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Old 12-19-2015, 08:39 PM   #1
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Driving without rear sway bar?

So, the rear sway bar on my 2013 V6 is starting to make clunking and rattling noises and it's driving me nuts. I'm planning to replace it eventually but with the holidays and everything I don't really have to cash to buy a new one nor do I have the time to crawl under there and install it.

I'm curious if I would have any problems driving the car if I removed the sway bar and left it off for a while until I can get a replacement. My daily commute is mostly straight highway and a bit of around town driving. I can't see a problem myself with my type of driving, but you guys might know something I don't.
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I took it off my wifes car for 100 miles and nobody noticed
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It is going to cost you a hell of a lot more when you crash because you decided to take off a major suspension component.

Just kidding, you should be alright. But don't be doing any spirited driving or taking turns extremely fast. I would advise against it but if the noise is annoying you that badly, you can always get an exhaust and learn to love the NVH!!

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Just take it off. Most drivers would never notice a difference. Front is another story but still not bad. Just a ton of understeer.

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Might be just bad bushings not to expensive nor hard to replace also check to make sure everything is tight also
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At one point sway bars were an option eventually they just made hem standard equipment because so many people ordered them
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Old 12-20-2015, 02:01 AM   #7
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I have the same issue and the parts in my garage waiting for install. I'm not taking it off though until time to do job. Noise won't hurt Anything else...
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I prefer more front bar on my cars for a more neutral feel, removing the rear bar is essentially the same thing. You'll be fine, but IF you do any spirited driving just approach it slowly because the car will handle much differently. I honestly wouldnt recommend going after market on the rear and not the front, because increasing the rear bar rate will have a tendency to make the car more tail happy.
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Might be just bad bushings not to expensive nor hard to replace also check to make sure everything is tight also
+1. My rear end link bushings bit the dust fairly quickly...fairly easy/quick fix.
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Driving without rear sway bar?

My sway bar is doing the same thing, but it squeaks and drives me nuts. I am in the same boat, need to replace but don't have the money because of the holidays. So I went under the car and I Tighten some bolts and greased them and the bushings. Helped a little but it still squeaks. Next month I am getting steeda sway bars.


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My sway bar is doing the same thing, but it squeaks and drives me nuts. I am in the same boat, need to replace but don't have the money because of the holidays. So I went under the car and I Tighten some bolts and greased them and the bushings. Helped a little but it still squeaks. Next month I am getting steeda sway bars.


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Do you have the stock end links? If so, it's prob the crappy rubber bushings...multiple TSBs.
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Invest in the whiteline heavy duty sway bar. It mounts to the axle instead of the body. I changed mine out for the same reason and never had any noises
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Going to understeer like crazy without a rear bar. Probably not noticeable with normal driving. But just don't take those spiral highway onramps with speed or centrifugal force might get the best of you.
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Just take it off. Most drivers would never notice a difference. Front is another story but still not bad. Just a ton of understeer.

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Having done this for competition purposes, the S197 does not get too understeery without the rear bar. It actually helps productively put power down at corner exit. Under normal driving, you will likely not notice that it is gone.
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A ford dealership replaced mime under warranty. It haswas squeaking for awhile and replaced the bushings and the problem was solved.

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Do you have the stock end links? If so, it's prob the crappy rubber bushings...multiple TSBs.

I didn't even think of that


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I prefer more front bar on my cars for a more neutral feel, removing the rear bar is essentially the same thing. You'll be fine, but IF you do any spirited driving just approach it slowly because the car will handle much differently. I honestly wouldnt recommend going after market on the rear and not the front, because increasing the rear bar rate will have a tendency to make the car more tail happy.
My aftermarket rear bar is actually softer than the factory bar on the first setting.
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If it's a squeak/groan from the back going over bumps at low speeds, I'll bet you dollars to donuts that's the problem--you prob don't need a new bar.

It took me a while to fix (dealer was no help); eventually settled on Steeda end links with poly bushings. Some Teflon sheet wrapped around the bar before installing the bushings was key to keeping everything quiet.
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My aftermarket rear bar is actually softer than the factory bar on the first setting.
Good to know, i wouldnt think that any bar would have that option. Which one? When the time finally comes im thinking of going with that Whiteline rear mentioned above, had my eye on that one for quite some time, and that BMR tubular front.
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The Stranoparts rear bar (made by Hellwig). I have actually been in the process of making a pair of bars for the mustang that are more adjustable than everything else on the market, and are also compatible with various watts links. My design is similar to the Karcepts front and rear bars for the S2000 (new bar that is the first adjustable rear bar for that platform, adjustable with car on the ground in two minutes, clever design).

I like the design of the Whiteline rear, but I would have to fabricate custom axle clamps, so why not just make my own bar while I am at it.
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