2 Jack Stands
12mm and 14mm sockets,and socket wrench
12mm and 14mm wrenches
cinder block or heavy rock
1 Energy Suspension polyurethane Sway Bar end link set. $25
(you can probably find them for cheaper )
you can also buy a master bushing kit. I plan on buying this eventually.
its around $100
Install time. about 30 mins TOPS.
this is really easy but I figured I would share anyways because I wasn't sure how to do this, I just jumped in and done it.
Ok so I was investigating my bushings to see why my car was so "Rickety"
sounding on bumps and turns and to my surprise I had missing bushings and
most of them are cracked and squashed to death.
so I plan on replacing all the bushings and making tutorials for each bushing
But today im starting with the first problem I seen.
Sway Bar End Link Bushings.
At first I thought my cv joins where going bad because every now and then
when I turned I would hear 1 to 2 pops by my tires, and here is why
1 of my 4 bushings are missing, note how cracked the stock ones are too.
put your emergency brake all the way up and put cinder blocks or heavy
rocks behind the rear tires. (you DON"T want this thing to crush you, you'll be right in a low spot, ......you know unless you want your face
to be smushed to 3 inches thick...........didn't think so )
Jack the front of the car up and put it on jack stands
NOTE .You probably could install this without jacking the car up,
but it sure is a LOT easier this way.
Ill be showing everything from the drivers side end link.
the passenger side is a mirror of this side, its exactly the same.
the stock end link bolts use 12mm bolts and nuts.
you get them off by placing your wrench on top and socket wrench on bottom.
note. you may have to take your wheels off
to get a better angle for the wrench on top
luckily I have big open rims so I could fit my arm through to reach the wrench.
the bolts may be aged together pretty good, but once you get the nut off, the bolt
comes right out and all the washers,spacers,and bushings come out and apart like this
here is a nice side by side comparison of the Energy Suspension link and the stock one.
when I opened the Energy Suspension box I was like "HOLY SHART These are HUGE"
they are really beefy! and felt heavy.
now before you start putting the new one on you will want to lube the bushings up.
" I didn't do this yet but I would recommend it, when I get some prothane grease
I will be redoing this install "
the new end link bolts use 14mm bolts and nuts
Note: The stock links where installed with the nut on Top,
but I put the new nut on the Bottom.
I was fidgeting with all the washers, spacer and bushings,
but gravity was NOT letting me put them in that way,
everything keep falling to the ground when I had
the washers, spacer, and bushings stacked and balanced on each other.
so put them in how you want to. up or down.
here is the order of parts from top to bottom
you will need to jack the sway bar up just a little bit in order to fit the middle
washers, spacer, and bushings.
remember just enough to fit the washers, spacer, and bushings. you don't want to bend anything.
now you can fit it all in and drop the top bolt,washer and bushing in the top to hold it all in place.
release the jack so the sway bar drops back in place.
you tighten them with the wrenches the same way you took them off.
torque the nut to 14 lb-ft
just repeat to the other side!
the first thing I noticed was NO popping sounds on turns.
Turns also felt more fluid and supported by the bigger bushings as compared to metal on metal with crappy cracked rubber.
I hope this helps ill be making some more of these bushing tutorials sometime in the future.
p.s. let me know of any mistakes or info that might be miss leading or bad for your car.