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Old 12-01-2010, 07:58 AM   #1
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Rear Sway bar issue

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Sorry if this has already been discussed; I didn't have time to go over the threads thismorning before work and just got the green light for this weekend so just trying to get some pre-emptive infornmation if you'd be so kind :D

Last spring I installed the "SVT" suspension from summit racing which included the front struts/lowering springs, rear shocks/springs, and a rear sway bar. I never got the rear sway bar installed because low and behold, our sedans don't have the mounting brackets. I'm getting a ton of body roll and have been looking into ride heights and such for our foci.
I called summit to ask which ride height i should set the rear to when the sway bar is installed, and he had no idea. It's an SVT kit, but an LX chasis. I'm lost and don't want the mess up the camber in the back if I don't have to, but i'd really like to get this rear sway bar on.
My main question is can I just hit a junkyard and either pull a zx3 crossmember and use that? or in lue of that could I use the measurements from their crossmembers? I've read on here of someone using exhaust clamps lol. I'm gonna weld it for sure tho. Thanks guys.

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You can get this kit, and substitute in the SVT bushings:

http://focus.c-f-m.com/freeshippinge...arswaybar.aspx

As you can see, the kit is really just a pair of steel plates that attach with some U-bolts. If you're already talking about welding, I would just take some measurements off a rear sway bar equiped car, and weld some plates to the subframe to match that setup.

Word of caution on a michigan car, make sure you take care of any rust that you might find on the rear subframe.
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Old 12-01-2010, 06:31 PM   #3
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Have the hardware new, here is a pic, pm if interested.

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Sway bars don't affect ride height or camber.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:07 AM   #5
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Have the hardware new, here is a pic, pm if interested.

What ares the with and lenghth of the steel plate Kinda looks narrow could this plate be wider and use two or maybe three clamp's like two clamps on outer side of bushing bracket through and one through the plate and bushing bracket or is the space that limitted or clamping area limitted?
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Sold it already, can't measure for you but they are solid kit is from Eibach designed for the Focus without rear sway bar(mounting brackets).
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Thank you. I don't have one on my 2011 and will be putting one on and trying to get all my options checked out. But it looked like it would flex with only one clamp each.
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Your concerns have some validity. A number of members end up tack welding the plates onto the subframe after final positioning and installation. They found that they do loosen up and can twist/change position. The tack welding pretty much solved the problem.
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I would do that but the car is new and I don't want to mod any thing to the point that the dealer would say that they will not warrenty anything. that was may thinking be hind the three u bolts so it could be esaly removed and installed and not be flimsy looking or loosen up. Thanks though I will have to see what I can make to install the sway bar myself.
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I would do that but the car is new and I don't want to mod any thing to the point that the dealer would say that they will not warrenty anything. that was may thinking be hind the three u bolts so it could be esaly removed and installed and not be flimsy looking or loosen up. Thanks though I will have to see what I can make to install the sway bar myself.
they will loosen up and squeak or clunk. i had the steeda kit and it sucked until I got it welded. the dealer shouldnt give you any grief and probably wont even notice.
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