Dear Welder Series… rear sway bar fitment question

Dear Welder Series…
I have a question regarding installation of a rear sway bar kit.
Also need to install an upper shock mounting system; believe that WS154460 will work just fine for this; frame inside is about 29″ wide.
Lower shock mounts have the 5/8″ dia. bolt through Pete & Jakes bracket, not yet installed.
Issue with the rear sway bar installation is:  I have a fuel cell right behind the rear axle, so I am rather tight on available space; pictures attached.

Believe that the simplest solution would be to install rear sway bar system in front of the rear axle, through the frame.
Frame outside to outside is 34″, boxed on the inside, rear end is a Ford 9″.
Would the 36″ kit fit (WS22700)? or do I need the 46″ kit (WS22740)?
If you have any suggestions as to better install these systems (upper shock & sway bar) I am all ears.

With a sincere thanks,
Lou

Dear Lou…
Lou, the WS154460 crossmember will be good if the upper shock eye is for a 5/8″ diameter bolt.  If the upper eye hole is 7/16″ diameter, we have WS154467.

The 36″ sway bar will be too short to be mounted through the 34″ wide frame.  The sway bar housing tube is 33-13/16″ long.  The WS22740 will work.  Will the bar interfere with rear axle suspension links?

You might be able to mount the sway bar from the lower coil-over bolts.  Spacers behind the coil-over would be necessary to move the sway bar housing tube back and clear of the coil-over body.  The sway bar brackets would be mounted so the tube is higher than the lower coil-over bolts.  If the brackets hang down, the tube gets too low and probably would be lower than scrub line.  Links would attach the arms to the frame rails.

Thanks for looking at Welder Series parts.

Paul Horton

Dear Welder Series…
Thanks for the quick response Paul, very much appreciated.

Rear axle housing is hung by leaf springs, so I am rather confused by your suggestion below to attach to coil-over bolts.

Could you clarify if you mean shock bolts?

With a sincere thanks,
Lou.

Dear Welder Series…
Paul, another follow up regarding the ’51 rear sway bar question responded to earlier this afternoon.

Believe that the sketch, in a simplified form, is what you are suggesting.

Please verify, and if you know of a bracket that would attach to the 5/8 shock bolt, could you please let me know?

With a sincere thanks,
Lou.

Dear Lou…
Sorry that my confusion was contagious, Lou.  The pictures in the first email escaped notice.  I like your idea of mounting the bar ahead of the axle and through the frame rails.  The arms will be about 1-1/2″ outside the frame rail plus however much you need to weld the tube and the frame.

If you want to mount the bar between the rails, you could add a piece of square tube and hang the sway bar and the exhaust from it.

Your sketch is how I saw it, except that I imagined coil-overs instead of standard shocks.  The shock mount studs or the (10 ga?) brackets (at the hole where the studs go through) might not be strong enough.  I still like mounting the bar ahead of the axle.

Paul

Dear Welder Series…
Thanks Paul, your advice is greatly appreciated.

Will go with the ahead of the axle mounting.

Sincerely,
Lou

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