Problem with sway bar bushings

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Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby Mikakey » July 14th, 2014, 4:08 am

My sway bar bushings are absolutely terrible. I can't believe I've had this car for six years now and never replaced them. Almost embarrassed.
Replacing theses with these(they are much worse than the picture shows):
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This is the problem though:
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As you can see the frame bushings are too small. I bought these for our cars but the actual part is for 1984-87 Civics and CRXs.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/301154595155?ss ... 1439.l2649
This part is labeled for a 16mm sway bar which I thought sounded small but Prothane(although not the manufacturer since I bought these from Energy Suspension) assured me this kit would work:
http://prothane.com/vehicle-applications/
So I measured the bar and it seems to be about 19mm:
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So what I am checking is to make sure that stock is 19mm like mine. And if it is, what did you guys do for frame bushings? obviously I can make the end links work but the frame bushings need replacement. I dont know if I've ever seem so bad. I could swear the things are OEM.
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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby redteg73 » July 15th, 2014, 2:45 am

I bought the big kit from energy suspension, it had two different size sway bar bushings in it. One of the sizes worked on mine, but what a pita to get in.

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby Mikakey » July 15th, 2014, 7:33 am

redteg73 wrote:I bought the big kit from energy suspension, it had two different size sway bar bushings in it. One of the sizes worked on mine, but what a pita to get in.

Oh the big kit as in the full bushing kit? And yea I noticed. Pita just to get the things out let alone get a new one in.

How did you find the big kit?

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby Mikakey » July 17th, 2014, 5:55 pm

Great. Thanks!

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby MinkelR » July 17th, 2014, 8:53 pm

Order the black if you can. It's graphite impregnated and squeaks less.
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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby Mikakey » July 17th, 2014, 10:35 pm

K. I found that out after so the replacement set I ordered is black. Should have just ordered the big kit from the get go. Would have been cheaper

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby MinkelR » July 18th, 2014, 4:09 am

The radius arm bushings will make a huge difference ;)
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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby Mikakey » July 19th, 2014, 2:15 pm

Good to hear. Not too hard to replace it seems.

I also heard the rear bushings help
All of them can just be pressed out without an actual press or burned out right? Nothing too extensive?

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby MinkelR » July 19th, 2014, 3:04 pm

You'll have to burn the rear ones. They were molded into the swing arm.
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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby Mikakey » July 19th, 2014, 6:57 pm

Alright. Just wondering because I know a lot of people online say its a pita

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby redteg73 » July 20th, 2014, 3:25 am

I set most of them on fire to get them out, i have a little harbor freight press that put them all good, i would guess you could do it with a vice as well.

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby Mikakey » July 20th, 2014, 12:04 pm

So I'd be looking at a day project probably? Maybe longer? Just debating on doing them this year or this winter

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby redteg73 » July 20th, 2014, 1:07 pm

I think i probably did it over a weekend. The bushings really are only a couple hours work, but taking apart and re-assembling the entire suspension added quite a bit of time.

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby MinkelR » July 20th, 2014, 5:12 pm

It could be done in a day or a weekend. I did the rear one day and the front the next but I also replaced the radius arms, torsion bars, and one of the hub assemblies.
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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby Mikakey » July 21st, 2014, 5:11 am

Gotcha gotcha. Thanks a lot guys!

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Re: Problem with sway bar bushings

Postby Biscuit » September 5th, 2014, 10:22 am

The burning part is the most fun!!!
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