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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-31-2017, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Front sway bar Removal

Are there any secrets in order to remove the front sway bar on a 95 cougar?

The engine is in the car.

Thanks Rick

Also, its not going back on.

One more thing, are the stock sway bars solid or hollow?

Because I might have to use a fire wrench, I don't have one now.

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Solid. You need to lower the K member and take it out from the front

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Are there any secrets in order to remove the front sway bar on a 95 cougar?

The engine is in the car.

Thanks Rick

Also, its not going back on.

One more thing, are the stock sway bars solid or hollow?

Because I might have to use a fire wrench, I don't have one now.
If it's not going back on.... consider cutting it with a plasma torch or angle grinder + patience.
You'd be wasting money (since they can be resold -- although in my experience unless you have a more desirable one the resale value is minimal compared to say a rear bar).

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Ok, the job is done.

For anyone who needs the information, the front bar is a pill to remove.

I started with a sawzall, it worked good.
I cut half way through the bar in about three minutes.
It was awkward.
So I decided to try my six year old $10 (free from HarborFreight)
angle grinder.
60 seconds later, the bar is cut in half.

The rear bar falls right off.

Both bars, all four end links, nuts, bolts, bushings, dust caps and bushing brackets weigh 39 lbs.

I looked at Chilton and Haynes manuals on how to remove these things, both had the exact same instructions.


So, just cut the fucker in half for a drag car!

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There ya go! I know Rob ran his without bars too when he ran his 9.98ish run.

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I love my $10 harbor freight angle grinder!

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I could see a track only car being without the front sway bar but doesn't the rear bar actually help with the launch?
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We will see.

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I could see a track only car being without the front sway bar but doesn't the rear bar actually help with the launch?
Yep. The good news is that it's easy enough to bolt that one back on.
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Thursday and Friday at Atlanta Dragway, the sway bars being off the car did not make a difference in launch, traction or anything else.

No wheel hop and no rock-n-rollng during a pass.

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No change in 60' times or anything? For the work involved, that's a bummer.

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I took them off for the weight.

60' times are hard to tell.

My best 60' time was 1.79 with22" tall front tires, plus deep staging.
Now the 60' is 1.75.

That could be due to things too numerous
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