Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Stabilizer and Strut Bar

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



2WD Models

See Figures 1 through 5

  1. Raise and support the vehicle on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the front wheels.
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  5. Separate the strut bar from the bump stopper of the lower control arm.
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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the stabilizer bar components-2WD models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Strut bars are marked with left and right



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Fig. Fig. 3: Make sure the bushings are placed in correctly, convex surface to the front



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Fig. Fig. 4: The standard value distance of "A" is 3.8 in. (96mm)



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Fig. Fig. 5: The standard value distance of "B" is 0.87-0.94 in. (22-24mm)

  1. Remove the strut bar bracket from the body.
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  3. Remove the stabilizer and strut bar from the strut bar bracket.
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The strut bars are labeled "L" for left and "R" for right side. Keeping mind that the bushings on the strut bar for the front and rear are different shapes. Install the strut bushing that has the convex surface on the front side.

To install:
  1. When installing the strut bar to the bracket, set the standard distance (A) between the strut bar end and the face of the nut as shown in the illustration. Standard value is 3.8 in. (96mm). tighten the strut bar adjusting and locking nuts to 54-61 ft. lbs. (74-83 Nm).
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CAUTION
Make sure to check the front wheel alignment after completion of the strut bar installation. This is obtain the standard caster, then readjust the distance (A) as required.

  1. When installing both ends of the stabilizer, tighten the first nut to obtain the length of (B) from the top of the bolt to the face of the nut, then the second nut to specifications. Tighten the stabilizer-to-lower control arm to 18-25 ft. lbs. (25-34 Nm). Distance (B) is 0.87-0.94 in. (22-24mm.
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  3. Set the right and left clearances between the stabilizer and the side member to even value.
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  5. Tighten the strut bar bracket to 25-33 ft. lbs. (34-44 Nm). and the stabilizer bracket to 6-9 ft. lbs. (8-12 Nm).
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4WD Models See Figures 6 and 7

  1. Raise the vehicle and support safely on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheels. Remove the under cover or splash shield.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the bracket or clamp holding the sway bar to the cross-member. On 4WD Pick-up, the sway bar holding link may be removed from the crossmember; the retaining nut is on top of the crossmember.
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  7. Remove the sway bar support brackets and bushings from the lower control arm. Take careful note of the order and placement of the washers, bushings and spacers. They must be reinstalled correctly.
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Fig. Fig. 6: View of the stabilizer ad strut bar components-4WD models



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Fig. Fig. 7: When installing the stabilizer end links, make sure that the measurement is correct-1983-93 models

  1. Remove the sway bar from the vehicle.
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  3. Inspect the bar for cracking or bending. Check the bushings for cracking or deformation. If any fault is found, replace components. It is recommended to replace the rubber bushings any time they are removed.
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To install:
  1. Install the bar into place and attach all the hardware and brackets loosely. Make sure the washers and bushings are correctly installed.
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  3. All 4WD Pick-ups, use a new nut on the upper link mount (above the crossmember) and tighten it until 0.24-0.31 in (6-8mm) of threads projects through the nut.
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  5. Tighten the bracket or clamp bolts to 8 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
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  7. Install new nuts at each lower control arm. Refer to the following directions for each vehicle:

    1983-91 4WD Pick-ups: tighten the nuts until 0.24-0.35 in. (6-9mm) of threads project through the nut.
     
    1992-93 4WD Pick-ups: Measure the length of the lower control arm sway bar mounting bolt. If the bolt measures 2.1 in. (55mm) long, then 0.24-0.31 in. (6-8mm) of threads should protrude past the nut. If the bolt measured 2.3 in. (60mm) in length, there should be 0.31-0.35 in. (8-9mm) of threads projecting past the nut.
     
    2wd Pick-ups, the bolt must project 0.90 in. (23mm) through the nut.
     

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  9. Install the under cover or splash shield.
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  11. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle to the ground.
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