Progress Rear Anti-Sway Bar in 2001 ZX3
(Anti-sway bar can also be called a 'sway bar' and 'anti-roll bar')
Compliments of myFordFocus.com Forum Member: 20/20
Time to Complete: 1 hr (+ 1 hr if do optional painting of U brackets)
NOTE: This is an easy install, but does require jacking up rear of car and removing both rear wheels. Safety first! If you do not have access to a lift you then need (2) 3+ ton rated floor jacks and (2) 3 ton rated floor jack stands.
Instructions: (Click Images to Enlarge!)
The Progress anti-sway bar comes with all necessary parts (U brackets, polyurethane bushings/end link assemblies, bolts, cup washers, and grease tube) needed for the anti- sway bar installation.
The instructions are clear and complete with the one exception dealing with the tightening of the end link assembly. The instructions state "Tighten the end link until you cannot rotate the cup washer by hand, then one more full turn. DO NOT over-tighten and the end links!" It could be just my bias, but when something is place in caps 'DO NOT..' and sentence is ended with '!' I would prefer a little more explanation of consequences and inclusion of a picture showing a correctly installed end link.
Another minor point... when installing the Progress supplied U brackets for the pivot joints the instructions state "Using the stock (OEM) hardware, attach the bar and brackets to the stock mounting locations" and what they mean (but not state specifically) by 'OEM hardware' is reusing the OEM sway bar 'U' brackets.
Since the Progress anti-sway bar install instructions are reasonably complete (noting the before mentioned caveats) I will not repeat, but rather expand on a few points or techniques of the sway bar install process including my optional painting of the U brackets.
The Progress Anti-Sway bar is now installed. The Progress bar was installed as part of the installation of the Eibach Pro Damper suspension upgrade therefor the pictures show the Eibach coils and shocks. Click Images to Enlarge!
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