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Old 08-29-2003, 12:44 PM
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sway bar installation

Removed a sway bar to install new bushings and end links and now the sway bar does not want to bolt up to the two center bushings?? The bushings and brackets are at an angle? I can get one on but not the other?? I tried jacking the car up, no help, Tried flipping the bar end to end,thinking I got it backwards, Nothing! Anybody got any ideas?
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Old 08-29-2003, 07:26 PM
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the only thing i can think is to take off the bar and remount attaching the center clamps first. then tie in the link kits on the ends. i had to replace a link kit on my mazda p/u and had to jack the bar close to the link to get the nut started on the bolt. i tightened it up and it really compressed quite a bit. i would try that and see what happens.

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The sway bar is usually installed to the frame first. Then attach the links. Also sometimes the bushings for the mounts, and the mount brackets themselves are angled. Try turning the bushings and brackets around on the bar, or switch them from side to side.

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sway bar

Thanks, guys for the info. Im attaching the frame bushings first and see what happens. This supposedly 3 hr. job is turning into
a occupation. This is a GM sway bar and it has this little crook on the bar at each end , where the frame bushings mount, that is just driving me crazy.
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Old 08-30-2003, 07:11 PM
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Wheel.... It is easier to answer questions that have the info in them as to what is being worked on.
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What I have is a 53 Stude. with a GM front clip welded in. I have no idea what GM make or model it is. The car runs good and handles O.K. The orginal sway bar was a 15/16 inch. I came across a 1 1/4 in sway bar from a Trans AM but it was about 2 in. longer. Soooo, I decided to just add the poly bushings and end links to the orginal bar. Now the frame bushings wont line up correctly. One goes on o.k the other, wants to go at an angle.
The front end is lowered about 2 in. I cant tell if the coils were cut or the drop is from the spindles?
Anyway, Ive tried putting the end links on first...no help
Tried letting the car set at its " static ride height " wheels on, not jacked up...no help. Tried flipping the bar end to end, thinking I had it on backwards..no help. Tried turning the bushings on the frame ..no help...Right now its on the garage floor and I was just about reading to have a Miller Light when my daughter came in from D.C to visit..Ill mess with it again later when she leaves. The !(*#$*&^ stupid thing came out of there and should go right back in!
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Now I see your problem. You hadn't had the Miller Light yet! Everything was straight, it just looked crooked!

Did you compare the bushings to make sure they were the same? Also check the brackets to make sure they are the same, as in not right and left versions. I have seen them where they would not interchange from side to side. How far off are they? The ride height should not make a difference on how the bar attaches to the frame.
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Drum roll...please, mystery solved on why the sway bar would not fit right. As I mentioned the Stude has a gm front end under it Nova, Camero,Chevelle, I dont know? cant tell.After taking a lot of measurements. The front end was sectioned and about 3 inches removed from the center and welded back in!! The sway bar that was in it and to have been coaxed in the bushings with god only knows what or how ? Thats why the sway bar bushings were such a mess. Anyway, Im loking at tearing that out and maybe, going with a Mustang 2 or something else. Thanks to all for the help and replies
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I having a similar problem because my new end links are too long
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