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Old 03-31-2009, 08:46 AM   #1
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Stock SVT front sway bar

The used SVT I bought has an H&R front swaybar and I'd like to go back to stock in the front. Any suggestions on where to source a stock FSB? Does anyone sell them or do I have to keep my eye out for one in the marketplace? Does Ford still sell them?


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Moved to "Wheels, Tires, Brakes & Suspension".

What size bar is that?
Did they not put a bigger bar in the rear as well to match it?

You should be able to source the stock bar from Ford.
Get a hold of Mike Trendel (b16sir1991 on FF) at Hilbish Motors.
He is a vendor on this site, and has his own forums:
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Other than that, I'm sure if you post a WTB thread in the marketplace, you'll probably find someone that will part with theirs if they've installed an aftermarket one.
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I'll get the hang of this yet WD40, thought it belonged in SVT section because of the SVT sway bar.

I have no bar in the rear at the moment, I did get and will install the 24 H&R in the back but I am hearing having a 24 also in the front will cause more wheel spin when trying to exit a corner. The focus spec guys apparently even downsize to the 18 upfront with a 25 in back. I figure I will start by trying the stock 21 up front.

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it will cause a little bit of understeer, more than a stock svt.
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As much work as the front bar is to R&R, I would highly recommend keeping what you have on there.
I have a hunch you'll like it just fine once you get the matching 24mm bar mounted out back.
(I can't believe someone took it off...and left it off)

Just trying to save you all that work.
Get the rear bar first and go from there.
If after that, you find you want to replace it, then by all means go for it.

Here's the front sway R&R "How To":
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Well I am in the unique position that my car currently has no motor or transmission in it and I already have to replace the steering rack so I may be dropping the cross member anyway. That is why I am trying to figure this out now because at this point it will actually be easy to replace. In light of this...what would you recommend now WD40?

Euroayres, what specifically will understeer? 24 front and back, or 21Front and 24Rear?
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That would depend on what the springs are. The SVT is extremely well balanced from the factory, so 24/24 with SVT springs is also nicely balanced. It's all a matter of taste. Most people like a bigger bar in the back, but very few people actually bother to upgrade the front. Those that do tend to like it. A car with 18mm front and 25mm rear can still understeer. Ask the spec focus people. It will be reduced, but how you drive it matters. A car with 24mm front and stock rear will definitely still oversteer. Ask the autocross people.
You can set your H&R front to the softer "23mm" setting with the 24 rear if you don't like 24/24. I say keep it.
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I will be installing H&R coilovers
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A car with 24mm front and stock rear will definitely still oversteer
IMHO, that's backwards, especially on a FWD car.
Little bar up front, big bar out back = oversteer.
Big bar up front, little bar out back = understeer.

Those of us that put larger bars on the back (left the stock bar up front) definitely tended towards more oversteer after the mod.
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IMHO, that's backwards, especially on a FWD car.
Little bar up front, big bar out back = oversteer.
Big bar up front, little bar out back = understeer.
I agree with this and is the same thing I have always heard. I installed a larger sway bar on the rear of my speed6 to dial out the stock understeer and it worked quite well.

The stock setup is 21 font and 21 rear. I would think with 24 front and rear, like stock you are keeping the same values front and back and it would keep the same balance as stock, no?
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