Swaybar Bushing Differences

Merkur Scorpio / XR4Ti Technical Library - Check here for answers to common questions, problems and modifications.

Moderator: John Brennan

User avatar
anglin
Level 7
Level 7
Posts: 2443
Joined: Thu Apr 22, 2004 3:20 pm
Location: Hartford, CT
Contact:

Post by anglin » Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:39 am

anglin wrote:Craig did notice something that most people have apparently overlooked. There is a difference in bolt spacing between the early and the late brackets.
It has been determined that the brackets Craig was using with the wider bolt spacing were Scorpio sway bar/anti-roll bar brackets. There is no problem with bolt spacing on the brackets if you get the right brackets. So, if you use the Scorpio brackets, you'll have to modify the brackets to fit the bolt holes on the XR chassis. You may even have to select a different bolt with a smaller hex, no flange or a smaller flange, depending on the bolt.
Last edited by anglin on Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
phild765
Level 6
Level 6
Posts: 866
Joined: Mon Jan 20, 2003 1:21 pm
Location: Towson, MD
Contact:

Swaybar brackets

Post by phild765 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:44 am

We have new larger Scorpio brackets in stock, if you can't locate them elsewhere:

http://www.opmd.com/main.cfm?tpl=product.cfm&pid=206

Phil D
www.opmd.com

Camaro5690
Level 5
Level 5
Posts: 568
Joined: Tue Jul 28, 2009 7:40 pm
Location: Leland NC

Re: Swaybar Bushing Differences

Post by Camaro5690 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:52 pm

I hate to revive such an old thread. But does anyone have actual measurements of the new style bracket? I mean the pics are great and all but nothing beats actual measurements for confirmation of the right bracket. Trying to find out if I can use the powerflex bushings on my 89 XR.

User avatar
merkurdriver
Level 8
Posts: 5805
Joined: Tue Jan 21, 2003 4:29 pm
Location: Northeast Ohio
Contact:

Re: Swaybar Bushing Differences

Post by merkurdriver » Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:42 pm

ALL factory XR brackets are the same - there are no "early" or "late" XR sway bar brackets. (Smooth, with no stamping.)

Those new plated brackets shown in the pictures on page 1 are Scorpio brackets with the stamping 85GB-5488-AB. As noted the bolt spacing is further apart and you need to get creative to install them on an XR with smaller diameter bolts, etc. (Not the ideal solution.)

If you want the proper brackets that fit the XR (with the proper height and bolt spacing) and have the ridge in the center to accept powerflex bushings you'll want stamping
87BB-5488-AA.

Some additional info; avoid brackets with stamping 83BB-5488-AB. These fit the XR botl spacing, but you cannot attach the extra straight swaybar brace with this style of bracket.

User avatar
milehighXR
Level 7
Level 7
Posts: 2031
Joined: Tue Mar 23, 2004 8:17 pm
Location: Longmont, Co

Re: Swaybar Bushing Differences

Post by milehighXR » Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:50 pm

[URL=http://s243.photobucket.com/user/Milehi ... h.jpg.html][IMG]http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff24 ... gcxpoh.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

It's crappy Taiwanese Lincoln mill/drill, but it beats a die grinder

And why ain't my links working anymore?

hEaT
Level 7
Level 7
Posts: 3839
Joined: Mon May 07, 2007 10:12 pm
Location: MA, USA

Re: Swaybar Bushing Differences

Post by hEaT » Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:50 pm

[quote]ALL factory XR brackets are the same - there are no "early" or "late" XR sway bar brackets. (Smooth, with no stamping.)

Those new plated brackets shown in the pictures on page 1 are Scorpio brackets with the stamping 85GB-5488-AB. As noted the bolt spacing is further apart and you need to get creative to install them on an XR with smaller diameter bolts, etc. (Not the ideal solution.)

If you want the proper brackets that fit the XR (with the proper height and bolt spacing) and have the ridge in the center to accept powerflex bushings you'll want stamping
87BB-5488-AA.

Some additional info; avoid brackets with stamping 83BB-5488-AB. These fit the XR botl spacing, but you cannot attach the extra straight swaybar brace with this style of bracket.[/quote]

Are we sure? The bushings I ordered from mc2 do not fit my XR brackets. I have an 84 build car.

User avatar
merkurdriver
Level 8
Posts: 5805
Joined: Tue Jan 21, 2003 4:29 pm
Location: Northeast Ohio
Contact:

Re: Swaybar Bushing Differences

Post by merkurdriver » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:19 pm

[quote="hEaT"]Are we sure? The bushings I ordered from mc2 do not fit my XR brackets. I have an 84 build car.[/quote]

Yes I'm sure :)
Powerflex bushings from mc2 will not fit in any stock XR brackets.

hEaT
Level 7
Level 7
Posts: 3839
Joined: Mon May 07, 2007 10:12 pm
Location: MA, USA

Re: Swaybar Bushing Differences

Post by hEaT » Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:59 pm

Ahh okay, thanks Mike!

Post Reply