Join Date: Mar 2005
Drives: 2000 Taurus LX 3.0 L Vulcan, FFV
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Rear Stabilizer Bar Bushing
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.