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Old 03-24-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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EMUSA front sway bar?

Has anyone installed one of the EMUSA sway bars in the front? I have been fighting for a couple hours and finally took it back out and upon closer inspection found the bend on the left side was not tight enough. But even with that corrected I still question how well it was going to fit. I can torch and re-bend the end as it is fairly thin metal but the overall length seems to be a bit long. Just wondering if anyone else is running one of them and if I should get a replacement coming or just a refund?? Thanks guys


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Old 03-24-2013, 02:13 PM   #2
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If your replacing your front sway bar, you'll need to drop your cradle down, to get the sway bar out & installed. Do not torch & rebend it. I've never heard of EMUSA sway bars.
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Yeah cradle is down, have already had the new one in, modified the new bushings, tried again, the pulled it back out and compared new to old for a second time when I found the difference. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-Focus-S...b65660&vxp=mtr
this is the sway bar I am dealing with.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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I will admit that I have a 03 SE but can't believe there is much if any difference in the body of a sedan versus the zx3 zx5 someone please correct me if I am wrong
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Unfortunately it is a cheap eBay swaybar from a no name place. Taking a torch to the bar to rebend it will cause a weak spot which will then cause a break. This particular bar is not really much if any of an upgrade for your front. If you haven't already you'd be better off upgrading the rear first or get a f/r matched kit like Eibach. With Eibach it is quality steel and will fit like it should. Just costs more.
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Id get a refund, that swaybar you listed is 18.61mm. The smallest stock one is 18mm. What size is your old one? Really no reason for that pain for no real gain
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I also bought the Ford racing SVT kit which came with a rear sway, this car didn't even have one on it originally. This cheap sway was also to replace a weany worn out 19mm, by worn out I mean one of the endlinks had managed to beat out the mounting hole resulting in a very annoying rattle. Leading me to believe the stock ones aren't really hardened either. This isn't a Time Attack project just my GF's DD that she would like a little sportier on a budget. By comparison to a stock suspension with 180k and loose tie rod ends I think she will be happy with this (if it will work) so currently one vote no to cheap chinese steel carp, any one else?
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I assure the bar is bigger than 18, I didn't have metric calipers but the new bar measures 1.007 so approx 27mm!
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