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Old 03-31-2007, 01:20 PM
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Rear Sway Bar Install Pics...for the Noobs!!!

I took my stock swaybar off a couple of weeks ago when I installed some subframe spacers. The bushings were shot and one of the endlinks was bent so I got a new set of Energy Suspension D-bracket bushings and they came with some new swaybar endlink bushings. I was initially just going to upgrade to a bigger set of swaybars but since my front swaybar was incomplete(missing an endlink) and the rear had bad bushings and endlinks, I decided to just buy some new bushings and try the stock bars out at a couple of autocrosses and see how I like them at their full potential before deciding if I needed something better at my current skill level.

Tools needed-
Jackstands
Jack
Socket wrench
15mm socket
14mm wrench
Socket extension
Torque wrench
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Here's the Energy Suspension bushing set, the new endlink with bushings and the old endlink.
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Note the bent endlink
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First thing you need to do is lube the swaybar and the D-bracket bushings up with the provided grease and slide them onto the swaybar.
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Here's the new swaybar D-bracket bushing with the old bracket bushing. It was pretty soft compared to the new one.
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Here's my stock swaybar(15mm yeah it's tiny). When I took it off it was all gunked up with grime so I cleaned it and gave it a fresh coat of black along with my D-brackets. They weren't bent so I re-used them.

First thing you do is of course jack up the car and place your jackstands under it.
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Take the swaybar and slide it under the back of the car over the exhaust and just under the rear of the differential.
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From there you take the swaybar and slide it forward to where the mounting points are.
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Next, take the D-bracket and place it on the bushing...don't bolt them in yet but go ahead and slide them left or right to line them up with the mounting points.
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Now you put the endlinks together in this order...washer-bushing-swaybar-bushing-washer-separator-washer-bushing-lower control arm-bushing-washer-top nut. It's like making a samich!
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Next you tighten the link up with the 15mm socket for the top nut and use the 14mm wrench to keep it from spinning on the bottom.
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Torque the links to 78-104ft. lbs.
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Finished. Repeat on the other side.
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Now you can tighten the D-bracket bolts down and torque them to 32-41ft. lbs.
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Torque wrench
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Done!
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Old 04-16-2007, 09:42 PM
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once again great pics and write up , thanks you
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nice job man
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