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Old 09-08-2007, 11:31 AM
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Resolved my drifting issues

Front Sway Bar End Links & Bushings [hr] The Mustang's front sway bar is attached to the lower control arms with end links that consist of long bolts, with washers and bushings where the bolts pass through the sway bar on one end and the lower control arm on the other. In its stock configuration, the front sway bar is mounted so that the lever ends are approximately parallel to a line drawn through the lower control arm bushings. When a Mustang is lowered by installing aftermarket springs, this geometry is changed. It can be restored by installing new (shorter) sway bar end links. BAD GEOMETRY BEELOWThe stock end link on a '94-'01 Mustang measures 3-9/16". You can buy shorter end links in varous lengths from Energy Suspension Co. Their lengths and part numbers are listed in the chart below, along with the drop they will give when used to replace a stock endlink. Energy Suspension Endlinks LengthPart numberDrop 1"9.81222.56" 1-5/8"9.81201.94" 2-3/8"9.81251.19" 2-5/8"9.81170.94" 2-7/8"9.81180.69" 3-3/8"9.81190.19" 3-9/16"9.8124 .
You can get Energy Suspension products over the counter at most auto parts stores. PROPER GEOMETRY, HOWEVER YOU CAN JUST BUY A SHORTER END LINK, OR IF YOU HAVE THE BOLT DESIGN, CUT YOUR SLEEVE BY 1INCH, PUT THE PIECE YOU CUT OFF BEELOW THE TOP NUT TO ACT AS A WASHER FOR THE SHORTER LINK(DO NOT CUT YOUR BOLT). The stock end links are one piece. The new end links consists of a bolt and sleeve. That permits some fine tuning of length (you can cut down the sleeve or add washers), but makes them a little more difficult to install. There are lots of loose pieces to hold together while you put the sway bar in place. This shows the old and new end links on the car, at approximately normal ride height. It is difficult to see in the right hand photograph, but the lever arm of the sway bar is now very close to parallel with a line drawn through the lower control arm bushings. When installing the sway bar link nuts, torque them to 14 ft-lb (just enough to slightly compress the bushings).

Is this modification really necessary on a car lowered only 1 inch? Maybe not. But it's one more step toward getting the suspension geometry right, and it only cost $15.00



ALSO DONT FORGET ABOUT THE OFFSET RACK AND PINION BUSHINGS AND ALIGNMENT


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Old 09-08-2007, 01:57 PM
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Nice write up! I was kinda wondering about the links when I dropped mine. Any way to fix the pictures?
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Old 09-08-2007, 02:36 PM
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restart your computer, i see them just fine.

YOU DONT HAVE TO BUY NEW LINKS

IF YOU HAVE THE LONG BOLTS DESIGN/

CUT 1 INCH OF THE SLEEVE OFF AT TOP, TAKE THAT PIECE OF SLEEVE AND USE IT UNDER YOUR NUT ON TOP[8D]

Just did it she handles ALOT better
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Old 09-08-2007, 03:14 PM
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I just rebooted and tried it in both Firefox and MSIE... I get pictures that say "Hot Link" with a red ghostbusters circle and line through it. You may not have problems because the pics are loaded in your brower's cache.

But... Still, good info.. I should do that to mine.
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Old 09-08-2007, 07:05 PM
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On the rear, you want longer sway links, , ive found 1.5 inches longer are ok for stock height, or keep the ones you have for lowered cars.
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:32 PM
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Old 09-27-2007, 11:30 PM
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so this is probably why my steering is a little sloppy isnt it. either that or my tie rods are gone
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Old 09-29-2007, 12:07 AM
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ORIGINAL: tom29

so this is probably why my steering is a little sloppy isnt it. either that or my tie rods are gone
sway bar end links make a very big cornering difference
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:03 PM
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In the picture the two red adapters for the sway bar links. Where can get them? Part numbers. Kit with joints? This is exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks John
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