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Mustang II rear sway bar?
« on: February 08, 2016, 11:36:49 PM »
How rare is an M2 rear sway bar setup? On my adventures shopping for suspension parts I came across, what a guy swears is, the whole rear sway bar assembly for a mustang II. Doesn't really work with my plans for the 76, but I may grab it anyways, for &*%$ and giggles. I can't find much info, or many good pics, to be able to positively id it either.
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Re: Mustang II rear sway bar?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2016, 01:29:58 PM »
I have one lying around here that I have yet to install.  If I recall correctly the lower shock mount is the perpendicular bolt arrangement rather than axial threads on the Pinto shock. Let me see if I can dig it out and get a picture. Minutes later... - OK I found it. Yes, it does have the perpendicular lower shock bolts AND it seems the mounting plates invert the shock front/back too.  Now..., if I can only remember why I cut the straps and pried them up???

As to how rare they are? About as rare as finding a Mustang II (with a SB). And at least at the self serve yards here in So. Cal. they are not readily found the past few years.

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Re: Mustang II rear sway bar?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2016, 03:55:00 PM »
I have one of these setups also. It was pulled from a Pick-Your-Parts type yard in Bakersfield, Ca. maybe 8 years ago but here are my thoughts: Rare does not always mean desirable. Wittsend is right, the shock mounting is different from a Pinto's so you need use Mustang II type shocks. Personally, I would not use the rear bar on a trunk/runabout model because there would be little or no benefit UNLESS you are going to tow stuff. however, I would definitely use one on a wagon because they have a higher center of gravity and would benefit. The bar will fit a 74 and up Pinto but if I remember correctly, I does not easily fit the 71-73 rear frame rails without mods and fabrication. NEVER use a rear bar without a thicker FRONT anti-sway bar in place or you're asking for handling problems. Most any Pinto would benefit from a front bar especially if your hanging a turbo on the heavy 2.3 or dropping in a V8 except in drag racing where you need weight transfer and aren't looking to turn corners. A front bar is where I would put my $$ first (and have).


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Re: Mustang II rear sway bar?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2016, 04:21:07 PM »
If you like hanging the rear end out in the turns, go for it. I would much rather have the rear end loose than have the front end pushing in the turns. But then again, I always did drive like a dirt tracker. Crowds love a loose race car.
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Re: Mustang II rear sway bar?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2016, 06:52:47 PM »
I'm not really looking for one, just came across one. I'm putting an irs in the 76. I was just thinking of picking it up for a future project or to pass along. The pics wittsend put up are what I saw, so I'm pretty sure it's what he said it was. Just haven't seen any around, so I thought I might get while it's there, regardless of need.
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Re: Mustang II rear sway bar?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2016, 07:03:43 PM »
I'd buy it if it was cheap enough, II people will always be willing to buy it later on if you decide not to use it yourself.
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Re: Mustang II rear sway bar?
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2016, 09:34:55 PM »
I picked up the whole shebang for $30. I think it's all there.
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