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question on rear sway bar and comp suspension.
#11
I installed a 1-1/8" front and 3/4" rear and couldn't be happier.

Jeff T.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passengers.
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#12
droptop73;136099 Wrote:I installed a 1-1/8" front and 3/4" rear and couldn't be happier.

droptop73,
Did you buy both from Addco?
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#13
i have the same setup both from addco.

I did make a change. Addco comes with poly bushings for the sway and the end links. I swapped to rubber versions because the squeaking drove me nuts.

on the front end i also had to play around with the shoulder bolt length and spacers for the links, i have a lowered front spring set and the stock shoulder bolt and spacers had the sway sitting wrong it the end was pushed up so i used 67 mustang end link bolts and spacers and lowered the end links to get the sway to sit level.

the stock setup was also binding with my strut rods so by changing the angle of the bar i gained enough clearance so it didn't hit anymore.
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#14
72HCODE;136110 Wrote:i have the same setup both from addco.

I did make a change. Addco comes with poly bushings for the sway and the end links. I swapped to rubber versions because the squeaking drove me nuts.

on the front end i also had to play around with the shoulder bolt length and spacers for the links, i have a lowered front spring set and the stock shoulder bolt and spacers had the sway sitting wrong it the end was pushed up so i used 67 mustang end link bolts and spacers and lowered the end links to get the sway to sit level.

the stock setup was also binding with my strut rods so by changing the angle of the bar i gained enough clearance so it didn't hit anymore.

This will be helpful. I also plan to drop may car so I will be back to to on this one when I get there!
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#15
basically when you mount everything and set the bar level you will see how much you need to adjust. it took me a few tries to get it "righter" then it was. i tried about 4 or 5 different spacer over time until i found a set i felt i could live with. everything is designed to retrofit a stock suspension so when you have a car that is modified already things are in a grey area. I personally do not like the addco design, i think the OEM bends in the swaybars for the front and rear are better and clear things better but it just isn't practical from a money standpoint and also trying to source many of the correct brackets.

but with that aside just adding the bars front or rear is a massive improvement if your car doesn't have them.

The front Bar makes the car more stable in the turns keeps the front end flatter for body roll. the rear bar adds stability without it the car feels very loose in the rear hard braking can be scary without the rear bar you feel like the rear end is wiggling around all the time. to give you an idea, i started with a tiny 1/2" bar in the front and nothing in the back, at 55mph the car felt like it was all over the place.
upped the front bar to the 1-7/8 and didn't have a rear bar at the time and the car felt good up to 70mph then it felt scary. put the rear bar on, and instantly braking felt a lot safer had the car over 85mph and felt like i was cruising along. the rear bar feels like it stiffened the rear leaf springs and did make the ride a little harsher on junk pavement, before the rear felt like it was floating now i have positive road feedback.
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sdstang;136103 Wrote:
droptop73;136099 Wrote:I installed a 1-1/8" front and 3/4" rear and couldn't be happier.

droptop73,
Did you buy both from Addco?

I got mine from Mustangs Plus.

Jeff T.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passengers.
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#17
With the added re-enforcements that are put on the convertibles, would a rear sway bar make much of a difference? I have thought about adding one but figured that the extra re-enforcement under my car already that i might not see any difference.

Greg
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mityman;136654 Wrote:With the added re-enforcements that are put on the convertibles, would a rear sway bar make much of a difference? I have thought about adding one but figured that the extra re-enforcement under my car already that i might not see any difference.

The added reinforcement does nothing for suspension roll
Convertibles also benefit from sub-frame connectors
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