Miles Cook
December 1, 2008

Front and rear sway bars are key components for improved handling and better stability for all cars. Unfortunately, many cars aren't equipped with rear sway bars at all, including nearly all vintage Mustangs. Only high-performance versions, such as the '70 Boss 302, came with rear bars. In addition, the front ones are often quite small and not very effective.

This how-to fixes all these issues in one fell swoop. Marlo's Frame and Alignment added a rear sway bar and a considerably larger front one, both manufactured by Traction Master, to Natasha Lee's '65 Mustang coupe. She reports huge improvements in overall handling prowess and over-the-road stability. For something as basic as these two relatively easy bolt-on pieces, the difference is dramatic. As a true enthusiast and the proprietor of Mustangmadam .com, Natasha drives her '65 often and had a clear idea about her Mustang's lackluster handling abilities.

Shop techs Brian Clarke and Bill Hall had the bars installed in less than two hours. The procedure can also easily be done at home with a pair of safe jackstands and some basic handtools. The bars come with all needed hardware for installation, including polyurethane bushings.

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