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Old 07-28-2017, 11:03 PM   #1
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87 HB 2wd, installing a front stabilizer bar (it came without one) what is the secret?? I cant get it where it needs to be... seems like it should be a no brainer (maybe more adult beverage needed) any thoughts?
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if you had a bar already on there, you gotta remove both end links to get it placed correctly. so seeing how there isnt one just start off with one side at a time. when i changed my bushings, i removed both end links and unbolted the front ones under the radiator support. then i replaced those, then i only finger tightened the bolts.

the end link bushings are easy. take the bolt, install one washer, and one bushing. push that from the bottom of the lower control arm, when the head of the bolt sticks through, install another bushing, another washer, then press it up a little more to ge the sleeve on, then add another washer then another bushing. work that through the end of the sway bar, then add the last bushing then the washer, then the bolt and tighten just finger tight. repeat on the other side. i had one end link break. and i raised that side of the truck up, supported it with a jack stand, then used the floor jack to raise the lower control arm enough to clear the bar.

or you could do the end links first, then use a floor jack to raise the bar under the core support to tighten the bushings to the frame.

i used a moog set, but the energy suspension ones go together the same way.



and for easy reference, here is how it looks onces its installed minus the top bolt.

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I replaced my stabilizer bar links recently. As I recall I used a large pry bar to pry down on the lower control arms and quickly popped them into place.
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its not too bad of a job. just check those end links now and then. mine started bouncing real bad from the left front and pulling left when braking. i saw the driver end link was gone. something snapped and it fell off the truck. i saw it was missing while i was changing the oil. i replaced it and the truck is behaving again.
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I was thinking of trying a jack, guess I will now!
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is it giving you trouble fitting the rod and bushing under the end of the arm? thats usually the pain.
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lining up to the mounting points on the control arms..at the same time, am going to try setting the truck on jack stands, then using a jack
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i tried putting the bolts in from the top, but there wasnt enough room. and when i replaced the one side that was broken, i remember exactly how i did it now that i sat here and thought about it a little bit.

i put the truck on ramps. then i got my floor jack and positioned it with a 2x4 that was notched in the center so the bar fit in the notch. i then assembled the end link though the LCA, installed the sleeve and the bottom bushing for the top. then i slowly raised the jack too move the bar upward so i could slide the bolt in to fit the top bushing in place. it was a song and dance for sure. i had to work the jack handle, hold the partially assembled link in place while watching the bar for clearance while positioning the bolt, then letting the bar down slowly to attach the top and get it snug.
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