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    89 sway bar question

    Do the 89 front sway bars run a true 1.20"? I was cleaning out my garage and have what I was sure was an 89 front bar, but it only measured 1.13" on my calipers.

    If it isn't an 89 bar, is it the stock front bar from my 94?

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    1.12" maybe? That would make it a '92 SC front, I think.

    See http://www.tccoa.com/articles/mn12-t...ar/swaybar.htm
    Last edited by KMT; 01-26-2017 at 11:41 PM.

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    I purchased an 89 bar from a local member who owned and parted the car it came from, I saw the car when he still drove it, and ended up selling it back to him when I measured it at the same 1.13". We speculated that maybe it was replaced for whatever reason, but I think the 1.20" bar is a myth at this point.
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    Interesting. Has anyone here ever actually measured an 89 front bar at 1.20"?

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    FWIW, the Ford parts catalogue shows the 89-92 SC front bar as 1.141" diameter. 93-95 shows as 1.10".


    cheers
    Ed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercutio View Post
    Interesting. Has anyone here ever actually measured an 89 front bar at 1.20"?

    I don't have my documentation on this but a few years ago I did part out an 89SC (I know it was a very early model b/c that engine was still externally balanced) and there were other things like more screws and stuff in the dash that you didn't see in a 91-92 "early body style" car (it was like the car hadn't been fully cost-reduced yet). I also seem to recall that when I sold off some of the parts, one of my buyers was not happy that the swaybar he received did not match the measurements he expected.

    I ended up giving him a partial refund so both parties were OK but you might actually be right here that the summary of sway bar sizes on TCCOA is incorrect.
    -g

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    It has been my experience as well that the chart is inconsistent with the cars I have put hands on. I think I ran into this exact same scenario with the 1.20" bar.

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