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Old 06-14-2009, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

I ordered front and rear sway bar kits for my 65 Galaxie through Summit Racing. Those folks are great. The rear bar is on back order. It is an Addco unit. I remember I had this kind of set up on a 65 a few years back. The rear bar mounted on the trailing arms instead of the frame. This seems to me to be a weak mounting set up. Is the Quickor unit the same arrangement? Does anyone who has used this kind of mounting have trouble with the mounts. I had to reinforce the stock upper front sway bar mounts (the triangular piece that has three bolts to the frame.) as they eventually broke. Thanks. If the Quickor is a better set up, I will cancel the Addco and order one from Quickor. Thanks.

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Old 06-14-2009, 08:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

I haven't a clue, but plan to do the same on my '66, so please keep us posted on the project.
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Old 06-15-2009, 02:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I put the sway bar that mounts on the rear lower control arms on my 65 about 5 years ago and have had no problems. Im running a 466/535hp engine and a C6 with 4:11 gears, and its fine
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Old 06-15-2009, 04:21 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

How did the Summit front bar work out? How thick was it and did the bushings fit up and how did the new bar change your ride?
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Re: Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

65460,

Thanks for the info. Given your powertrain strength, my 352/Cruiso should be very tame on the rear bar. I will go ahead with the order.

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The bar from Summit is an Addco kit, Summit has the best prices by far. It fits in the stock position, comes with taller A-arm link set, brackets and bushings which bolt to the stock brackets on each frame side. Very easy installation and along with KYB gas shocks, aluminum rims and good radial tires the car is literally transformed into a very capable driver. Cornering is much flatter, the car sits and plants itself in curves very predictably, it doesn't bounce and sway. Makes the car a pleasure to drive the California coastal mountain roads. I also recommend lowering the front springs by one and a half to two inches and an inch to inch and a half in the back to get the center of gravity down to a more manageable level. These old galaxies tend to sit very high in the front which inhibits handling. I plan on doing the 77/78 Ford/Mercury disk brake conversion, I have power brakes already, and installing a polyurethane bushing kit front and rear. A tip on Summit Racing, if you do a search of their suspension parts for a Galaxie you won't come up with anything. Go to the Addco site and get their part numbers for the correct kit and then enter them into the Summit search box for suspensions and it will come up. These guys are fast. The West Coast warehouse is in Reno. If I order early in the morning on a week day, the stuff is often delivered by late afternoon the next day.

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Old 06-15-2009, 08:58 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

Mark

Thank you for the detail on the install, as I was not keen on repositioning any brackets, and also the search tip. What width bar did you get? Did you cut the springs or get new ones?

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Re: Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

You used to be able to buy direct from Addco, and I think they had the best prices I found. Their e-store used to be swaybars.com, but that URL doesn't seem to work for me anymore. The shipping costs to Canada was certainly substantially less than Jegs, or Summit.
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Putt,

Sorry...I forgot to mention that the front sway bar is one inch and an eighth in diameter. Substantially heavier than the stock unit. The rear is 7/8 inch diameter. I initially cut the front coils but cut too much, put a twist-in spacer to bring back up to where I wanted it, then went with two inch dropped springs from Eaton.
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What are the part numbers for the front and the back swaybar that you ordered?
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Old 06-15-2009, 09:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The 1965 Galaxie Summit Numbers are:

Front Sway Bar kit ACO-816

Rear Sway Bar kit ACO-937

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Old 06-17-2009, 04:29 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

Thank you for the numbers!
Did the springs make much of a difference vis a vis the cut ones?

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Re: Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

The change between the cut springs and the new ones was minimal as far as cornering and ride judging by the seat of my pants but the new ones fit better in the upper and lower pockets. I didn't put that many miles on the cut ones and I had to put spacers in them to get the ride height back up to a usable level after I cut too much off. I had to do a hillbilly wheel alignment in the driveway to get the camber and toe set. I don't recommend doing this unless you have some frontend experience. I had to do front end alignment training as an apprentice and did that kind of work for a few years before moving into engine performance/computer control at the dealer. I can get it pretty close. When I get time I will take it to have the alignment done by laser. You can get the toe-in close using a tape measure, eyeballing the wheels, etc. but the camber/caster is the most difficult without the proper equipment. I also found that Bilstein and possibly Koni makes some high end adjustable shocks that would fit. They are expensive so I put them on a wish list. Today is a 3 guage set and tachometer install. Still soaking the exhaust manifold bolts and fretting about spending the cash on Sanderson headers.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:01 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Re: Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

Then I think I will just get the sway bar for now and see how that works out. I am planning on replacing the tie tod ends so maybe I can do it all at once. Thanks for the reminder on toe-end, I will take measurements.

If you have the blue/red light temperature indicators now, you can use the wire for the red light for the temp gauge. Then wrap the other wire to your coil and use it for the tach, that way you won't have to drill a new hole in the firewall.
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Re: Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

Mark, got the Addco 816, I'll put it in tomorrow. 50" long, that looks about right. Bushings look mighty puny but we shall see! Shipping was only $12, and it got here in 3 days. thanks Summit
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Old 07-10-2009, 04:20 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: Addco/Quickor rear sway bars 65 Galaxie

Two questions. Can I put the front end up on ramps to replace the sway bar? Does this look like the right order for the link parts?
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