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GTsRFine
David Maples
Georgia
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Registered:
10/23/2007 01:43PM

Main British Car:
74 MGBGT stock

Ron Hopkinson sway bars
Posted by: GTsRFine
Date: February 29, 2008 09:49PM

In the parts boxes that came with the junker 67 GT was a Ron Hopkinson sway bar kit with a beefier front sway bar and an add-on rear sway bar. In one of the back issues (way, way back) of Practical Classics, I seem to recall that there were some problems associated with the rear bars' drop link. Something about it being too small or having a design flaw of some kind. Does anyone recall something similar? I notice that the Hopkinson kits aren't for sale anymore.

Would it be worth the effort (improved handling vs. extra work) to salvage this kit to use on a 74 GT? I was thinking of making stronger drop links, IF that was the heart of the problem.


harv8
Martyn Harvey
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
(179 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 10:09PM

Main British Car:
MGB Rover V8, TVR Chevy V8, MGB GT Ford V8

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Re: Ron Hopkinson sway bars
Posted by: harv8
Date: March 02, 2008 09:23PM

I've used these sway bars on 4 different MGBs and experienced almost no problems. I did make new drop links for the rear sway bar on one of my cars.... because of changing the ride height and controlling a heavier Ford 8.8" rear end.


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