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How different is the effect of the rear bar when hooking it to the axle, and then the frame, vs hooking it to both control arms. Is the control arm to control arm bar less effective? and why it's a 26mm unit, where as the fords used a much smaller unit? If this setup is more effective, I'm tempted to use this on my Sedan as an upgraded rear bar, while using a set of stock lower control arms that are boxed by myself.

Aka, a cheap effective junkyard/ home setup.
 

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I realize there are alot of aftermarket bars out there. But they still require a set of $200+ rear arms, on top of the $120 bar cost. Last time I was at the junkyard, there were quite few Town Cars, and Crown Vics. Plus, my dad has a few Town Cars around, that I could take a bar off to fit, and not be out any money if I don't like it, and put it back.

I forgot about the Anti-roll bar drag racers use. Can see how this bar can be adjusted to give a similar effects. I'll be adding this to the suspension sticky.
 

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Before I 'discovered' the Crown Vic to wagon rear swaybar swap.

The full sized Bronco/F-150 ('80-'96) rear sway bar assembly will actually bolt right in some applications, and,,,,, is a 'almost' direct bolt in, on other applications! The length of the mounting link bolts will have to be shortened.
That bar is pretty big, IIRC. The one on my dads 4wd 95 F-150 is bigger than the one on the back of the 95 Town Car we have. I thought about taking some measurements off it. I was looking under an 80's bronco at the yard, and the rear bar on that thing was monstrous.
 

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In '98 they went from a panhard rod to a watts link. Since thats behind and above the axle I can not see it making a difference how the sway bar mounts.

The pre 98 Ford fullsizes did NOT have a panhard bar. If they did.... then the Crown Vics are different than the Town Cars... Or I'm just extremely blind.

I was under out 95 Town Car a few days ago. I was just under a 2000 Town Car tonight, and I see what they did. The pre 98 setup is JUST like a B-body. Parallel lower control arms, and triangulated upper arms to center the axle. 98 and newer, they have much MUCH smaller lower control arms that have vitually no side to side strength. THe uppers are moved to the outside just on top of the lowers. Then you have a watts linkage on the top of the pinion area on the axle. To be honest, it looks like a much better setup than what the General gave us. I wonder what a watts linkage on a B-body would do. Tad already showed that a panhard bar does wonders.



The sway bar setup on the 2000 Town Car looked the same as the setup on the 95 Town Car.

The CV bar on any B-body will not reduce the rear axle side to side movement a all, the only thing it will do is flatten the car in turns. The B-bodies have a serious issue with rear axle side to side movement that can be limited with stronger lower control arms with stiff bushings, or the factory design swaybar. If you are going to do a CV bar you should still do lower control arms to limit that movement as well, and handling will really be improved drastically.
You should mention you did the rear LCA's on your wagon, and saw this improvement first hand. Which brings me back to the watts linkage. I really would be temtped to put one on a B-body, if I was concerned at all with how my cars handle.
 

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I have been looking under Crown Vics, and Town Cars at the local U-pull it yards for the better part of two years. The largest bars I was finding, was the run of the mill Town Car bar in a 17mm. Finally, I came across a 21mm rear bar on a 94ish Crown Victoria. It was a very high optioned car with an ECC, leather, power seats, and had air springs originally. And the icing on the cake, was it was half off day the next weekend. Cost me $15 out the door on a half price day.

I look forward to putting this on my wagon, and boxing up my stock LCA's.

I found this video on YouTube, and thought it was a pretty good process for doing things on the cheap.

 
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