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Front Sway Bar Bushings Installation


Dick R
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Installing new front sway bar bushings that attach to the control arm was more of a PITA than I expected.   The new bushings need to be fairly well compressed before you can get the nut on the bolt that holds it all together.    I came up with a way the worked very easily.

 

I used a cheapo spring compressor – the kind you risk serious injury using for their intended use.   The hooks fit both the sway bar and the control arm like they made for it.  That created an easy-to-use and very solid compression method.   However, this only compresses the two middle rubber bushings and didn’t leave quite enough thread poking through the upper bushing to get the nut started.  So along with the spring compressor, I used a floor jack with a hockey puck pushing up the bottom bolt head enough to compress the lowest rubber bushing while the spring compressor compressed the two middle ones.  Presto – enough threads to start the top nut and the sucker was installed with ease. 

 

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Nice work around but I think this is one of those jobs where you can temporarily use a longer bolt to bring the clamp close enough for the proper, shorter bolt to thread up then remove the temporary longer bolt and insert the shorter bolt.  Either way, good job.

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