How To Install a Front Stabilizer Bar on a Ford Fox Body #FairmontProject

It’s not the sexiest, or the longest ETCG video about my #FairmontProject, but if you want to carve corners, you need a good stabilizer bar.

Like most things in this part of the #FairmontProject series, I’m going to be going back and changing this out. Many of you know that I’ll be replacing the front K Member along with several other components on the front suspension. So if you don’t like this stabilizer bar, don’t worry, I’m swapping it out at some point.

Project cars are never done, even before they’re done.

Previous video in the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_g8rngtEbMw

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Installing the Differential in the #FairmontProject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E9BA6YlhjU

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31 thoughts on “How To Install a Front Stabilizer Bar on a Ford Fox Body #FairmontProject

  1. Have you thought about running the steeda swaybar mounts? They are much stronger than the strap/band type. I have broken a stock mount, and it was not fun. Just a thought.

  2. Make sure the bar dont rub the pan when you lower the car, the original sway bar brackets are different then the ones in the energy kit, ask me how i know lol

  3. You said it doesn't matter putting the bolt in from the top or bottom, but i would argue that if you put the bolt in from the bottom and for some reason the nut comes off of the bolt then you will lose the bolt out the bottom hole and it would then definitely be a danger on the road of going through someone's tire if not your own tire.

  4. It also called sway bar it helps for traction.  Good example high winds on highway driving front end & rear end don't slide sway side to side.  Plus, major notice is driving auto cross "X" and road course.Red car, in my profile photo I currently own has both front rear the black car in my video, is my old one (parts car) doesn't have either one because it's base model engine was strong body shot. Trucks can benefit with having front rear sway bars. Example, of this is my step fathers Ford Eco Boost, which after driving on the highway you can tell it doesn't have either due to sway side to side, besides having a light weight body.

  5. Eric you brought back some memories for me , I did an apprenticeship back in 1960 , one of my first jobs was tire repairs, my first big job was putting on a sway bar , the owner of the car was a captain in in the U.S. Air Force , he came back within a half hour said it runs like crap , I had put the bar on up side down, I did not. Know that was possible ,( thanks for the memories )

  6. Hey there Eric on old bolts like that or even new ones i use animal fat scraps on no mess an lubes like a beauty Merry Christmas you and your family god bless.

  7. bottom to top, top to bottom matters in some cases where clearance is an issue. Also tightening the end links should be done with the suspension loaded so you know you are tightening them properly.

  8. When I have rusty crusty bolts I usually stick them in the vise and use a wire wheel in my drill on them to clean out the threads. If that doesn't work I will chase the threads with my tap and die set. I'd rather spend a few extra minutes cleaning up the bolts than a few extra aggravating minutes cussing because the bolts won't go in easy.

  9. Eric , I'm a lite concerned about the gap from the outer rose joint on the Steering to the steering arm won't this amount of gap cause flexing or bending. Regards David

  10. Autozone end links! (I've got those same ones on my Explorer) If you've got all the tools and parts laid out you can install a stabilizer bar like that in almost the same time it takes to watch this video!

  11. As a rule of thumb with sway bar end link bushings I usually tighten to the point that some portion of the bushing is pushed out to the same diameter as the supporting washer. Pretty much where you stopped when you were happy with it.

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