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Old 10-09-2004, 06:43 PM   #1
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"How To" - Front Sway Bar Install

Well I would like to mention if your not sure of your mechanicall skills let a PRO do the install. This install will take 2 hours for an experienced person but for some one who is considerd a Rookie it may take 6 hours from start to finish. By all means have a second person with you to ease the install time and for safety reasons of course.

Tools Required:
1/2 inch drive sockets, Metric
1/2 inch drive ratchet
1/2 inch torq rench

13MM
15MM
18MM

Box wrench
13MM

Hydraulic jack
2 Jack stands

Nice long breaker bar or extension pipe for ease of bolt removeall.

Oh yahh one more thing, clean pair ooooo shorts on hand. Some bolts require some Arm, Back, and some grunting muscles. Darn bolts are tight, Not kidding.
So here it goes, hope you guys like the write up.


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Old 10-09-2004, 06:54 PM   #2
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jack placement

lift car by subframe. notice that the jack is lifting on the the subframe at the motor mount bolt location.

The stands need to be placed 2 inches behind the subframe. Note it's very important to have the spaceing.
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Old 10-09-2004, 07:03 PM   #3
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hate posting pics here. 50000 more like 20000jpg

Don't pinch fuel or brake lines.
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Old 10-09-2004, 07:07 PM   #4
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This connection maybe the easiest part of the whole install.
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Old 10-09-2004, 07:10 PM   #5
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1. Best position for removeal.
2. place 13MM box wrench on opposite side to prevent the connecter from spinning.
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Old 10-09-2004, 07:14 PM   #6
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Now lets see some muscle. this is where you get dirty.

You will need the 18MM socket to break these loose. Make sure the bolts your breaking loose are these or this could become really dangerous for you very quickly. There will be the 2 on the passenger side and two on the driver.
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Old 10-09-2004, 07:18 PM   #7
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Pic on driver side.
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Old 10-09-2004, 07:23 PM   #8
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These are the upper subframe bolts these are tighter than the lower subframe bolts. No reallly I'm not kidding these are held in place with a grade 10.9 bolt there tight so if you got this far with a 3/8 ratchet stop now before you hurt your self. These are 15MM bolts.
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Old 10-09-2004, 07:43 PM   #9
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After the removeal of the bolts from driver and passenger side it's time to lower the subframe. Lower jack slowly and be sure the car doesn't rock or woble for safety reasons of course.
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Remove brackets from subframe and sway bar. the assembly will be re used so be careful not to damage the bolts. The rear bolts are about 4 inches long so those are where I started first. Basicly get the hard part outa the way first. The driver side looks identicle but there is a slightly more confined space to work with, the steering components are an inconvenience but easily worked around.
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