sway bar and the bottom of the differential.
The problem I see with this is your jacking the car with the edge of the saddle instead of spreading the weight over the center of the saddle which isn't a very good practice either. Have you ever seen a jack with an edge cracked off of the side of the saddle, I have.

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The problem I see with this is your jacking the car with the edge of the saddle instead of spreading the weight over the center of the saddle which isn't a very good practice either. Have you ever seen a jack with an edge cracked off of the side of the saddle, I have.
FWIW....I just bought a pair of "rubber" pads from Summit just for this purpose..to protect the chassis while jacking, about $7.00 each if I recall. Does just what is advertised.
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Re: Adapter for jack for use with rear sway bar

When I had a 12-bolt my jack saddle just barely did fit in between the sway bar and the differential. Since converting to a 9" the sway bar sits maybe a 3/4" below the differential housing, no way to get the saddle in between there. I just put the jack under the sway bar and it gets pushed up a bit before the saddle corners catch......I see no harm in it.

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Re: Adapter for jack for use with rear sway bar

I have always just put the saddle under the sway bar in the middle and jacked it up that way, the sway bar goes up against the housing and doesn't hurt anything. Been doing it like this for decades.

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 27th, 17, 11:32 AM
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I have always just put the saddle under the sway bar in the middle and jacked it up that way, the sway bar goes up against the housing and doesn't hurt anything. Been doing it like this for decades.
Me too. 33 years of jacking cars and never had an issue.
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The problem I see with this is your jacking the car with the edge of the saddle instead of spreading the weight over the center of the saddle which isn't a very good practice either. Have you ever seen a jack with an edge cracked off of the side of the saddle, I have.
In reality, this isn't the case...

The rear of the saddle goes between the housing and the swaybar, and the saddle "teeth" kind of hook around the back/cover... But the front of the saddle also contacts the bottom of the rearend, so the weight was being supported on both sides of the saddle, and therefore the weight is distributed to the center of the saddle...

For mine, it was exactly the same as jacking without the swaybar, EXCEPT you had to push the saddle in front of the sway bar, raise the jack slightly, and pull the jack/saddle back over the swaybar (obviously just the edge of the saddle over the swaybar)...

If the saddle is only under the middle of the differential, the jack can slide, which is why I like to "hook" the saddle ahead and behind the cover flange.

I have never seen a saddle break.
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