1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Hellwig vs Hotchkis sway bars and how hard to install

Discussion in 'Street Suspension' started by eshahak, Oct 19, 2020.

Sponsored By: DJM Belltech
  1. Doubeleive

    Doubeleive Supporting Member

    Posts:
    13,761
    Likes Received:
    15,945
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2017
    Location:
    Stockton, Ca.
    Name:
    Wes
    NO you do not need any spacers
     
    rdhogg likes this.
  2. rdhogg

    rdhogg Full Access Member

    Posts:
    119
    Likes Received:
    192
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Location:
    Houston
    Name:
    Jerry
    Thanks for the heads up on being heavy. It'll have to be a jack in my case.
     
  3. rdhogg

    rdhogg Full Access Member

    Posts:
    119
    Likes Received:
    192
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Location:
    Houston
    Name:
    Jerry
    Good to hear. Spacers would have added more potential for rust, ha
     
  4. rdhogg

    rdhogg Full Access Member

    Posts:
    119
    Likes Received:
    192
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Location:
    Houston
    Name:
    Jerry
    I just noticed that you in stalled a couple of 8" light bars under the rear bumper for additional back up lighting. Could you post some pictures of how you mounted them and where did you tie into the back-up lighting wiring. I have put CREE LED bulbs in but it still does not give the light I want for backing up. Thanks for your help
     
  5. Joseph Garcia

    Joseph Garcia Supporting Member

    Posts:
    2,034
    Likes Received:
    2,387
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2018
    Name:
    Joseph

    Hellwig's instructions say that if you have the 6 speed transmission, you need to install the spacers. But, their instructions also apply to GMC/Chevy pickup trucks, as well, so the spacers may be specifically needed for those vehicles. While upon visual inspection, the Hellwig sway bar did not seem to be in danger of contacting the transmission cooling lines (though the truck was not in a position where the middle of the sway bar was at it highest travel apex), I installed the spacers on my truck anyway, just in case, as I did not want to chance having crushed transmission cooling lines.
     
  6. Joseph Garcia

    Joseph Garcia Supporting Member

    Posts:
    2,034
    Likes Received:
    2,387
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2018
    Name:
    Joseph
    I had the same issue. I put a good set of LED backup lights in backup light sockets, and while much improved over stock filament light bulbs, it was still not nearly enough for me to easily navigate my driveway in the dark.

    Photos:

    Light attachment setup:

    https://www.tahoeyukonforum.com/thr...backing-up-to-see-better.111002/#post-1329194

    Light bar light pattern:

    https://www.tahoeyukonforum.com/threads/what-is-this-button-solved.120958/page-9
     
  7. the_tool_man

    the_tool_man Full Access Member

    Posts:
    506
    Likes Received:
    1,031
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2018
    Location:
    Upstate South Carolina
    Name:
    John
    Any deals out there on the sway bars? Everywhere I look the prices are identical, $651.42 for both.
     
  8. Doubeleive

    Doubeleive Supporting Member

    Posts:
    13,761
    Likes Received:
    15,945
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2017
    Location:
    Stockton, Ca.
    Name:
    Wes
    I found the best price for one on amazon and the other one on ebay
    sd truck springs is there main dealer.
     
  9. Russ Giles

    Russ Giles TYF Newbie

    Posts:
    8
    Likes Received:
    12
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2021
    Name:
    Rusty
    Just installed front and rear Hotchkis Sway bars and Moog sway bar links on my 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali. Bought the complete front and rear kit which did not say in the description but included basic front sway bar links in the box.
    Old rear bar was looking aged and sway bar links were showing some rust.
    Quality fit and finish with zerk fitting to lube the rubber bushings and rear lower sway link ball joint. Install was straight forward except the supplied bolts were short and used an allen key which does allow for higher torque, so after trial and error I reused the OEM bolts with the supplied washers.
    Feels better with less body lean.
    Just because a one company says they have a solid bar does not make it stiffer than a hollow bar. Stiffness is a function of the metal blend, and the hardening process. a solid block of cheese is still cheese. If the the hollow bar is hardened and shaped properly it will be stronger and more stiff at less weight.
     
    rdhogg and the_tool_man like this.
  10. rdhogg

    rdhogg Full Access Member

    Posts:
    119
    Likes Received:
    192
    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2011
    Location:
    Houston
    Name:
    Jerry
    Thanks for the review, I had ADDCO bars ordered from SDTruck Springs but the delivery was out in June, canceled it and ordered Hellwig , should be here 4/13, Rear bar has new Links( don't know if they have zerk fittings or not)but needed to order Mevotech TTX replacement links for the front.
     

Share This Page