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cobravenom71
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From: Kissimee, Fl USA
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posted 12-21-2002 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want to adda rear sway bar to my 73 302-2V. There are complete aftermarket kits availible that supposedly come with everything needed.
I also see that 'original' sway bars are availible, but it says only for cars originally equipped with one. Why is that?
Other than the bar and mounting plates, why cant a factory type bar be easily installed?

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Pierre
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From: Near Paris, France
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 12-22-2002 03:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pierre   Click Here to Email Pierre     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by cobravenom71:
I want to adda rear sway bar to my 73 302-2V. There are complete aftermarket kits availible that supposedly come with everything needed.
I also see that 'original' sway bars are availible, but it says only for cars originally equipped with one. Why is that?
Other than the bar and mounting plates, why cant a factory type bar be easily installed?


My 67 didn't have one and installation was a piece of cake !

Two models exist: one with the U shape bar turned toward the front (attached to frame) and one with the bar turned toward the rear and attached to the axle. Just check which one will clear exhaust/Suspension......

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Hemikiller
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posted 12-22-2002 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hemikiller   Click Here to Email Hemikiller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The factory bar was attached to the rear frame rails. If your car was optioned with a rear bar, it also received the reinforcement / mounting plates spot welded inside the rear rails. These are not present on non rear bar cars, the holes are, but not the mounting plates. The end links were attached to plates that were sandwiched between the rear spring and the shock plates.

I'd recommend that you get the factory style bar, get the repro end link plates from NPD, and figure out how to reinforce the rear rail to install the bar. It is really the only way to go, as the other bars can get kinda messy when you add in bigger exhaust.

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cobravenom71
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posted 12-22-2002 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hemikiller, thanks for the advice. I think that is the way I will go.

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