update: spent sunday at my buddy's shop that has a lift. tore off the crusty stock front sway bar, complete with rusted, snap-away endlinks and crumbling bushings and put on my stock SS 30mm bar with ES poly bushings and endlinks. i was surprised how easy the mount bolts came out of the frame with a little PB blaster. also added the fUrd 20.5mm rear bar with ES polys. a big thanks to bob aka golf caddy for his help throughout the day, and hopefully he'll retrieve all of the metal shavings out of his ear in the near future.
first driving impressions: WOW! even with my 235-70r15 winterforce winter tires on, and the fact that my front bar's bushings were wasted, the improvement was dramatic. one of my favorite mods ever. i would recommend this to anyone with a wagon, i'd give it 10, 10 , f-ing 10! at speed going around long sweeping bends, slower corners in parking lots, bumpy roads, train tracks, and pretty much every other driving condition you can think of has become a pleasure rather than a chore. can't wait to see how it feels with a trailer on the back. don't spend time thinking about doing this mod, get the parts and see how great it is!
sidebar: throughout the course of it's well-used life, the top of the left and right front door run channels had rolled under and were not allowing the glass to fully close. this resulted in very minor windnoise, poor insulation, and now that it's freezing here, there was frost on the INSIDE of the windows. well i borrowed a heat gun, pulled the channels out, and carefully used the heat to reshape the channels and put them back into place. between these minor "mods", it feels like i've taken 10+ years off of the age of this vehicle! sometimes it's the cheap and even free mods that make the biggest differences.
oh, and don't ask for pics, we brought the camera, and only managed to piss off bob's wife and my fiancee for taking so long on a "2 or 3 hour project". carstuff + yuengling = late for everything.