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johngyver 10-11-2005 03:32 PM

Rear SVT sway bar on 2002 SE - HELP
 
I purchased the SVT suspension kit for my 2002 SE. The kit came with the rear sway bar. BUT my problem is the SE does not have rear sway bar mounts. There are no holes for the sway bar to mount up. I looked at other posts here on the forum concerning this. From what I can see some of the Focuses have a rear sway bar mounting bracket and some do not. My car does not have it.

Does anyone know of a secondary solution??? This does not look like a simple "drill a few holes" fix either. The Focus's that have the sway bar mount is actually an extra bracket welded on that makes the base. Mine does not have the bracket at all.

To top it off I do not have the link ends, bushings or mounting hardware so I will have to buy all of this on top of fabrication. So I have a nice SVT rear sway bar but it is kind of useless in it's current form.

Thanks guys for any help!!!

John

bigal 10-11-2005 05:39 PM

Here is my solution.
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...threadid=58305

johngyver 10-11-2005 05:56 PM

I saw this already. Is the whole bracket fabricated? I see the flat pieces on the front side (actually it faces the rear of the car) but the other piece that kind of wraps around the crossmember does not look fab'd. Can you go into a little more detail what you did???

Thanks! Your set up looks awesome!

John

bigal 10-11-2005 06:16 PM

Nothing is really fabricated just basically cut. You just take a 2.75 muffler clamp end and have someone plasma cut it .The best way is to make a template out of cardboard or similar material cut it to the shape of the muffler clamp. Then take the template and keep cutting and shaping till it fits snugly to the crossmember.Once you are satisfied that it is correct lay the muffler clamp on the template and trace the shape of your final measurements. Take it to someone that has a plasma cutter or something similar that can cut the shape and thats it.
The flat pieces I cut by hand but like I said it would be neater if a machine shop cut them.
Once it is cut the install time is probably 30min.

Foci_Fosho 10-11-2005 06:30 PM

you can buy poly end links for roughly $20-$25

Some member mentioned using exhaust clamps and grinding down the inside edge so It actually sit's on the rear sub-frame.

Do something like that and I'm sure you'll be able to secure it.

Turtle 10-13-2005 02:02 AM

How about contacting www.SVTsalvage.com or www.Focussalvage.com and just buying the correct SVT parts to make it work as intended? That would be my advice; not a big fan of jerry-rigged fabrication on suspension parts.

bigal 10-13-2005 12:45 PM

You can call it jerry rigged if you like but if you haven't tried it you dont know. I have tested it at autox and track events and it hasn't moved. The brackets cannot be bought from a salvage yard. Of course you can replace the whole crossmember. Depends on how much you want to spend. $30.00 or $250.00


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