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How to Hook Up Sway Bars

    • 1). Loosen the lug nuts on the wheels, raise the vehicle with a floor jack and place it safely on jack stands at all four corners. Finish removing the wheels and set them aside.

    • 2). Start at the front. Remove the swaybar end links where they attach to the car with a socket. How they are bolted to the car depends on the vehicle, and it will probably be attached to the strut housing, spring plate or a nearby part of the suspension.

    • 3). Locate and remove the brackets that hold the swaybar to the chassis. Where these are located will vary depending on your vehicle. Inspect the swaybar closely or consult a workshop manual.

    • 4). Pull the swaybar from the vehicle. This may take some twisting and turning depending on the vehicle. Remove the brackets that cover the swaybar bushings and that bolt the swaybar to the car for reuse if the new swaybars do not come with new brackets.

    • 5). Slide the new larger bushings over the new swaybar. Grease the bar to lubricate it and help installation of the bushings.

    • 6). Install the end links if new ones are being installed, otherwise transfer the end links to the new bar if they were removed with the old swaybar. They may still be bolted to the car.

    • 7). Place the new bar into position. Install the two brackets over the bushings and hand-tighten the bolts. Bolt the swaybar to the end links or the end links to the car in the opposite order of removal. Fully tighten all of the bolts once it has been determined that there is no interference with the chassis, brakes or other components.

    • 8). Move to the rear. Remove the rear center brackets for the rear bar. These will be held in either with two bolts or one bolt with a tongue on the other side of the bracket that holds it in place. It should also be noted that on some vehicles such as the Subaru WRX, the swaybar needs to be installed with the car sitting on level ground.

    • 9). Unbolt the swaybar where it connects to the end links or the end links if that is how your swaybars are installed. Consult your manual.

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      Pull the swaybar out of the car. Remove the brackets for the bushings if the new swaybar does not come with new brackets.

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      Grease the new bushings and slide them onto the new swaybar. Place the bushing bracket over the bushings.

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      Place the new swaybar into the vehicle in the same orientation as the old bar. Bolt the bushing bracket on hand-tight. Bolt the end links to the bar on hand tight. Fully tighten all of the bolts once it has been determined that there is no interference with the chassis, brakes or other components.

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      Replace the wheels and lower the car to the ground. Enjoy your vastly improved handling.

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