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I have looked but I cant find exactly what I need. I need the exact model number of the energy suspension rear swaybar endlink kit that I need for my 95 cougar v6. I was at autozone today and I looked at a bunch of universal ones but wasnt sure which ones i need. They had like 4 or 5 different lengths and thicknesses but i didn't want to buy the wrong one, I also didn't want to take off the old ones if they didnt have the new ones in stock. If anyone can let me know I want to do these asap. Thanks.
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A quick search of energy suspension end links brings up several threads listing part number 9.8119RC I am currently using the same kit on my 1.25" lower thunderbird with no problems.

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I saw those but i wasn't sure if they would work since my car isn't lowered. Thanks for the info.

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I put on the new energy suspension end links today and boy what a difference. Don't know if the car had more pep then usual but it felt better on "launch" and tires spun more easily when I gunned it into a turn from a dead stop. It def also leans much less in turns. Can't wait to do the front suspension to have a nicely handling non rattling front end with no clunks lol.
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Did you end up going with the pn I supplied or a different kit?

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Yeah that was the part number I used. Thanks again. I also noticed a lot of rattling that I thought was coming from up front/mid section of the car is not gone so I guess it was the rear end links this whole time. I will have to post up pictures of the old ones the area between the lower bushings( goes through LCA) was all destroyed, dented, and miss shaped. Car does feel much better now. I am surprised at how much something so cheap can affect the cars handling. The old bushings were brittle and I think who ever changed them last only replaced the bushing on the bottom of the end links because they didn't match the others in color (all others were black these were blue/green) and a slightly different shape.

I dont know how these will hold up being that my car isnt lowered but I figure If I have a problem with them like some people seem to have with the bolt snapping I will just go buy some grade 8 bolts that should do the trick. T
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Do you have any pics? I just ordered the same end links for my 94 Bird. Was it an easy install?
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Hello Wishkah

Where the links to the rear the same length? Where did you get them at and how much are they? I would like to replace my stock ones because they really look flimsy especially the rod part of the links. I would really appreciate the info.
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I don't have pics right now but will be doing a bunch of work on the car tomorrow(or) saturday and will be glad to get some pics. The install wasn't to bad if your bolts aren't frozen. I sprayed mine with some PB and let them sit like 2 minutes before going to work and they came right off.
If you are a smaller person you can do these with the wheels on, however for me this was not an option because I am a big guy. If you cant get it with the wheels on, jack up the back of the car and put it on jack stands( after wheels are loose). Then use the jack to raise the control arm, I found it was easiest to remove the bolt that goes through the link on the upper side first then the top nut and last the bottom nut. Once they are out you might have to adjust the height of the jack to allow room for the installation of the new set. Pop the new ones in and repeat on the other side. Took me about 45 minutes because I had to jack it up, if not would have taken me 15-20 minutes.

Tino, I see you're in NYC which boro? If you ever need a hand just let me know. There aren't many of us city guy around this site. And to answer your question the length of the new ones is perfect.
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I am by the brooklyn-queens border. Near the western beef on metropolitan ave. I noticed that you also did your uca's today. I had to do mine on two different days in 20 degree weather. Wasn't much fun. You lucked out that it happened now when it was nice out. Hope that everything is good now. You have friday's off. That is pretty good. Well also post pics if possible of the end links in the rear.
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I just installed mine and I am very pleased now. A lot less clunking (only coming from the front now) and the rear feels better. Apparently the top bushing on the drivers side rear sway end link was completely gone!

But, great upgrade for only about $15 and 25 minutes.
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sorry for the delay.
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wishkah is that the way you are supposed to put the links on? i put them on the same way that the stock ones were on with the nut on the bottom. Should i reverse them if this is not correct. Also i was only able to get one on. the other side it wouldn't line up so i had to put the old one back on. I bought them because the one side broke off, but the other was still good. Any info would be of great help to me. Thanks
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what is the PN on that kit? I want to get those instead of those expensive crap ones that I kill in about 2 yrs. We are talking about rear swaybar endlinks right?
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the part number is posted above dude....
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lol thanks man, thats what I get for not reading the whole thread. I'm gonna get some of these soon.
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wishkah is that the way you are supposed to put the links on? i put them on the same way that the stock ones were on with the nut on the bottom. Should i reverse them if this is not correct. Also i was only able to get one on. the other side it wouldn't line up so i had to put the old one back on. I bought them because the one side broke off, but the other was still good. Any info would be of great help to me. Thanks
Thats fine, I installed mine like yours when I got my addco bar, no issues at all.

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Im sure it doesn't matter which way you put the bolt, I did it this way cause I thought it looked better and I saw no reason it would be ill advised to do it this way. Its been a few months now and so far so good, no bending or cracking so far, still look new.
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tino, I see your location is nyc so if you need help getting the other side on feel free to let me know and I will gladly give you a hand. It took a little maneuvering of the jack to get it to finally line up right but eventually it worked out just fine.
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