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sway bars

i was lookin around the hillbanks motorsports site and they have front and rear sway bars for like 90bux.... lists them up to 05... they should work on an 07 tho right? and do any of yal have front and rear sway bars on your trucks? hows it handle
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I wouldnt think that anything changed from 05 to 07 for the sway bars. Alot of times they just dont update the years.
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will sway bars front and rear help out with handling alot? i just want this truck to handle the best it can
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hmm we already have front, all you need is rear correct?
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true, but it might be a bigger bar up front... its 89 for front and rear so even if i just need the rear, ill find a use for the front one ha
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true, but it might be a bigger bar up front... its 89 for front and rear so even if i just need the rear, ill find a use for the front one ha
The Hillbanks front bar is the OE Ford 4x4 bar. It is thicker than the 2WD XLT front bar.
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ahh, but it will work on the 2wd xlt im guessing?
looks like that may be my next investment...
if i put a lift on my truck will i just need longer sway bar links or jus make drop brakets where the frame mounting point is?
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ahh, but it will work on the 2wd xlt im guessing?
The Hillbank parts were originally used on the limited production SLP Thunderbolts which were based on the 2002~2003 Ranger 2WD XLT. My guess is that they would also work on later 2WD XLTs but I haven't tried it.

http://www.pickuptruck.com/html/stor...underbolt.html
http://www.pickuptruck.com/html/stor...rbolt2003.html
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I did it the old fashioned way and got a rear bar at the local salvage yard from a '90 Bronco II. $20 for the bar (PITA to get out of the BII laying on my back with hand tools), and some elbow grease cleaning it up and getting re-painted. I also found new upgraded urethane bushings for it at the parts store for $9 and put those in. It definately handles better, but my truck is lowered also. The only bad thing about it is that I still have an open 3:55 rear end and if you try to power into a corner, the bar will unload the inside tire enough to cause it to spin. I plan on getting a limited slip/disc brake rear axle from and Explorer sometime anyway so that should help. The cool part is that the Ranger frame already has the empty mounting holes where the bar goes so it's easy to put it in. I have not upgraded my front bar and don't intend to although I would like to find some upgraded urethane bushings for the end-links but have had no luck finding any yet.
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can you get me a picture of how the rear mounts?
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can you get me a picture of how the rear mounts?
Hillbank/SLP sway bar pics
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The Hillbank kit made a noticable differance on my 01 XLT. Yes, the front bar looks about the same, but was noticably heavier.

The whole install is now on my site here: http://george-novak.com/swaybars.html
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thanks for the links! i think i will order a set after first pay day of the new job
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dang, I guess its good to live close to Hillbank, I got the exhaust for 100 bucks, the intake for 30, and the front and rear sway bars for 20 bucks!! I still haven't opened the sway bars yet

ohh also, my exhaust is up for grabs to anyone in so cal, I got 3 1/2 inch magnaflow tips that angle out each side cause I didn't like the ones the kit came with. Switching to flowmaster cause these tips wouldn't look good with fiberglass rear fenders.
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