Install a rear sway bar

By Brian A. Marks with permission from Kevin Li

Tools Required:
  • 18mm socket
  • 15mm deep socket
  • Torque wrench
  • Lug wrench
  • Jack
  • Jack stands

Parts Required
  • Sway bar
  • Inner bushings (stock or polyurethane)
  • Proper jacking points: please see the documentation from the Helm's manuals here: Page 1 / Page 2

The Upgrade

  1. Properly support the rear end of the vehicle.
  2. Remove the nuts from the mid point brackets.
  3. Remove the nuts from the end links.
  4. Remove the passenger side rear wheel.
  5. Slowly and carefully twist and turn the bar out from between the chassis, suspension, and exhaust.
  6. Reverse the procedure to install the new bar.
  7. 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.
  8. Torque the nuts on the mid point brackets to 35 lb-ft
  9. Torque the nuts on the end links to 26 lb-ft
  10. If you have zerk fittings, lubricate the midpoint bushings now.
  11. Reinstall the wheels and torque to 100 lb-ft.
  12. 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.