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Old 05-17-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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So my rear sway bar is lose...

I know my rear shocks need to be replaced and I was driving around and heard a knocking noise in the rear and just see its the rear sway bar.

What do I need to tighten it back up? Is it a bolt of so what's the dimensions or is it parts specific?

My cars a 1995 gt 5 speed.
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I know my rear shocks need to be replaced and I was driving around and heard a knocking noise in the rear and just see its the rear sway bar.

What do I need to tighten it back up? Is it a bolt of so what's the dimensions or is it parts specific?

My cars a 1995 gt 5 speed.
They are bolted on and I believe they may have had "captive" nuts.
Not sure what size, maybe metric though.
Maybe it is just loose and you can tighten it up?
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They are bolted on and I believe they may have had "captive" nuts.
Not sure what size, maybe metric though.
Maybe it is just loose and you can tighten it up?
Lol it's hanging down my friend lol
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just look at the other side, or whatever is still on there and match it up.
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Lol it's hanging down my friend lol
That's not good!

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just look at the other side, or whatever is still on there and match it up.

^^ What he said. ^^
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Re: So my rear sway bar is lose...

wutever u tighten them up with...be sure u use hardened grade 8 or better bolts and nuts... just went through that b.s. i got uca/lca and stiff *** specific rate lowering springs with h.d. shocks. it was beating the hell outa my sway bar bolts

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Re: So my rear sway bar is lose...

Well fellas guess its broke went to take a look at it and it broke from the bolt hole.
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looks like a good time for an upgrade.
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Old 05-18-2012, 12:40 AM   #10
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Take pics!!
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So i took pictures step by step. It's fairly easy to do.

Items needed-
Floor jack would be best, or lift if your lucky.
Socket wrench and extension
4 way, or a socket wrench
Maybe a hammer (i used one)


First trace to find the two bolts that are holding the rear sway bar.

The first bolt can be done with the wheel on and the other needs to have the wheel taken off. (Hint the first bolt will have a little cut out in the wheel well so you can put your extension on their)



Second take the wheel off

To get to this bolt behind the wheel







This is the same bracket as shown before (behind the tire) that needs to be taken off.



You'll have to move the cable out of the way so i used a hammer to TAP on the bracket holding it to help brake it lose.


Once taken off and the sway bar removed from that side reassemble. Putting the bracket back to this




With all that said this is what i was dealing with taking me A LOT more time than it really should of (with some brakes with a beer or 2)

Having a floor jack put in the middle of the rear end would make this a very simple task.

Now for the hell of it I shot some pics of the crap i had to use.

I don't know why, but i couldn't find a 4 way around my farm (crazy right?) and was way to lazy to get mine out from under my trunk mat.


And then i had to use this POS to lift my car because i didn't know the valve was broken on are floor jack.



Here's my reason for this task. I didn't replace i just got ride of it for now till I gather some cash to put into the car and do it all at once.



Then this is what it will look like when you pull the stock rear sway out.

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Looks like scrap metal to me.. Time to upgrade what are you replacing it with?
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Re: So my rear sway bar is lose...

I've never seen a sway bar just break like that, from wrecks or hitting the on something sure, but that looks like it just broke off.

Any idea what might have done it?
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I've never seen a sway bar just break like that, from wrecks or hitting the on something sure, but that looks like it just broke off.

Any idea what might have done it?
Well from doin so research and looking into it sounds like this is common among Sn95 models.

I was pulling out of a parking lot with a little incline and it just broke

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Looks like scrap metal to me.. Time to upgrade what are you replacing it with?
Not sure at the moment, but I hear the thicker the better
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Well from doin so research and looking into it sounds like this is common among Sn95 models.

I was pulling out of a parking lot with a little incline and it just broke

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Not sure at the moment, but I hear the thicker the better
Hmmm, Probably not tempered properly and instead of flexing it was bending till it broke.


If you want to autocross or road race a thicker HD bar would be better.
Drag racing you'd be better off just using the stock bar for the street and use a quick disconnect anti-roll bar for the strip. See dreamstang's "What it takes" thread for links to bars and installations. We were just talking about this yesterday.
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