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Old 05-17-2003, 02:31 AM   #1
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How To: Sway Bar install with pics

Thought I'd add pictures to help!

1. First, crawl under the car and unbolt the swaybar endlinks from the suspension knuckles; this way, there will not be any spring tension on the bar when you jack the car up. Remove the endlinks (pull real hard, turn while pulling)

2. jack up each side of the car and place jack stands under each side of the car. Remove wheels (makes job 100x easier)

3. Unbolt bushings, pull off metal piece hodling them on then just using the slot that is provided pull the rubber piece off.

4. slide the bar out around the exhaust or at least do it out one side or the other. it'll take a lot of shimmy-ing but you can get it out!

5. put the new bar in, make sure you have it in the correct way!

6. If using energy suspension bushings, make sure you use a hack saw or belt grinder and make the width on one of the tabs the same width as the tab that goes into the frame. you can see what i mean in the picture! Once you have it the same width, you can just push it in the slot, and bend it down while bolting it down with the new bushing. (it might be smart to grease the bushing before bolting it down....for some grease guns don't fit in the supplied area too well!)

7. re-attach endlinks and use grease or some lubricant to get them on....they need to be rather free when bolting back in. put wheels back on

8. lower car, re-bolt on end-links. really hard for me, had to have a friend help me because the bar had to sorta be bent while bolting, but won't hurt anything, weight of car will fix it all.

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[-Jegs-]. The part #'s are 355-9-5164 for the front and 355-9-5158 for the rear. That means front is 1 1/8", and rear is 7/8". I got the Greasable Bushings, in Red...
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Old 05-17-2003, 02:33 AM   #2
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new sway bars chillin, these things are so much thicker than stockers!
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Old 05-17-2003, 02:34 AM   #3
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arrow points to bolt you take out while vehicle is still on ground
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Old 05-17-2003, 02:36 AM   #4
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That rachet is on the nut that holds down the bushing....5/6 if i'm not mistaken. Use a deep-socket on this one, it's a long bolt. The end links are also 5/6 if I'm not mistaken
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Old 05-17-2003, 02:38 AM   #5
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The metal flange on the right arrow was grinded down to match the width of the stock flange that actually goes into the frame. Only took like a cm off maybe less
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Old 05-17-2003, 02:41 AM   #6
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Difference between stock bushings and energy greasable bushings...whoa
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Old 05-17-2003, 02:42 AM   #7
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New sway bar ready to bolt up....looking rather snug
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Old 05-17-2003, 02:45 AM   #8
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Old 05-17-2003, 02:47 AM   #9
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Will be posting instructions/pictures on how to do front sway bar on Monday night/tues morning....as for that's when that ****'s getting done.

The rear sway bar alone makes handling a lot different. At first I really didn't notice....then I started turning and feeling the car not dipping...wow that's nice. Can't wait for the front one to go one, then the new kyb struts/h&r springs sitting next to me....buahahhha....
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Old 05-17-2003, 06:30 AM   #10
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thats not the pfyc sway bar is it?

seems like its the one on which the sway bar mounts snap.....
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Old 05-17-2003, 09:36 AM   #11
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pfyc one yeah....
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Old 05-17-2003, 01:24 PM   #12
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hum...maybe its just me, but thats not a pfyc swaybar...i am almost 100% sure!



pfyc sway bar doesn't have those funky brakets you had to modify, it reuses your stock once! so something seems fishy if you say its a pfyc one...cuz its not...
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Buahahaha silly mortal....it's the PFYC bar, but I bought Energy Suspensions' Greasable Polyurethane Bushings! It comes with its own brackets (the poly bushings don't fit inside the stock brackets, and to grease them you need the bracket that comes with them).

Using the bushings that come with the bar has caused many people on this board that annoying sqeaking noise. Buy these bad boys and you've got no more squeak. you can get them at Jeg's for like $10. Just need to hack at them a BIT to fit in there, but it's no problem, better than stock...
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I can verify that is the pfyc because I have the same one installed and the same ES bushings, which are great. the pic shows a comparison between stock bar (top) and tnl bar 7/8" dia sway bar (bottom).
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You bought the front and rear bars, correct. If so, is the front bar bigger in diameter than the back bar? I heard that on front wheel drive, it is better to have a larger rear sway bar and a smaller front sway bar. Having a larger rear sway bar would keep the front tires planted on sharp turns, so you could spin out faster on curves. Is this true? Not sure on it, but I read this article on it, and for rear wheel drive, it is better to have a larger front bar, and a smaller one for the back, that keeps the back planted.
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Yeah the front bar is considerably thicker than the rear one......As for the difference in traction, ?? Could be....but I know a lot of guys with both bars that have amazing traction on FWD cars.... they say the front bar realy helps, so I'm sold!
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Old 05-20-2003, 05:42 AM   #17
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Well, when your done installing them and have a chance to really feel the ride, post on here how it feels, and if it really makes a difference, I'm sure it will though. I was thinking of getting those too for my car, but then I read that article, and I looked at the sizes and noticed that the front was much larger than the rear, so I was just gonna get a larger rear and leave the front stock. But I'd still like to know how it drives. I might consider just getting both.
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what happen to the front....thats the hard one....if i get them im gonna pay someone to do the front
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hey vince..... this is a great mod....i highly recommended.....i did this like 2 months ago.....front/rear sway bars.....KYB front/rear STB, Intrax springs, EradiSpeed Brake upgrade kit (hi-performance rotors/calipers, braided front-brake lines), new wheels (17") w/ Khumo tires.....in other words.....i upgraded my whole suspension......i feel like king of the road ......in sharp turns im doing double the speeds as b4.....and on wet pavement ( i mean really wet.......pouring rain....im doing 90 mph on the hwy!! ) professionally installed cost me $300 for everything (except the rotors) @ a performance shop....
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Yeah I'm doing the sway bars myself. I might post pics/instal on struts(kyb's)/springs(h&r's), a friend of mine is helping me with it. STB's are some time in the future I guess....I hear they don't do crap for handling.

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