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Old 01-18-2013, 01:44 AM   #1
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28mm steeda sway bar

So i just bought a 28mm steeda sway bar from a fellow ff member, bumpnzx3, and i feel as though i may have jumped the gun. I keep seeing horror stories of broken rear lca's. Bit some say coils & reinforcement should combat this? I feel like im beatin a dead horse here cus im sure its been a topic many a time, but id like some input from you guys or anyone whose running it.


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Old 01-18-2013, 06:52 AM   #2
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either get 03-04 svt control arms or have yours reinforced
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All of the control arms were reinforced after a certain timeframe, I'm just not sure when that is...

If I were going to run this bar, I would run poly bushings in the rear LCA's, binding will just amplify the problem. You'll also want to make sure your subframe is in good condition. There was a case or two where those mounts tore out.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:08 AM   #4
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^^^To strover. and those are kinda expensive, and assuming you dont need to replace any bolts, which you have to get from ford. the bolts are pricey too.

People usually recommend the svt control arms OR very stiff springs like H&R race springs. If you have neither, start saving up or take the risk.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:10 AM   #5
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i wouldnt take the risk, i would just get the control arms bumpnzx3 also has for sale
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Exactly, this is why I shied away from the steeda bar. My rear subframe is rusted to sh?t and I'm not cutting all the bolts off.

Not sure of other foci but the 02 svt's didn't come with the reinforced arms, I don't think foci after svt came with reinforced either. Could be wrong.
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yea i too talked to him about it but backed off because my lower control arm bolts are seized into the subframe
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My '07 has the reinforced control arms, I'd assume yours does too. Still thats huge bar...
http://www.whiteline.com.au/docs/bulletins/BL-281.pdf
use that as a guide but going from a 20-21mm sway bar up to a 28mm is going to be 200+% increase in torsional rigidity. Hope you have some nice and stiff springs to go with that bar
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I have run one of these for a decade. I was the second or third person to buy one from Steeda. More info - http://forums.focaljet.com/team-rigz...ml#post7958678

IMO, 99% of the control arm and subframe tearing problems result from errors in installation; specifically over tightening of bolts which causes bushings to bind.
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I have run one of these for a decade. I was the second or third person to buy one from Steeda. More info - http://forums.focaljet.com/team-rigz...ml#post7958678

IMO, 99% of the control arm and subframe tearing problems result from errors in installation; specifically over tightening of bolts which causes bushings to bind.
interesting read... do you have a photo that on your car? Curious to how it looks with out the endlinks
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