: Another Front Suspension Bang Question
11-05-2008, 11:02 PM
alright well i have posted questions about this issue, front right hand suspension BANG!!!, and have had alot of responses such as try prying the sway bar with a huge pry-bar, or loosen the bushings and lube em up maybe they are sticking, and i have had few other suggestions. i have narrowed it down to the fact that sway bar link bolts are hitting the frame of the car when the sway bar activates on the right hand side. My question now is, is there a possibility that the subframe isnt aligned right wich caused the sway bar to not align right. when i take everything off and activate the sway bar by hand, on the driver side i have about 2 inches+/- of clearance between the body and sway bar but in the right side it is hitting dead on. BTW you cant pry the sway bar at all because it has a stopper on the bar that disables movement from side to side.
i really hope someone can give me some direction with this issue, hopefully there is a ford tech somewhere on here with some first hand insight, or even a well informed DIYer. [bawling]
11-06-2008, 09:49 PM
11-06-2008, 10:00 PM
mine does the sam dame thing
11-06-2008, 10:33 PM
haha well at least i kno im not alone in this problem. but im still looking for some solutions or suggestions.
11-08-2008, 01:52 AM
11-10-2008, 11:11 AM
I had the same problem on my SVT. I just loosened the bushings and slide the sway bar over. Perhaps your sway bar was designed differently.
11-10-2008, 09:36 PM
yea i dunno how the SVT sway bar is designed but i have stoppers that disable any lateral movement and they are positioned in a way that i cannot slide the sway bar at all.
11-16-2008, 10:18 PM
is it an aftermarket bar with no locating grooves in it like the stock one had?
When I installed my 22mm front sway, I used hose clamps on the outside of the bushings/brackets that hold it in to keep it from sliding. before that itd shift over and whack the body/subframe. are you sure the stoppers are on tight enough? id realign the bar and tighten them as far as theyll go just to be sure
11-16-2008, 10:26 PM
no the stoppers are like a welded part of the bar, saleen used racecraft, and racecraft is basically the same as eibach...... same designs for alot of their stuff on the focus. Honestly Pm me and we can meet up you live like 2 minutes from me ill let you drive it or come for a ride and ill show ya.
11-17-2008, 09:57 AM
I have the Eibach 25mm kit front & rear. It has the stops on the outside edges (wheel) side of the insert. I had this same problem & was pretty pissed for having to fix something that was brand new. I added a 1/8" shim to the bottom of my urethane inserts. This allowed the clamp to fully seat the bushing and solved the problem. I have a call into Eibach now will post more when I hear back.
11-17-2008, 10:03 AM
awsome, thankyou for the info. definitely let me know what eibach says.
11-17-2008, 10:19 AM
mine does the sam dame thing
lol x2. ive posted somthing like this here befor but nobdy could help me. now i know.
11-24-2008, 03:16 PM
Sorry for the delay. Talked with Dave (Tech Rep) at Eibach today. Turns out they had a bad batch of bushings come in from their vendor (the ID for the bar was too large) and they had pulled all of their stock but they were not able to get the stock back from all of their dealers. So if you call them and talk with Dave in Tech support he will get you the correct bushings for free. However, you must have your receipt or proof of purchase for them to make good on this though. I had to fax them my receipt. I should have my bushings in 3-5 days. Once I get them I will post my results here. Hopefully this will fix the issue w/o having to shim the bushings. Hope this helps.
11-25-2008, 08:55 PM
My sway bar has shifted twice on me like that and it is currently clunking again. I never noticed that there were any stops located on the sway bar itself to align anything so I just tried to align it so that the end links looked to be at the same angle on both sides of the car. It seemed to work the first time but not the second time. I guess I am going to slide further towards the passenger side of the car.
Does this only seem to happen to people who track day/autocross their cars?
11-26-2008, 09:14 AM
No, my factory sway was fine. It wasn't until I installed the Eibach front sway that I had this problem. The Eibach bar has the stops on the outside of each of the front bushings. When the bar slides it forces the bushings out of the mounts.
11-26-2008, 10:55 AM
I have factory SVT sways and the front shifts on me. After the first time I decided to install Energy suspension sway bar bushings and control arm bushings and Moog end links. I figured that might help but they still moved after my next track day.. What a crappy design. It clunks even though the sway bar is visibly centered with the end links in the exact same position on the left and right side.
11-26-2008, 01:12 PM
mine only bangs when its cold out. does anybody else have this problem?
11-26-2008, 04:25 PM
The sway bar is made to slide some and should re-align itself. The eibach is a race version and is not supposed to shift at all, there by stiffening the suspension and reducing roll. If you want less movement, try shimming the bushings w/ 1/16" aluminum shims. If it persists bump up to 1/8" shims. This will cause more bite on the bar from the bushings and allow for less travel.
11-26-2008, 05:03 PM
Do not think Eibach's new bushings will do much good since I just had another set installed...fixed one side but not the other and these are the second set from them to fix the issue. Just made some shims today while at work after reading this post to try if needed. I really do not want to pay to have this sway removed to reinstall the OEM pieces again. Oh..talked to Dave myself today and they are sending me yet another pair of bushings,,,yipppee!
11-27-2008, 09:21 AM
I hear ya. I could push my sway bar back and forth by hand w/ the bushings that came w/ my front bar. They would literally just come right out of the mounts. So I shimmed them to cause more crush on the bushings. I used some spare 1/8" aluminum plate I had in the garage. Wroked really well, no shifting at all. I checked on the bushings b/c Eibach needs to make good on these. Even if they need to send out 1000 new bushings.
11-27-2008, 11:22 AM
I am a little PO'd about buying something new and not having it work right myself...will make them continue sending bushings until it is right or they do right by me in some other way. Going to try the shims when the new set of bushings come if needed and then we will see what happens..will be the third set by the way.
11-29-2008, 02:36 PM
alright well i am amazed at the response i have gotten on this issue from you guys, and im glad i brought up another topic that some people are finding useful. i have tried most everything that has been said for solutions, but unlike a few people on here that have stops on the wheel side of the sway bar bushings my stops are on the inner side fo the sway bar bushings..... my new thought to shift the sway bar to right would be the put a 2-peice collar on the drivers side between the stopper and the actual bushing, it should shift the bar about a half to an inch to the right wich is what i need..... any thoughts on this?
11-29-2008, 10:14 PM
Going to add a one inch long piece of house cut down the center so it will fit around the swaybar and a hose clamp to keep it in place to act as a stop on the other side..at least this is the thought for now to try.