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Finally tried installing new front sway bar bushings that were sitting around for years. They were aftermarket poly. The brackets did not fit, they would not clear the idler arm. I purchased new brackets and bushings from Ames. The bushings that came are alot longer than the bracket. They protrude out from the bracket about 5/8". The bracket screw holes mount flush to the frame if I remember correctly. I emailed Ames about it and they said to get them started and use a jack to take up the rest. Does this sound right to you guys? Its been quite a long time since I removed the sway bar and dont remember what the original bushings looked like. I tried stepping on the bushings to see how much they give and they didn't budge much at all--I weigh 235 lbs---maybe the cars weight will do it??
 

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Here's the bushings I got from Ames. They appear to be a direct replacement except for the excessive length of the bracket mounting surface. I may end up cutting the extra off.


 
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