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I am planning on using Hotchkis suspension parts on my '03 Dakota Sport Plus. Because the full kit is expensive, I have been debating whether or not to buy the Hotchkis anti-sway bars.

I called Hotchkis to get the dimensions on their bars:
FRONT: 1 7/16" dia (1.4375" or 36.5mm)
REAR: 15/16" dia (.9375" or 23.8mm)

Here are the measurements on my truck ('03 Dakota Sport Plus):
FRONT: 1.45" dia (36.8mm)
REAR: 0.60" dia (15.2mm)

These were measured with a dial caliper while laying on my back in the street, so they are accurate enough for comparison purposes. :)

Looks like the front bar is about the same size: no reason to buy the Hotchkis up there, but the rear one is about 1/3 smaller. I might consider buying that one -- or adding it later down the road.

What I don't know is if the Hotchkis bars are shaped differently to account for the mild drop.

I just thought I'd share this info to save someone a trip to measure the stock anti-sway bars.

-don
 

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I am planning on using Hotchkis suspension parts on my '03 Dakota Sport Plus. Because the full kit is expensive, I have been debating whether or not to buy the Hotchkis anti-sway bars.

I called Hotchkis to get the dimensions on their bars:
FRONT: 1 7/16" dia (1.4375" or 36.5mm)
REAR: 15/16" dia (.9375" or 23.8mm)

Here are the measurements on my truck ('03 Dakota Sport Plus):
FRONT: 1.45" dia (36.8mm)
REAR: 0.60" dia (15.2mm)

These were measured with a dial caliper while laying on my back in the street, so they are accurate enough for comparison purposes. :)

Looks like the front bar is about the same size: no reason to buy the Hotchkis up there, but the rear one is about 1/3 smaller. I might consider buying that one -- or adding it later down the road.

What I don't know is if the Hotchkis bars are shaped differently to account for the mild drop.

I just thought I'd share this info to save someone a trip to measure the stock anti-sway bars.

-don
The insides of the bars may be different thicknesses as well - if the factory bars are thin and the Hotchkis bars are thick you will see an improvement in handling up front.
 

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ha i used search and found a thread i almost re-created!! i wanna improve my handling by droppin my truck and was curious about th sways. so, are hotchkis sways really that much better than sport sways? wat about compared to r/t sways? would love to hear from th r/t guys who swapped sways
 

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yes they are really that much better!!!
 
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i have hotchkis ones...handles like a dream
 

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Unless they changed the factory sways over the years, the stocck front sway is smaller and lighter than the Hotchkis one when compared side by side.
 
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