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Wackman24 06-14-2021 11:29 AM

sway bar linkage question
I have had a couple GT's from these years and now have an '06 Saleen S281. I replaced the shocks and struts as I did with all of my past Mustangs. Things were all good up until about a month ago when I started hearing a rumbling noise for the right front. As in my previous Mustangs, the sway bar linkage is the issue. But this time it's not just a matter of tightening the nut. It seems that the linkage bushings are shot and no matter how tight I get the nut the noise is not going away. Just wondering if the linkage is the same as a GT or if it is Saleen specific? I want to replace both of them, but don't want to order a GT part and find out that it's not the correct size. I notice that the sway bar is not stock, but hoping they just put that on with the original GT linkage. Thanks for any info you can supply.

Dave 06-14-2021 12:32 PM

Stock Ford sway bar links.

Wackman24 06-14-2021 12:42 PM

Thanks Dave. I also emailed Saleen and they got back to me very quickly with the same info.

Wackman24 06-14-2021 01:07 PM

What about the rear stabilizer assembly?
The previous owner must have had the car covered, but kept it outside. Lower components are all a bit rusted and I have been wanting to replace some of the rear end stuff, but I believe the stabilizer bar is a Saleen product. Not sure about the bushings and connectors. If it's like the front, then I may be able to just purchase GT replacements before I remove and sand the stabilizer bar.

Dave 06-14-2021 01:20 PM

The front sway bar was a Saleen item.

The rear sway bar and links were upgraded to a Ford Mustang GT500 bar for vehicles equipped with Saleen's watts-link.

The S281 Extreme had an upgraded rear track arm installed by Saleen.

Wackman24 06-14-2021 01:37 PM

Thanks again Dave. It appears that the S281 I have is just a stock GT rear stabilizer and the replacement kit is a lot easier than sanding and painting everything. I'm planning on just ordering that as well as a new track bar to freshen things up a bit. Looks like I can't avoid sanding and painting the rear axle tubes, but replacing that just doesn't warrant the cost for a car with 60K miles.

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