Less body roll with a flatter ride and better steering response means a great handling Stingray that's faster through the turns and more fun to drive.
Looking beyond its over-the-top quality bodywork, paint and chrome plating, this 1968 Corvette Stingray restored from the ground up at Hot Rods by Dean is a faithful restoration with at first glance subtle upgrades undetectable to the human eye. Looking at this 1 of 3,374 '68 Stingrays in Corvette Bronze one might not imagine the tweaks that have been done to make it a better car.
As covered in prior Vette tech articles, the IRS and brakes on this '68 are improved stock configurations. And, of course, always a subject of interest to a Corvette aficionado are the rare options and options that were never available, but could have been. Take, for instance, a rear sway bar was standard on all big-block Stingrays, but never an option for a small-block Stingray. The F41 package that included stiffer shocks on small-block '68s was sans rear sway bar.
Adding a rear sway bar (antiroll bar) to an early small-block Stingray is a worthy improvement and thanks to Corvette Central they have a selection to choose from based on one's needs. For the '68 featured we went with a 5/8-inch rear sway bar. Additionally, Corvette Central stocks a heavier 3/4-inch diameter rear sway bar and also a rear sway bar engineered to work with deep backspaced rear wheels.
The 5/8-inch bar is the perfect compliment to go with a standard specification front sway bar. Note, as the diameter of a sway bar increases the chances of ride harshness increases.
We are expecting the handling and the ride for this car to be incredible; better than a new '68 Corvette ever was. The rear spring is a brand-new stock specification Detroit Eaton rated at 140-lb/in with a spring pack of six curved and three straight springs. The F41 spring is rated at 305-lb/in and the Daytona spring 450-lb/in.
At the heart of ride quality is the shock absorbers ability to damp the springs on compression and rebound. It's amazing the improvement a premium quality shock can make. The shock absorbers at all four corners are QA1, with single-adjustable (double- and non-adjustable versions are available) 403 Aluminum Stocker Stars on the rear.
Installing a rear sway bar on a 1968 Corvette is a weekend project any DIY guy with a few basic tools can take on. The rear sway bar mounting points came standard on the body of every 1968 Corvette produced and adding the pickup points necessary to bolt on a rear sway bar is easy work with a decent command of rudimentary mechanical skills. Vette