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This is a write up for if you ever wanted to replace the rear sway bar but you feel like you don't know how to.

Difficulty level 1 (easy) - 5 (hard)
1 (easy)



read all instruction that was provided or look it on-line :D

please use proper tools as indicated or appropriate to the application.

you will need some kind of lift or jack with stands.

rubber mallet is optional if needed.



jack up the back of the car and secure it with stands.



remove bolt for each side as indicated. it is 10 mm.



move bracket out of the way to access the nut.



use a 22 mm wrench or socket to remove nut. if it is to tight use a pipe on the end of your wrench or socket to get better leverage.





remove OEM say bar, use pry bar if needed. replace with new sway bar. use pry bar or rubber mallet to align holes where arrows are indicated.



reverse the order and make sure to torque the nut on the sway bar as indicated.
good luck and be safe.
 

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It's been a while since I did mine but I only remember taking out the 2 large bolts & than replacing them after swapping bars. :chug:
 

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It's been a while since I did mine but I only remember taking out the 2 large bolts & than replacing them after swapping bars. :chug:
i've had to do that several times just because I am switching rear sway bars but removing those two 10mm bolts aren't necessary but removing them will make putting that wrench on there much easier.
 

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i've had to do that several times just because I am switching rear sway bars but removing those two 10mm bolts aren't necessary but removing them will make putting that wrench on there much easier.
So I wasn't forgetting those. :lol: When I loosened the large 22mm bolts I don't think the nuts even moved on me even though I could have gotten a wrench in there. :D
 

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Damn this thread just made me buy a set of FSB and RSB from TRDsparks.. This forums is making me broke.. Still need the borla exhaust too... FFFFFUUUUUU!!!! :p
 

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Damn this thread just made me buy a set of FSB and RSB from TRDsparks.. This forums is making me broke.. Still need the borla exhaust too... FFFFFUUUUUU!!!! :p
i know thats why i posted this up since it did the same for me. and thank you for finding this tread useful.
 

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Is it me or is torqing 180ft-lbs like overkill? Just curious as thats what was recommended.. Do 1/2" torque wrenches even go that high? I was looking into buy my own torque wrench so i dont have to borrow one but most max at 180 ft-lbs.
 

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Is it me or is torqing 180ft-lbs like overkill? Just curious as thats what was recommended.. Do 1/2" torque wrenches even go that high? I was looking into buy my own torque wrench so i dont have to borrow one but most max at 180 ft-lbs.
Your post made me LOL. I've got my RSB ordered so I've been trying to get more familiar with the install myself. I read 180 ft-lbs and was like WTF?!? But if that's what they suggest/require then I guess that's what I'll do.

A bit off this particular thread topic . . . . I too am looking to buy a torque wrench for this and future projects. There's plenty that go above what's required for the RSB but they start getting more spendy. I've come across some "cheaper" ones but then I start thinking well if I'm going spend any money on one I'd prefer to get one that's going to last. I'd love to get a nice 1/2" drive Snap-On but I'm having a hard time justifying the cost. I found a great deal on Craigslist for a Proto 1/2" TW but it only goes up to 150 ft-lbs. :facepalm: Let me know what you end up doing.

@ OP - Thank you very much for posting up all these great DIY threads!! I have yet to do this but after reading this thread I feel much more confident and capable of doing this with relative ease. :thumbsup:
 

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I'm glad that this help.

that is an old snap on 1/2 torque wrench it goes up to 250 ft/pounds
to be honest just get you a cheap harbor freight one for 50 or so bucks. some places will let you rent tools for use.

i also torqued it to what TRD listed on the instruction
 

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When I just installed my Eibach springs I had to remove the large RSB bolts to remove my UR RSB to remove the rear struts. I was able to easily put my 22mm wrench on the nut without removing the smaller 10mm bolt. It wasn't in the way at all for anyone that cares. :lol:
 

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I know this is an old post I'm digging up, but I wanted to say thanks for the tutorial. Looks super easy and I've been wanting to get the sway bar.
 

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It is an easy install, but be prepared to summon the strength of your ansestors to remove those bolts. I had a Snap On electric impact the first time around, with no success, and broke my buddies craftsman breaker. Had to purchase a breaker bar and use a cheater along with it. Picked it up at Harborfreight for $10 on sale. Good luck.
 

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I know this is an old post I'm digging up, but I wanted to say thanks for the tutorial. Looks super easy and I've been wanting to get the sway bar.
You will love it. Once you get the large bolts loose it's all downhill from there! :grin:
 
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This is a write up for if you ever wanted to replace the rear sway bar but you feel like you don't know how to.

Difficulty level 1 (easy) - 5 (hard)
1 (easy)



read all instruction that was provided or look it on-line :D

please use proper tools as indicated or appropriate to the application.

you will need some kind of lift or jack with stands.

rubber mallet is optional if needed.



jack up the back of the car and secure it with stands.



remove bolt for each side as indicated. it is 10 mm.



move bracket out of the way to access the nut.



use a 22 mm wrench or socket to remove nut. if it is to tight use a pipe on the end of your wrench or socket to get better leverage.





remove OEM say bar, use pry bar if needed. replace with new sway bar. use pry bar or rubber mallet to align holes where arrows are indicated.



reverse the order and make sure to torque the nut on the sway bar as indicated.
good luck and be safe.

You just caused me to buy a TRD Rear Sway Bar..

Many thanks for a great DIY.
 

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I have a question, I discovered the TRD sway bar today, the one thing I didn't see in any of the comments though....... How's the handling!?!?! Does it handle better with it? Does it improve stability entering driveways or going over bumps sideways? This is the first car I've owned with i beam rear suspension, kinda sad considering the 8th gen had independent rear that handled a LOT better. Not sure about the 9th. But anyway, any feedback from OP or anyone else who has the TRD sway bar??
 
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