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I currently have a front sway bar fitted on my '65, but no rear sway bar. I understand that this is not too clever. I am about to purchase the rear sway bar kit, and wonder if any one has any advice regarding fitting the sway bar, adjustments necessary, or plain old things to watch out for?

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Fitting the rear sway bar usually tends to increase oversteer.What diameters are the front & rear bars?Usually a heavier front bar will give you good, balanced handling.
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give mike a call from maier racing in hayward, ca. he
has some neat leaf springs that he sells. ask him
about them and he will advise you that after you use
his springs, there will be no need to fit a rear sway
bar in. i'm currently running 5-leaf mid-eyes w/rear
bar. i will be buying his springs very soon.

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Depends what you want. Stock early Mustang is a pig, plough, whatever. But it does feel safe, because your gut reaction when in trouble, is usually lifting off gas until you hit something or front tires get grip again. If your driving habits are careful (read wimpish), just get soft shocks and wallow on softly. If you like cornering aggressively, get rear sway bar. Slightly oversteering car is faster around corners. Heavy oversteering might be fun on loose surface with 4-wheel slides power on, but not on tarmac. If you put 1" front bar and 5/8" rear bar, understeering is reduced, but you still don't have oversteering car normally. Over- or understeer depend on many other things than just bars. Tire adhesion difference, roll axis, spring rates and so on. GT springs and 1" front bar and 3/4 rear bar is the most enjoyable combination provided car is not otherwise weird. Definitely not too harsh, not too challenging. If in doubt, get adjustable rear bar.

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Ford originally equipped these cars with only front bars because, as pointed out by another poster, adding a rear bar tends to increase oversteer (the tendency for RWD cars to be 'tail happy' in turns). IIRC, it was not until the 69 Bosses that the factory put rear bars on cars (not sure about Shelbys).

Even then, the diameter of the rear bar was smaller than the front. So...if you are gonna add a rear bar - go to a bigger (1-inch probably) front bar as well.

I got both of my bars from Mustangs Plus (MustangsPlus.com), but they are available from virtually all of the Mustang specialtiy vendors.

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Shelby's may have used over or under-ride bars as a way to improve traction but also as a substitute for a pan-hard rod for limiting rear axle side-to-side movement. Adding a rear sway bar without having an overall suspension plan may be a mistake. I removed the after market rear sway bar a PO had installed on my car.

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I installed a Mustang Plus sway bar kit: 1" in front and (I think) 5/8" in rear. I found the steering was much better, more balanced, with minimal oversteer. Try it; you'll like it.

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I also have the 1" front and 5/8" rear on my '68, and think the combo is excellent. Now I just need new springs, but can't decide how stiff to go, the car rides sooooo smooooth. But, due to 33 years of aging the car is sitting too low and the rear end hits the rubber snubbers when I get on it. Gotta do something soon. I am leaning towards the GT springs. Anyone know the stiffness? I think it's 550#?

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I used stock springs on mine, but cut them down an inch. Plenty firm for me.

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