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Old 09-20-2011, 09:48 AM   #21
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Can you move sway bar mount's out toward the end or out more?
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:46 PM   #22
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Gabe, "if" you hear some metal on metal tapping or clunking you might want to consider shortening the upper end of those end link bolts. They stick out pretty far from the end of the nuts and "may" result in some clearance issues. Remember that those bolts move in an up and down motion since its attached to the control arm.
Thanks for the tip.
I'm hearing some noises back there. Not metallic, but more like a dull thud ... will have to remove the stuff from the trunk first to eliminate that, but I may have to have the brackets welded to the subframe ...


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Can you move sway bar mount's out toward the end or out more?
On the passenger side of the car, yes.

On the driver side, no. There is a subframe mount right next to the swaybar bracket, so I had the tech move the passenger side bracket inward to be symmetrical.


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^^^ If you weld your bracket's to your suspesion cradle, I'd figure out a way to move that driver's side bracket out more. Check out a factory sway bar set-up for refference.
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:23 PM   #24
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^^^ If you weld your bracket's to your suspesion cradle, I'd figure out a way to move that driver's side bracket out more. Check out a factory sway bar set-up for refference.
Yeah, I'd like for them to be more separated than they are now, they seem a little too close to each other.



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Well, the brackets are now welded, and the noises are GONE

Cellphone pics below, showing the progression from just-welded, to painted-with-anti-corrosion-paint, to all-done :








I love how quiet and good-handling my little Focus is now




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Did you have all the mounting spots on the rear subframe for a rear swaybar?
My SE didn't come with a rear swaybar but I'm hoping I can put a stock SES one on
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Did you have all the mounting spots on the rear subframe for a rear swaybar?
My SE didn't come with a rear swaybar but I'm hoping I can put a stock SES one on
Looks like he did not have them because he has the Steeda brackets. You will need the brackets you can buy them from CFM.
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Did you have all the mounting spots on the rear subframe for a rear swaybar?
My SE didn't come with a rear swaybar but I'm hoping I can put a stock SES one on
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Looks like he did not have them because he has the Steeda brackets. You will need the brackets you can buy them from CFM.
I didn't. The stock brackets are further apart than the spots I have mine at, but that's about as far apart as we could get them and still have them be on the flat/horizontal part of the subframe beam.
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Hey Gabe, did you get the bolts welded to the brackets as well? When I've reinstalled my brackets that was the biggest pain, getting a wrench on the back of the bolts.
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Looks great. Looking at the pix, the exhaust hanger bracket is on the cradle instead of the body like my st. So the cars w/o sway bars have the exhaust bracket on the cradle? Seems like the exhaust hanger could be cut off the cradle so the d/s bracket could be moved over farther.
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