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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-16-2015, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Sway Bar Bushing Bolt

So I am having problems removing the sway bar bushing bolt that is connected to the strut. The bolt just keeps spinning and spinning, and won't loosen up at all. Is there a way to get the nut off without cutting the whole thing? Or will a FE5 sway bar link fit on my car?

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Try some pb blaster on it
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If you are replacing the link anyways just pop the ball out of the shoulder then grab the ball with a pair of good vicegrips.



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If you are replacing the link anyways just pop the ball out of the shoulder then grab the ball with a pair of good vicegrips.



That's what I had to do on mine.


An fe5 link will be too short if you have an fe1 bar





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Might as well just throw in an FE5 bar while you're at it, then get a set of Moog FE5 endlinks and voilą, stiffer front end.

Note: when I said "Just throw in", I do not mean that to sound easy it's more like: "wrestle with the stupid bar, cursing your car, yourself, GM, the world, etc for putting it these, and at some point almost wanting to kick your car off the jack stands" ;)
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Might as well just throw in an FE5 bar while you're at it, then get a set of Moog FE5 endlinks and voilą, stiffer front end.

Note: when I said "Just throw in", I do not mean that to sound easy it's more like: "wrestle with the stupid bar, cursing your car, yourself, GM, the world, etc for putting it these, and at some point almost wanting to kick your car off the jack stands" ;)
The sway bar off a SC will fit right?

And that sir is hilarious

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Yessir! That is what I run. The SC FE5 bar is 24mm, so it's actually 1mm larger than the TC FE5 bar. Moog end links are thicker than OEM ones, so they're the way to go, as well - and they're greasable.

Hilarious, and true.

It really is a huge pain in the ass to get it out - and then once you remove the 19mm stock bar, you realize you have to put a larger one back in that same spot.
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Changing the bar is a royal pain. I had to remove the rear tranny mount (my car is an auto) and unbolt my steering rack to gain clearance to get it in. I was doing an exhaust upgrade at the time as well. So, I had my downpipe off and out of the way. Not sure it's necessary though.

Op, if you switch to the fe5 bar, don't forget the fe5 bar bushings. I used some Moog bushings.


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So, I had my downpipe off and out of the way. Not sure it's necessary though.
It's not necessary - I took my bar out without removing the exhaust, or unbolting the steering rack (did undo the rear auto trans mount, though) - but it sure as hell would've helped, as I kept running the swaybar into the downpipe when trying to maneuver it out.

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