Did your snake come stock with a sway bar?

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  1. 94gtstang50

    94gtstang50 Well-Known Member

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    What years came stock with an upper front sway bar?
     
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    SVT Cobra New Member

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    "(The) upper strut tower brace came standard in the Mustang GT/Cobra from '96 - '97 but is missing in the V6 Base model Mustangs and many new '98 Mustangs."

    from this website

    http://www.mustangworld.com/ourpics/fcar/upper1.htm

    don't know how accurate it is, but it seems to be the case.

    -Mark
     
  3. 94gtstang50

    94gtstang50 Well-Known Member

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    Interesting.....makes sense now that I think about it. As always, ford is concerned with giving their customers the best they have to offer without cutting the corners.
     
  4. Matt94GT

    Matt94GT Legend SN95 Supporter Retired Staff

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    Well my 94 had one stock, my brothers 94 had one stock...
     
  5. Lightning Struck

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    just to let u guys know my 99 did not come with one
     
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    the GT models from 94-95 came with one i believe, but not the cobra's. and like said above the 96,97 model cobras came with one but not the 98's. I remember reading somewhere that there wa sreason they didn't put them on, but can't think of the reason.
     
  7. 94gtstang50

    94gtstang50 Well-Known Member

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    94-95 cobras had one, I test drove one owned by an older guy, totally stock, and it had it.
     
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    No 94-95 cobra came with a strut tower brace stock. I have talked to an engineer from ford about it right after I got my cobra (back in 2002). There wasn't one designed at the time to fit over/around the cobra intake. A couple of years later when the aftermarket was exploding with parts for the 94-95's. That is when several companies came out with strut tower braces for the 94-95 cobras.
     
  9. 94gtstang50

    94gtstang50 Well-Known Member

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    Didn't know that, but here's proof:
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  10. TxCobrA98

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    my 98 snake doesn't have a strut tower brace.. its boneeeeeeeeeeeeeee stock... eek!
     
  11. 94gtstang50

    94gtstang50 Well-Known Member

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    Don't worry, you are not alone, mine is pretty much all stock too. :nonono:
     
  12. tomustang

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    better off without one anyway, unless you have a vert and want to reduce cowl shake
     
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    badass98svt Well-Known Member

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    96-97 cobras came stock with the STB
    however, 98s did not, due to a reinforced firewall
     
  14. 96SVTCobra

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    Any reason why I shouldn't take mine off? Anyone ever taken it off and noticed any difference (the only racing my car does is in a straight line so I've been thinking of getting rid of it)
     
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    tomustang New Member

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    No, ford was just cheap, and their engineers thought they didn't need it anymore
     
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    no reason, unless you have a vert
     
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    If all you do is drag racing, defnitely take it off.

    If you do any daily driving/road racing/auto-x I would leave it on. There is a big difference in handling (better) with it on.
     
  18. notfasteA..nuf

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    I noticed a bit of extra vibrations with it off - nothing harsh, just didn't seem as rigid taking long sweeing fast turns, more flex I guess. Could have been all mental but I'm all for chassis support. I had the stock one on, ran a month without one, and then installed the MM a couple weeks ago.
     
  19. badass98svt

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    If you guys want to improve handling on your lowered stangs, but a $15 pair of Swaybar Endlinks from Prothane or Energy Suspension. When you lower the car, you need to install shorter endlinks to restore the suspension geometry. I noticed a good difference after I swapped mine.
    I bought mine from Arts Parts for cheap (a good guy). But I was told Auto Zone and other auto stores carry them as well.