Installing a front sway bar
By Brian A. Marks with permission from Kevin Li
- 13mm socket (one regular and one deep socket) if using stock end link bushings
- 14mm socket (one regular and one deep socket) if using Energy Suspension end link bushings
- 15mm socket for midpoint bushings (either stock or Energy Suspension)
- 18mm deep socket for tie-rod end nuts
- Torque wrench
- Jack stands
- Lug wrench
- Proper jacking points: please see the documentation from the Helm's manuals here: Page 1 / Page 2
- Front sway bar
- End link bushings
- Midpoint bushings
- Properley support the vehicle on both sides using the jack points shown above.
- Remove both front wheels.
- Remove the end link and mid point bushings from the existing bar.
- Remove the tie-rod end from one side of the vehicle (passenger side is fine).
- Turn the stock bar up and out of the tie-rod and pull the bar out.
- Install the new sway bar in reverse.
- Make sure the "V" part of the bar is pointing up. It should be at the center of the bar if properly installed and ends up looking like an upside-down "V".
- Install the end link and 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. End link bushings do not need to be lubricated.
- Tighten one side first as follows:
- Torque the tie-rod end to 22 lb-ft (plus 120 degrees of turn - check your shop manual to be sure)
- Torque the midpoint bushing to 35 lb-ft
- Torque the end link bushing to 17 lb-ft
- Support the other side's wheel and properly torque as noted above. A good way to do this is to put a jack under the control arm as shown in the page 2 of the proper jack points shown above.
- 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.