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Ford Focus Sway Bars

A sway bar is also called an anti-roll bar, stabilizer bar, or anti-sway bar. As the name suggests, this part of the vehicle is an important part of the vehicles suspension. This is because it prevents its body from rolling excessively as it goes around corners or goes over obstructions in the road.

Why should you upgrade your Ford’s sway bar?

Under normal circumstances, the sway bar on your Ford Focus should last a long time, since they are made from metal. Nevertheless, they can be prone to rust and corrosion through the years. This is especially true for those living in areas of the country where it snows, and salt is applied to the roads. Additionally, if you drive your Ford Focus across rough terrain on a regular basis, this puts the links and bushings under a great deal of stress.

If you are someone who enjoys racing your Ford Focus as a hobby, you should look into upgrading your stabilizer bar. Whether it is a drag racing, derby racing, or track racing vehicle, it will often go through tight corners at high speeds. A sway bar that can handle these challenges is essential.

What are bar bushings?

Ford sway bars are fitted with bushings and are key components of their function. They are what allows sway bars to "float" and react to the movements of the suspension. The bushing is connected to the chassis and positions the lower control arm. The bushings allow the car to be more tractable in curves and turns.

How do you choose a Ford Focus sway bar?

As with any type of motor vehicle, it is important to choose the parts carefully. This means you should fully understand what type of performance you are looking to achieve from an anti-roll bar. This goes hand in hand with the type of application you have in mind. For example, a Ford Focus designed for drag racing will have a rear anti-roll bar installed to keep both rear tires firmly planted to the pavement. This enhances the vehicle’s launch. Furthermore, a drag racing rear sway bar would make for a stiff ride if used daily on the street, since its purpose is to keep the vehicle in a straight line.

On the other extreme, drifters love to hit all the corners they can. They will want Focus sway bars that are easy to adjust on a frequent basis. This is because they may want to change the stiffness to match the type of track, street, or large open space they plan to drift on. Additionally, drifters like to have their front sway bars 40 to 50% stiffer than the rear sway bars.

When considering what type of sway bars to use for track racing, the preferences can vary. The main concern of track racers is keeping all four tires as flat as possible on the pavement while going through curves. They are also looking for Focus sway bars that are simple to adjust. When it comes to solid or hollow sway bars, they work the same, with the only difference being weight.