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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2007, 02:24 AM Thread Starter
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Addco rear Sway bar install experience

Just like the title says. I just installed my addco 1.25 inch rear sway bar and I had a hard ass time with it (exhausting). Now I'm not a mechanic but I got that old Ford one off in 10 minutes. However that addco wasn't as simple to put on. Those center bushing barely fit into the brackets that bolt to the chassis. I had to pry them open a bit actually, and on top of that I had to trim the bushings since addco sent me the wrong size (1 and 3/8ths not 1.25). I razored a little off the bushing ring til it fit tight around the bar. Then getting them to bolt onto the chassis was a workout, and I dont have the mufflers either to get in my way. I was a lot of elbow grease pushing hard and then bolting. Not to mention how heavy it is trying to handle the damn thing lol. I test drove it taking turns I would say are previously dangerous and not try but now I can really stay level in them. I also have stiffer shocks and poly sway bar bushings in front so its all starting to add up in the handling dept. I feel pretty proud that I've done(redone) a lot of work myself. I dont know how smart it was to razor those bushings but it fits together just like it should and performed.
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you grease the bushing right?

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The 1 and 3/8ths bushing is actually larger than the 1 and 1/4". I don't understand why you had to shave some off to get it to fit? You should contact ADDCO and have them send you the proper size bushing; and like Casper said don't forget to grease the bushings.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-09-2007, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I greased them all

Addco didnt even give me enough to do all the bushings, just the end link bushings. I used some spare energy suspension lube for the big middle ones. I know I shouldn't have done what I did, to be perfectly correct but they do fit right and look right and I tested it doing scary turns. When I razored some of the material off, the bushings looked like a "C" instead of an "O". When you used your hands to press it tight around the bar it then fit and looked right. I didn't think it was a big problem to do that. If the bushings where any bigger on the outside diameter I would have needed aftermarket brackets and my instuctions specifically said use the OEM ones.
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