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    Had some extra time today and walked my local yard, found mx3 recaros but someone left the window down so they were ruined. However I did manage to buy 4 sway bars, 3-19mm and a 21mm from a wagon. Got all 4 for $106 and they pulled them for me so pretty decent. I started sanding a couple of them today when I returned to mi casa. As my name says I am in Minnesota so the parts from the yard are a bit rusty but I made sure to get the cleanest ones I could find as there were many escorts to choose from. Not completely done, I will update the thread as I go. Not a huge project by any means but by the time I'm done they will look brand new. What has everybody else paid for your rsbs front the yard? And while I'm on a rant what are the correct links to use?


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    As you can see they are not the prettiest at the moment. Those are the two that are not sanded just for reference. All surface rust and came off really easy


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    These are the two sanded ones drying at the moment. The black one will be on member yellowrocketship's s/r and I am considering painting his name on there to give it some uniqueness. Yellow one is going on my s/r as of now. Both are 19mm


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    My local yards charge $26.75 out the door, but I have to pull 'em. Bought a complete Energy Suspension bushing kit for the car, so I used the ones in there when I put in my 19mm.

    1 running Ford out of 5 isn't bad, right?

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    $13 you pull it
    99 Escort sedan - Aquamarine frost metallic, 5-speed.
    99 Escort wagon - Zetec swap - Atlantic blue, automatic.
    00 Escort ZX2 - Toreador red, automatic. Suffering from abandonment issues.

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    i usually buy a whole car for $0-$300

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    The base price where I got them is $20 u pull it and 40 they pull it so I guess I ended up paying the average. Couple more coats of paint after a wet sand then they should be done. Hopefully today


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    Could I get the d bushings for a 2nd gen escort or do they not make poly d bushings for them? I haven't looked yet myself, just thought of it as I was looking at the old ones that came with the bars


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    D bushings are the same sedan or ZX2 if thats what you're asking. 19mm is the same as 3/4" and 21mm (.826") is closest to 13/16 (.812"). It'll squish. Make sure to put on the sticky teflon grease that comes the poly bushingsto keep the squeeks at bay

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX2.0 View Post
    D bushings are the same sedan or ZX2 if thats what you're asking. 19mm is the same as 3/4" and 21mm (.826") is closest to 13/16 (.812"). It'll squish. Make sure to put on the sticky teflon grease that comes the poly bushingsto keep the squeeks at bay

    1 running Ford out of 5 isn't bad, right?
    Sorry for the poor wording. I thought I had read around that a few guys on here have drilled out their poly bushings to make them fit? Could I just get 91-96 LX D bushings? As they should have a larger diameter hole I would assume


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    Yes. Get the sedan bushings for 19mm bar and get wagon bushings for 21mm. I have seen some new replacement bushings that are a harder blue (i think) rubber. Might be Moog? Not totaly sure. I think guys drill out the poly because its fairly easy to do and saves having to buy a set of bushings.

    1 running Ford out of 5 isn't bad, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX2.0 View Post
    Yes. Get the sedan bushings for 19mm bar and get wagon bushings for 21mm. I have seen some new replacement bushings that are a harder blue (i think) rubber. Might be Moog? Not totaly sure. I think guys drill out the poly because its fairly easy to do and saves having to buy a set of bushings.

    1 running Ford out of 5 isn't bad, right?
    Right on thanks


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    The first 2 19mm bars are done. The black looks really nice and the yellow also looks good but up close you can obviously see more flaws. But overall I am very happy with how they turned out and I will post updates on the install and the other two sway bars when I have gotten that far


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    If they are medium blue ones they are probably Moog, If they are light blue then the are probably Mevotech. I have been using the Moog ones on my Escorts, Contour, and Mustang, they work well, noticeable change in handling and no noise. They were way harder than the factory ones, and are split at the side rather than the bottom like the factory ones for the Escort. They are tight on the 19MM bars, and real tight on the 21MM bars. They both gap a little when you put them on, but the gap closes up tight when you screw the mounts down. I just ordered ones for 1995 Escort Sedan (.75") and 1995 EGT (.83") from Rock Auto.

    Did you find that your 19MM bars were hollow? I have two of them, and both are hollow, while my two 21MM bars (One SW, one EGT) are solid. The 19MM are lighter than the stock 13MM ZX2 ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zx2MTX View Post
    If they are medium blue ones they are probably Moog, If they are light blue then the are probably Mevotech. I have been using the Moog ones on my Escorts, Contour, and Mustang, they work well, noticeable change in handling and no noise. They were way harder than the factory ones, and are split at the side rather than the bottom like the factory ones for the Escort. They are tight on the 19MM bars, and real tight on the 21MM bars. They both gap a little when you put them on, but the gap closes up tight when you screw the mounts down. I just ordered ones for 1995 Escort Sedan (.75") and 1995 EGT (.83") from Rock Auto.

    Did you find that your 19MM bars were hollow? I have two of them, and both are hollow, while my two 21MM bars (One SW, one EGT) are solid. The 19MM are lighter than the stock 13MM ZX2 ones.
    Thanks for the info just what I was looking for. And yes all 3 19s are hollow and the 21 off of the wagon is a damn boat anchor. I'm gonna refab the 21 and keep it in the closet until I get a stiffer set up



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