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30mm vs. 32mm sway bar

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    30mm vs. 32mm sway bar

    Just out of curiousity, how can I tell a 30mm (stock) sway bar from a 32mm (1LE) sway bar by just doing a visual inspection? Or do I just need to measure it? Probably going to be ordering some new sway bar bushings soon and I want to make sure I get the right ones. Pretty sure the front & rear sway bars on my car are the 1LE ones (32mm front/21mm rear) but I want to double-check.

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    If you got one maybe a slide caliper
    If you have metric wrenches big enough you could also find one that fits it snug

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    Yeah, I don't have either one. I'll probably just take a pipe wrench or measuring tape and measure the diameter. Ought to get me close enough.
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    Google search came up with wrapping a strip of tape or paper around the bar and measure that to get a circumference. Then you can calculate the diameter from that. Might work better than just a tape measure

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Google search came up with wrapping a strip of tape or paper around the bar and measure that to get a circumference. Then you can calculate the diameter from that. Might work better than just a tape measure
    You're on top of things tonight, Tater. Thanks for the help.

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    Always glad to help when i can

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    Hello Chris,

    I just bought a 2001 SS that is one built that year with the 1LE suspension. My previous car was a 2001 SS(NO 1LE) that I totaled on 8-31-12. From what I can visually remember, the 32 MM front sway bar has a different shape (Bends) than the 30mm one, and seems to hug the contours of the underside more closely.

    Do you know if your whole car is 1LE or just the sway bars? I am sure you are aware, but just in case, if it is all 1LE, there will be an SLP sticker on the Passenger side door saying so, and also lists all Y2Y options installed by SLP.

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    Definitely not a 1LE car. The main reason I suspect that the sway bars are 1LE are the endlink bushings, which as I recall are the 1LE endlink bushings that GM used from the factory. I remember what they look like because I installed 1LE sway bars on my '01 V6 Camaro back years ago, and I ordered the corresponding endlink bushings. The bushings are an off-white color and are more rounded than the stock ones. I guess it's also possible that somebody installed the 1LE endlinks but kept the stock sway bars.

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