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Old Apr 7th, 11, 7:16 PM
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I have been researching the lakewood ladderbars and I have heard pretty much NOTHING good about them. I have been hearing things from them ripping out and ruining frames and rearends and binding to the point where the suspension doesn't move.

My dad has them on his 71 chevelle since he was in high school and they have never been a problem. I tried installing them on my 68 chevelle a couple years ago and it bound up the suspension and wouldn't let it move. My dads suspension moves up and down like stock while mine wouldn't move at all.

I wouldn't try them again, but I broke the front sway bar which I didn't really want for the track anyway. This makes the car lean ridiculously far even when I am trying to pull it out of the shop (spool).

I was wondering if I got them to not bind the suspension at all like my dads car, would they help a little with the leaning problem? I am saving for an anti-roll bar, but I don't have the money and I already have the ladder bars. I just want to drive it until I get the anti-roll bar without looking stupid

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Old Apr 7th, 11, 7:23 PM
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Default Bolt-On Lakewood Ladder Bar

I have been researching the lakewood ladderbars and I have heard pretty much NOTHING good about them. I have been hearing things from them ripping out and ruining frames and rearends and binding to the point where the suspension doesn't move.

My dad has them on his 71 chevelle since he was in high school and they have never been a problem. I tried installing them on my 68 chevelle a couple years ago and it bound up the suspension and wouldn't let it move. My dads suspension moves up and down like stock while mine wouldn't move at all.

I wouldn't try them again, but I broke the front sway bar which I didn't really want for the track anyway. This makes the car lean ridiculously far even when I am trying to pull it out of the shop (spool).

I was wondering if I got them to not bind the suspension going up and down like my dads car, would they help a little with the leaning problem? I am saving for an anti-roll bar, but I don't have the money and I already have the ladder bars. I just want to drive it until I get the anti-roll bar without looking stupid I don't really care about a rough ride.

Any thoughts on this?I know what the answer will probably be, but I just want to know if the ladder bars could POSSIBLY help with the body roll.

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Old Apr 7th, 11, 7:54 PM
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It will prevent body roll, but there is no way to prevent binding. They move in a different arc than the rest of the suspension. If you are worried about it, put a stock rear sway bar in it. It will help tie it together.
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Old Apr 7th, 11, 8:28 PM
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No way I would use the Lakewoods. I like the rear sway bar idea above, but unless you trailer it everywhere I would run a front sway bar.
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Old Apr 7th, 11, 8:32 PM
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ladder bars, spool, no front bar, not really safe to drive on the street at all. you should trailer it. IMO, YMMV, all that cop-out jazz.
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Old Apr 7th, 11, 8:43 PM
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Please post your question in only one section rather than spamming it in multiple sections. moving this to Suspension with the other, which is where it should have been in the first place.
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Old Apr 7th, 11, 10:02 PM
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Sorry about that. I tried to just put in the suspension section, but it looked like it didn't work because I couldn't see it. Then I decided to try the performance section where its always worked for me. Must of had some type of delay?

I was so frustrated when I tried them the first time that I just took them off and didn't try them again. I actually took your advice and talked to some people and found a factory ss sway bar for a 64 chevelle... will that work on a 68?
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Old Apr 7th, 11, 10:15 PM
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Sway bars interchange form 64-72. I'd want to keep the 7/8 front bar if you're not running a rear bar. The rear bar can't be used in conjunction with the ladder bars. I'm wondering if the binding may be caused by your choice of bushings??

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Old Apr 7th, 11, 10:43 PM
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Well my friend has the rear sway bar and control arms with the mounts for it that he will let me use until I get the anti roll bar. I am now back to forgetting those ladder bars forever

I had the rubber bushings in the ladder bars. Not sure why it bound up on my car, but didn't on my dads.

Will a factory sway bar do much at the drag strip or not really?
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ladder bars, spool, no front bar, not really safe to drive on the street at all. you should trailer it. IMO, YMMV, all that cop-out jazz.
What makes it unsafe on the street? Just wondering, because I just bought a 68 with ladder bars.....
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Sway bars interchange form 64-72. I'd want to keep the 7/8 front bar if you're not running a rear bar. The rear bar can't be used in conjunction with the ladder bars. I'm wondering if the binding may be caused by your choice of bushings??

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Please explain in more detail. Thanx in advance.
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Old Jan 24th, 12, 8:31 PM
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spool, no differential action. stepping on the gas while in a turn may cause the car to straighten out, off the outside you go. any throttle at all on a wet street will cause excitement going around corners. ladder bars bars just bind up the the rear suspension. no front bar causes the well-known tuna-boat effect. horrible driving car.
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Default Re: Bolt-On Lakewood Ladder Bars

lakewood ladder bars have been around a long time when welded in they tend to tear out of the frame when properly installed bolted in with backing plate they stiffen the rear plant the tires iv had them for years very street able here is a pic of them working
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I don't have any thoughts on this particular subject. Because i don't know about this. I think suspension is very important in car. I never face this problem.
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lakewood ladder bars have been around a long time when welded in they tend to tear out of the frame when properly installed bolted in with backing plate they stiffen the rear plant the tires iv had them for years very street able here is a pic of them working
I know this is an old post but do you still have your chevelle and do you still have the lakewood ladder bars on it?


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