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Front Anti Sway Bar Installation Procedure
For the ADDCO/TCCoA 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Anti Sway Bars
By: Mark McCormack

* Tools reguired
* HD floor jack
* Three HD jack stands
* Set of metric sockets and wrenches (open end and closed end)
* Set of allen wrenches
* Brass drift about 3/4"X 5" or so
* Hack Saw
* One of the following, Cut off saw, cutting torch, Hand held power grinder.
* Hand held sledgehammer
* One tube of Locktight
* Possibly a Joint Separator-Stabilizer link tool (Ford number) D88L-3006-A

Note: TCCoA member, Phil Dana, has put together some supplemental install information... Click Here

Note for SC owners: After you finish section one skip to section three.


Section one:

Mark the center of the new front sway bar (This will be needed to properly center the bar in the engine cradle).
Park the car on good level ground (preferably asphalt)
Put the car in park and block the rear wheels.
Make sure the front wheels are centered and lock the steering wheel in the center by removing the key.
Disconnect the positive lead on the battery.
Slightly loosen the front tire lug nuts (Approximately one turn)
Using the floor jack, raise the front of the car high enough to position the jack stands under the front frame rails next to the transmission as far forward as possible. Lower the car onto them and remove the floor jack



Safety Note: Never work under a car with just a hydraulic jack holding the car up.

Remove the lug nuts and remove the front tires.
Disconnect the transmission lines from the radiator if you have an automatic transmission. (SC owners can skip this step)
Remove the sway bar end links from the spindles using the Ford tool listed in the top of the page. If you do not have this tool you can try the following procedure. Disconnect the sway bar end links from the spindles by loosening the retaining nut so it is flush with the end of the threads. Using the brass drift against the endlink nut take the hammer and hit the brass drift so it will free up the endlink without damaging it. Penetrating oil will also help free up the endlink. Use caution to not the damage the endlinks.
Disconnect the lower shock mounting bolt from the spindle assembly and let the system hang down

Unbolt the top of the spindle from the rest of the suspension system. (One bolt)
Unhook the ABS sensor line (If you have ABS) from it's mounting point on the inner fender. This is to just to make sure you have enough slack in the line so it is not pulled on.
Unhook the front brake line from the hanger to give the system some slack.
Unbolt the sway bar bushings and remove the bushings. You may have to cut the bushings in half with a hacksaw to remove them.
Unbolt the steering linkage bolt at the base of the steering shaft from the steering wheel. This bolt is located near the bottom of the drivers side exhaust manifold.

The nut for the bolt is welded to the tube. Once you remove the bolt simply lift the tube around the steering shaft upward toward the steering wheel until it clears the lower section of the steering system. This is a very easy task to do however once the two sections are separated the steering wheel nor the steering system should not be moved so everything will align properly when the system is reconnected.

On the passenger side of the inner fender you will see a bracket that is spot welded to the inner fender. This bracket is next to the engine cradle and protrudes below the inner fender.

This bracket was used when the car was on the assembly line and no longer has a use. This bracket must be cut so it is flush with the bottom of the inner fender so there will be room to remove the sway bar.

You can use a cut off saw of some type or a hand held power grinder or a cutting torch. A hand held grinder makes this a very simple task.


Section Two:

For non-SC MN12s.

On MN12s with a clutch fan it is necessary to unbolt the fan shroud so that the fan is can be lowered along with the engine. You only have to unbolt the shroud and rest it on the fan blades and against the engine. The shroud does not need to be removed.

Using the floor jack to support the engine remove the eight mounting bolts that secure the engine cradle to the frame. Lower the engine assembly down with the engine cradle just enough to be able to remove the sway bar by lifting it over the front lip of the engine cradle on the pass side. You lift the bar over the pass side of the engine cradle where the bracket was modified.


Once the bar is freed from the pass side of the engine cradle you can then slide the bar out the pass side of the car. Great care must be taken to lower the engine assembly down only enough to remove the old sway bar and to install the new sway bar. This amounts to only about 1.5".


Remove the endlinks from the old sway bar with the same procedure as removing them from the spindle.

Install the endlinks on the new sway bar . Note: The end of the end links that have the 90-degree angle are the ends that go on the sway bar.


Install the new sway bar into the engine cradle using the reverse procedure you used to remove the old bar.

Lube and install the new sway bar bushings and bracket making sure the 1/2" spacer that is included in the kit goes under the bushing bracket and bushing.

Tighten down the bracket.

Center the sway bar in the engine cradle using the mark on the center of the bar and the harmonic balancer as a reference. Install the new collars that came with the kit on the inboard side of the bushings.

These collars keep the bar from moving laterally. Rotate the collars so the top of the retaining screws are pointing up. This way they will be accessible in the future. Use a drop of locktight on the end threads of the collar securing screws so they won't loosen up.

Reinstall the eight mounting bolts from the engine cradle to the frame but do not tighten them up. You will notice aligning holes in the frame and on the engine cradle. Using A length of 3/4" diameter pipe or rod or a deep well socket that has a 3/4" OD diameter align the engine cradle to the frame using these alignment holes and then tighten the eight mounting bolts.

Reassemble all the other systems in reverse order but do not put the wheels back on.

Make sure you reconnect the steering linkage on the steering shaft.
Mount the wheels back on the car. This finishes the install for the ADDCO front anti sway bar kit.


Section Three:

This section is for Super Coupes only.

Remove the sway bar end links from the spindles using the Ford tool listed in the top of the page. If you do not have this tool you can try the following procedure. Disconnect the sway bar end links from the spindles by loosening the retaining nut so it is flush with the end of the threads. Using the brass drift against the endlink nut take the hammer and hit the brass drift so it will free up the endlink without damaging it. Penetrating oil will also help free up the endlink. Use caution to not the damage the endlinks.

Use a Jack stand to support the engine and unbolt the left and right motor mounts so the engine cradle can be lowered while the engine stays in place. Using the floor jack to support the engine cradle remove the eight mounting bolts. Lower the engine cradle just enough to be able to remove the sway bar by lifting it over the front lip of the engine cradle on the pass side. You lift the bar over the pass side of the engine cradle where the bracket was modified.


Once the bar is freed from the pass side of the engine cradle you can then slide the bar out the pass side of the car. Great care must be taken to lower the engine cradle down only enough to remove the old sway bar and to install the new sway bar. This amounts to only about 1.5".


Remove the endlinks from the old sway bar with the same procedure as removing them from the spindle.

Install the endlinks on the new sway bar. Note: The end of the end links that have the 90-degree angle are the ends that go on the sway bar.


Install the new sway bar into the engine cradle using the reverse procedure you used to remove the old bar.

Lube and install the new sway bar bushings and bracket making sure the 1/2" spacer that is included in the kit goes under the bushing bracket and bushing.

Tighten down the bracket.

Center the sway bar in the engine cradle using the mark on the center of the bar and the harmonic balancer as a reference. Install the new collars that came with the kit on the inboard side of the bushings.

These collars keep the bar from moving laterally. Rotate the collars so the top of the retaining screws are pointing up. This way they will be accessible in the future. Use a drop of locktight on the end threads of the collar securing screws so they won't loosen up.

Reinstall the eight mounting bolts from the engine cradle to the frame but do not tighten them up. You will notice aligning holes in the frame and the engine cradle. Using A length of 3/4" diameter pipe or rod or a deep well socket that has a 3/4" OD diameter align the engine cradle to the frame using these alignment holes and tighten the eight mounting bolts.

Bolt the motor mounts back on

Reassemble all the other systems in reverse order but do not put the wheels back on.

Make sure you reconnect the steering linkage on the steering shaft.
Mount the wheels back on the car. This finishes the install for the ADDCO front anti sway bar kit.


For any questions please e-mail Mark McCormack at [email protected]
 
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