Install a rear sway bar
By Brian A. Marks with permission from Kevin Li
- 18mm socket
- 15mm deep socket
- Torque wrench
- Lug wrench
- Jack stands
- Sway bar
- Inner bushings (stock or polyurethane)
- Proper jacking points: please see the documentation from the Helm's manuals here: Page 1 / Page 2
- Properly support the rear end of the vehicle.
- Remove the nuts from the mid point brackets.
- Remove the nuts from the end links.
- Remove the passenger side rear wheel.
- Slowly and carefully twist and turn the bar out from between the chassis, suspension, and exhaust.
- Reverse the procedure to install the new bar.
- Install the midpoint bushings on the bar - if your midpoint bushings are fitted with zerk fittings, line the bushing with grease first and use a grease gun after installation to properly grease the bar. If not, thoroughly lube the bushing before installing it.
- Torque the nuts on the mid point brackets to 35 lb-ft
- Torque the nuts on the end links to 26 lb-ft
- If you have zerk fittings, lubricate the midpoint bushings now.
- Reinstall the wheels and torque to 100 lb-ft.
- Test drive the vehicle and listen for squeaks and rattles. If you hear any, make sure that the bushings are greased properly. Only the midpoint bushings need lubrication.