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Roush sway bars are done

Just finished the front/rear Roush bars, and my arms are killing me. Nothing like holding 30 lbs of metal above my face all afternoon. The install went pretty well considering I didn't have any help. Had one bolt in the front sway bar bushing holder go crosstread on me, so I used loctite on the sucker. The fronts where actually harder that the rear, since the thick bar has zero flex in it. You can't muscle the parts around like you do in the rear.

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All the parts minus the left sway bar (which I had already installed)



The left side bar is impossible to install with a socket. I ended up using a box wrench.



Right side attached to frame



Right bracket, looks kinda funky, but I think that's how it should go



Left side



Front Bars, factory is top



Quick page I threw up on CarDomain until I can make a proper "How To"
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looks good... id love to add a rear sway bar but ive never ridden in a car with one so dont know the diffrence..
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looks good... id love to add a rear sway bar but ive never ridden in a car with one so dont know the diffrence..
Basically, they make the rear end of the truck stick better in corners. Image having your Ranger corner more like a car, than a truck. The induce more understeer, so you can control the vehicle better in corners. I think the differance is fairly dramatic. Without them, you realize just how "live" the rear axle can be.
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where did you get these and what did they cost you?
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where did you get these and what did they cost you?
Hillbank Motorsports is having a clearance. $100 including shipping.


http://www.hillbankmotorsports.com/p...ducts_id=10240
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WOW thanx ordering mine right now!!!!!
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WOW thanx ordering mine right now!!!!!
LOL, don't worry they have plenty of them.

The only problem with their sale is that I want to oder everything. Like a kid in the candy store

http://www.hillbankmotorsports.com/p...ducts_id=10259

http://www.hillbankmotorsports.com/p...ducts_id=10290

http://www.hillbankmotorsports.com/p...ducts_id=10574

http://www.hillbankmotorsports.com/p...ducts_id=10212

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Do it to it man!!!!! I love that front fascia.... I think im gonna have to get one of those for mine and ill bet it looks pretty sweet with a westin safari bar and some hella's in front of it!!!
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lol i love that place now... i was soo pissed when they didnt have anymore exhaust systems on ebay and now that i know the site im very happy...
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ordering an exhaust system for a friend tomorrow
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i hope that freinds me..... lol
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haha i can order you one just like i did his, he's bringin me money!!!
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Looking at the sway bars.....; the Roush front and rear swaybars are larger in diameter, but what is the difference???
My Ranger came with front and rear swaybars.... so I am wondering if the difference in bar diameter would be worth the money.

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Your truck came with a rear sway bar?
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Your truck came with a rear sway bar?
I believe the supercabs came with them stock, since it's a longer vehicle. Like most standard cabs, mine didn't get sway bars. You can really tell on bumpy roads when the rear axle just dances all over the place.

I know the bars are designed for the ThunderBolt Rangers, so they are a performance mod. Will they make a big differance on trucks that came with stock rear sway bars? I really can't answer that. They did make a noticable differance on mine.
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My truck is a s/c edge and its fully loaded... Why didnt I get a rear sway bar?
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not all rangers came with swaybars, and depending on the year, different models had them



oh, and its supposed to be that a thicker bar is better
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Mine didn't have one. Had a front only.
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I did not know any rangers came with a rear sway bar.... My truck has a beefy front sway bar(prolly because its a 4x4) but no rear.... It will soon though
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My truck is a s/c edge and its fully loaded... Why didnt I get a rear sway bar?
In recent years, the rear sway bar has only been installed on regular cab Edges and regular cab 4x4's.
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Sweet!!! That answers my question... Thanx man, but why wouldnt they install them on the s/c trucks??? I would think the sway bars would be more of a necessity on the longer wheel based trucks... What do I know...
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Sweet!!! That answers my question... Thanx man, but why wouldnt they install them on the s/c trucks??? I would think the sway bars would be more of a necessity on the longer wheel based trucks... What do I know...
All I can figure is that the raised suspension / short wheelbase trucks (4x4 and Edge reg cabs) need the rear bar to meet Ford acceptance criteria for handling and the others don't. It is interesting that the Mazda version of the Ranger has the rear bar on all models, at least that's what I've heard.

I have added an OEM Ford rear bar on my 4x4 S/C. It's not night and day different but it is noticeably better.
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will those sway bars fit on the 93-97??? those are for 98-01
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ok well i got just got the same roush kit from that site and when i opened it i realized that the front factory bar and my stock swaybar are the same size...wtf? Did they beef up the front bar for the 02 edges??? The front bar in the kit even has a ford serivce parts number tag on it...that part number on the tag is the same as the part number when u call ford and ask for a factory replacement font bar....Anybody know whats up with this? Sorry to hijack the thread but i need help.
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ok well i got just got the same roush kit from that site and when i opened it i realized that the front factory bar and my stock swaybar are the same size...wtf? Did they beef up the front bar for the 02 edges??? The front bar in the kit even has a ford serivce parts number tag on it...that part number on the tag is the same as the part number when u call ford and ask for a factory replacement font bar....Anybody know whats up with this? Sorry to hijack the thread but i need help.
AFAIK, the 4x4-type sway bar is larger diameter than the 2WD XL/XLT. Since your Edge came from the factory with raised torsion bar suspension like a 4x4, it probably has the larger bar standard, too. That same bar would have been an upgrade on the the Thunderbolt Ranger because it was based on a 2WD coil spring Ranger with a smaller front bar.
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