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Old 11-18-2012, 12:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2000 Sedan, want to replace the rear stabilizer bar bushings, the rear to frame. The factory installed bushings are round, metal clad, and are bolted by a bracket under the trunk, rear seat area, one left, one right. The stabilizer bar is 18.5 mm. I found some Moog aftermarket replacement K8650, but they are not metal clad, and they are shaped a little differently, flat and elongated on one side which looks like it would fit the bracket better. They also are molded to fit the bracket from side to side. Factory bearings are able to slide, rattle, and squeak. I looked on several Ford dealerships online sites and in their diagrams the bushing also looks flat and elongated. One Denver dealership only could provide the whole assembly (don't you hate that when you need one component) bar, brackets, and bearings. I have not removed the stablizer bar, but it looks as if I may have to cut off the factory bearings due to the curvature of the stablizer bar and don't want to do something irreversible until I am sure this is correct. O'Reilly's site says this Moog is compatible and fits. Advance Auto Parts website says it does not. Has anyone done this replacement? I have an ongoing thumping, clunking from the left rear since car delivered. Dealer unable to duplicate and fix. I checked in the past rear stuts. Another post back in 2005 replaced the rear subframe bushings which took care of his clunking.

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Old 11-18-2012, 08:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would replace the sway bar links. I just did mine and solved the clunk . If you are replacing the sway bar bushings it makes sense anyway. On a 2000 , they are probably wasted.
Remember that those bolts are going to be tough. hit them with pb blaster a few days ahead of time and use heat .

You also have the wrong part.the ones u listed are up to 1999. It is not K8650 , it is k8787.

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Thanks double trouble. Just for information for anyone encountering similar problems. Today I removed the rear stabilizer bar and on the 2000 Sedan it is indeed an assmebly. The bushings are an integral part of the stabilizer bar, the brackets and bushings are welded to the bar. I reinstalled it and bolted it back and am going to take a harder look at the sway bar links. I double checked the parts number and K8787 is for the front suspension. I don't think the bushings are available individually for the rear. Someone else mentioned a strut mounting bearing.

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Well did you replace the sway bar links? They generally go bad before anything else does and can cause a nice annoying clunking noise.
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2000+ Taurus/Sables have the sway bar brackets and bushings welded to the bar. Helps during assembly at the factory, not during replacement of bushings. A 99 or older Taurus/Sable will have the bushing and bracket separable.
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