Mustangs Plus shows you how easy it is to install a Grab-A-Trak® Front Sway Bar Kit on your 1965 to 1973 Mustang!
Reprinted from Restomod Magazine, Winter 2009
Someone once asked me, "What's the easiest and least expensive thing I can do to my classic Mustang that will make the biggest difference in the way it drives and handles?" OK. You caught me. No one ever asked me that in those exact words. Close, but not exact! But, if they did, I would tell them that a larger front sway bar would be the thing they are after!
The reason for this is that Ford, either to save money or because they just didn't know any better, put wimpy little anti-roll bars, which we now call sway bars, on their passenger cars of the 1960's. It took Carroll Shelby and his racing team to build a real honest to goodness sway bar for the Mustang when they started racing them in 1965. Here's what a sway bar does. As the car is going through a corner, weight is transferred to the front wheel on the other side of the car that the turn is being made. In other words, during a turn to the left, the right front tire will have weight transferred to it and the left front wheel will have less weight on it. I'm sure you've all heard tires squeal as a car drives through a turn. Well, this is what a sway bar corrects.
A sway bar helps to control the weight that is transferring from one tire to the other. The bigger the sway bar, the more weight transfer is controlled. This is because the sway bar is attached to the frame rails of the car with frame bushings and each end of the sway bar is attached to the lower control arms with end links. As the car starts to lean, the sway bar is twisted because one side is trying to push up and the other side is being pulled down. This action keeps the car flatter in the turns, keeps move of the tire tread on the road and makes the car handle better.
From the factory, the stock 1965 Mustang front sway bar size was a puny 11/16" in diameter. When the GT package was introduced as one of the one year anniversary options in March of 1965 (the other one year option was Pony Interior), the GT got a special sway bar that was a little larger at 13/16" diameter. When Shelby started racing Mustangs, they increased the sway bar size to 1" in diameter. That's why the 1" Front Sway Bar Kits are as popular as they are today.
As the years wore on and engine sizes got bigger and tires got wider, front sway bar sizes from 1965 to 1973 increased. But, they never got to the 1" diameter of Shelbys. So, the 1" front sway bar and the 1 1/8" front sway bar became very popular upgrades for the 1965 to 1973 Mustangs.
Our Grab-A-Trak® Front Sway Bar Kits come complete with the frame bushings, metal frame brackets, end links and a front sway bar in your choice of 1" or 1 1/8" in diameter. A further upgrade in our Grab-A-Trak® Front Sway Bar Kits is the polyurethane bushings. For a sway bar to start working, it has to crush the rubber bushings to a point where the runner can not be compressed any further. With polyurethane, there is very little compressing to be done so the bar can start working much sooner.
Follow along as we show you how easy it is to install a new Grab-A-Trak® Front Sway Bar Kit on your classic Mustang and to take that sway away! You won't believe the difference a half inch or so can make!