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Sway Bar Tension
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Hey All, Been restoring a 71 Mach 1 for three months. This is my first question since I have found most of my questions on previous threads.

I took the sway bar off last night and there was no tension on the sway bar. No experience with sway bars this old but newer ones usually have some type of tension to them that you have to be carefull about when taking them off. Just want to make sure the sway bar isn't worn out before I sandblast it and re do it.

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The bushings are shot more than likely, the ones on our car had definately seen better days.

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Mikes73;100771 Wrote:The bushings are shot more than likely, the ones on our car had definately seen better days.

+1 to that. If your not going concourse the larger replacement is recommended in my book.

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Torsion bars have tension. They replace the front springs on many modern trucks.
Sway bars have tension only when cornering.

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If both front wheels are on the ground, there sould be no "tension" , if one wheel is higher than the other , it will transfer pressure to the other wheel, just like it is supposed to.Thats what a sway bar does, transfer weight from one side to the other to keep the car from leaning in a turn. stiffer sway bar = less lean...
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parforever;100768 Wrote:Hey All, Been restoring a 71 Mach 1 for three months. This is my first question since I have found most of my questions on previous threads.

I took the sway bar off last night and there was no tension on the sway bar. No experience with sway bars this old but newer ones usually have some type of tension to them that you have to be carefull about when taking them off. Just want to make sure the sway bar isn't worn out before I sandblast it and re do it.

Thanks!
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Yes, we like pics! And intros...

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Welcome to the forum
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parforever;100768 Wrote:Hey All, Been restoring a 71 Mach 1 for three months. This is my first question since I have found most of my questions on previous threads.

I took the sway bar off last night and there was no tension on the sway bar. No experience with sway bars this old but newer ones usually have some type of tension to them that you have to be carefull about when taking them off. Just want to make sure the sway bar isn't worn out before I sandblast it and re do it.

Thanks!

1. I never took a NEW sway bar off. Probably the closest to new was 12-15 years old to replace the rubber. If there was any tension, it certainly wasn't enough to be worried about.

2. I don't think it is recommended to remove any material from a sway bar. Maybe if you soda/co2 blast it so the rust goes but the metal stays. But, let us know how it works out.

3. New rubber works WONDERS on all front end components. I used poly only on the sway bar, and it has help up well.

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