Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Lexington, SC CSA
Sway bar end link length and oil pan clearance
My car hasn't run in four years, and I'm trying to get it put back together.
The problem that I am facing is that my swaybar is contacting the oil pan drain plug. In an attempt to offset this, I lowered my coil spring perch all the way to the bottom and placed a jack under the control arm and raised it until the bump stop was just making contact (and the end links were completely disconnected). I rotated the sway bar until it was about 1/8" from making contact with the drain plug on the oil pan. This left me with about 3 1/4" between the sway bar and the control arm. I bought 6" long Grade 8 bolts and extra thick Grade 8 3/8" washers to use as a spacer tailored to the space available.
When I put all of this together, I am not convinced that the suspension is able to achieve full droop, and there is much more preload on the coilspring. In fact, I haven't fully gotten it into its normal place for the ride height I was using yet. It looks like the bending loads placed on the bolt will be severe.
Will the suspension actually compress all the way to bump stop? My instinct says that I am leaving myself short there, but I could be wrong, else why have bumpstops?
For the record, the car is equipped as follows: 1989 Mustang LX coupe with 408W set back 1", Canton 15-694 oil pan, MMKM-1, MMFCA-1, MMCO-2, MMFSB-1, and MMFSB-51 (with the sway bar mounted in the first set of holes to move it 0.75" forward). I can provide pictures if needed.
I would appreciate any advice y'all can offer.
(This is pretty much the text of a PM sent to Jack Hidley, but I figured I'd post it here as well in case anyone else is having the same problem.)