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Here is how a sawy bar works

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#1 ronsmith100

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 08:00 AM

The sway bar seems to be misunderstood. Ergo the graphic.
I will leave it to Bob or others to explain what is going on in the graphic animation.

Feel free to right click and download the graphic and then use it as a reference attachment.
You must click on it to animate

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Edited by ronsmith100, 15 March 2007 - 02:46 PM.

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#2 Bobinyelm

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Posted 15 March 2007 - 03:55 PM

Cool, Ron. Looks like a dancer shaking his "bootie."

I assume that the later part of the animation depicts what can happen on ice if the sway bar is set too tighly (causing the tires to lose traction w/ the highway).

Of course, any significant sway on ice would break the tires loose even w/out a sway bar, anyway, but in that case the sway bar (manufacturer) couldn't be blamed (sued).

You are a man of many talents. Thanks!


Edited by Bobinyelm, 15 March 2007 - 03:57 PM.

#3 Jacquee Larry and Muffin

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Posted 17 March 2007 - 04:57 AM

That was great! My wife just asked me how a sway bar works, and I was waving my arms trying to explain without a picture. I ran your graphic, and she said: oh, that's simple. Thank you.

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#4 cnold

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 04:41 AM

The later part of the animation also depicts what happens when backing a trailer with the sway bar attached. Instead of pivoting on the ball, the Casita swings like a pendulum do.
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