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Little Tire Traction—Part I » DR-1105-FRAME-08-KS

We didn’t use lift bars, airbags or trick springs (the stock six-cylinder springs are in the car), and we didn’t use revised suspension geometry either. The key to making these things hook is in the anti-roll bar and the shock absorbers. To pre-load the suspension in an A, G or Fox-body Mustang, a sway bar is most often used. When the car is driving straight down the road, an anti-roll bar is effectively in a neutral position, meaning it has no affect upon the way the car feels or works. It also has no effect upon ride height. Get on the throttle though, and the anti-roll bar counteracts torque rotation. Increasing the diameter of a stock rear bar or using a weld-in anti-roll bar allows you to tune the amount of torque rotation the car has. The beauty of the weld-in ARB is that you can physically get underneath the car and adjust the links that locate the bar to the rear axle housing (see inset photo). That means you can add or subtract pre-load at will, and it’s pretty easy to disconnect or disable should it be desired.

We didn’t use lift bars, airbags or trick springs (the stock six-cylinder springs are in the car), and we didn’t use revised suspension geometry either. The key to making these things hook is in the anti-roll bar and the shock absorbers. To pre-load the suspension in an A, G or Fox-body Mustang, a sway bar is most often used. When the car is driving straight down the road, an anti-roll bar is effectively in a neutral position, meaning it has no affect upon the way the car feels or works. It also has no effect upon ride height. Get on the throttle though, and the anti-roll bar counteracts torque rotation. Increasing the diameter of a stock rear bar or using a weld-in anti-roll bar allows you to tune the amount of torque rotation the car has. The beauty of the weld-in ARB is that you can physically get underneath the car and adjust the links that locate the bar to the rear axle housing (see inset photo). That means you can add or subtract pre-load at will, and it’s pretty easy to disconnect or disable should it be desired.


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