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Well... a sway bar is a tuning device for suspension. Regardless of the cost, it must meet the needs of your ride. With this said, installing a rear sway bar on a V6 that did not have one OEM, is often a nice upgrade to balance the car out a bit.
I do not know enough about the different thicknesses and interchanging models to give you any specifics. If your car currently has understeer and you want to tame it a bit, than a rear bar is certainly worth considering. For the price, pretty hard to go wrong, just would need to install it and find a large parking lot in which to push it a bit and see the results.
You don't have to be hard on the driveline to confirm under/oversteer issues. Just go to that parking lot and do a whole bunch of turns under different conditions (accelerating hard and not soo hard) and get a feel for it. Quite likely you will have a lot of understeer, so this bar just might be the ticket for you.
I recently read that the new edge rear control arms were mounted to be a little "wider" than the foxes were. I just rebuilt the rear suspension of my daughter's '83 using control arms and sway bar from an '04. I also replaced the rubber bushings with polyurethane. Getting the uppers to line up was a bear, but after two hours of cussing and pounding, it finally went. The lowers were very easy and the rear sway bar bolted right up.
My point is that despite some minor differences, the rear suspension was essentially the same from '79 to '04. You should not have any fitment issues.
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