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How To Install An Adjustable Rear Sway Bar
An Excellent Tuning Tool For Optimum Handling, Maximum Motorsports' Adjustable Rear Sway Bar Fits '79-'04 Mustangs
It's no secret that Fox and SN-95 Mustangs can be made to corner as well as the best-handling exotic and sports cars in the world. One of the parts manufacturers that's adept at making that a reality is Maximum Motorsports.
Among the arsenal of suspension parts that MM offers for otherworldly cornering capabilities is an adjustable rear sway bar for '79-'04 Foxes and SN-95s. When ultimate handling is the goal, you need the ability to fine-tune the car's balance. A Mustang's stock rear sway bar certainly won't provide the tuning capabilities that the MM bar affords.
Offered in seven different sizes, the MM rear sway bar is more effective than the stock unit because of how it attaches to the axle and chassis. The stock sway bar mounts to the lower control arms and it acts through the control-arm bushings. MM's adjustable version mounts to the axle and acts directly on the chassis through end-links made of spherical rod-ends.
Adjustments in sway bar rate can be made by changing the position of the end links on the bar's arm. Moving the end links toward the bar effectively shortens the arm, therefore increasing the rate. Because of the mounting method and the shorter length of the bar, a smaller-diameter bar provides a wheel rate similar to a stock sway bar's.
To see an adjustable rear sway bar being installed, we stopped in at MM's San Luis Obispo, California, headquarters where the team was installing one in Mike O'Donnell's '01 Mustang GT Bullitt, which already had a full MM Maximum Grip Box. Installation, along with welding in two mounting brackets, was completed in about three hours.