Installation Time: Full Day
July 12, 2018
I installed both the front and rear sway bars. The car performs very well and is stable around corners. This installation complements my modifications that included K braces in the engine bay and lower frame. I also installed the Ford Performance Tower Brace and Steeda's IRS Subframe Braces.
The rear sway bar was easy to install. This alone contributed to improved stability around corners.
The Front Sway bar was very difficult to install primarily because of the aluminum brackets. These brackets will impede the rear bolts to be fully tighten through the car's fender. Therefore, to install the rear bracket bolts through the fenders, either the alternator has to be removed or spacers have to be installed between the rear bolt and the bracket.
I believe that a better installation can be achieved by designing a bracket that does not impede the tightening of the rear bolt through the car's fender.
To install the front sway bar, I decided to remove the lower splash guard that is under the radiator. This will provide better visibility and access to the bar. I also removed the air filter assembly in order to have access to the driver's front bracket bolt. These bolts can be very tights. During the installation, care must be taken to not cross thread the bolts that hold down the brackets.
The best way to install the front bar is with a lifter. Installation using floor stands is possible if the car is lifted off the ground by at least 24 inches. This is due to the fact that the removal of the front sway bar requires space to remove it behind the drivers strut. After moving the bar towards the floor from the driver's side, it has to be subsequently moved to the right side of the vehicle. So from the drivers side, move the bar towards the shock strut and then continue towards the right side of the vehicle. This is a 2 person's job. Reverse the order for installation.
During the installation remember to grease the bushings and place them on the bar before moving the bar through the vehicle. Placing the bushing on the bar after it is in place can be difficult.
I am an mechanical engineer and work in the aerospace industry and I have a passion modifying high performance car for a hobby and just want this installation to be successful.
The workmanship of these bars is good and I believe that these units contribute to increase the stability of the car.