GM Corvette 1984-1996 Repair Guide

Stabilizer Shaft

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1984-88 Vehicles

See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the spare tire and tire carrier.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the knuckles.
  6.  
  7. Remove the stabilizer bar bushing retainers, bushings and bar from the vehicle.
  8.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: View of the rear stabilizer (sway) bar-to-link attachment (see arrows)

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Tighten the stabilizer bar-to-body retainers to 15-22 ft. lbs. (20-30 Nm).
  2.  

1989 Vehicles

See Figure 2

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the tire carrier and spare tire.
  4.  
  5. Unfasten the stabilizer shaft from the link flange at the knuckles.
  6.  
  7. Remove the stabilizer shaft bushing insulators and shaft from the vehicle.
  8.  



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the rear stabilizer bar used on 1989-96 vehicles

To install:
  1. Install the stabilizer shaft insulators.
  2.  
  3. Position the stabilizer shaft ends to the shaft links and insert the insulator, bolt and nut. Make sure the squared off upper corner of the stabilizer shaft is facing up, as shown in the accompanying figure.
  4.  
  5. Install the stabilizer shaft to the frame. With the suspension held at the proper trim height, tighten the bracket nuts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm), and the link bolt nut to 35 ft. lbs. (48 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the spare tire and tire carrier.
  8.  
  9. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  10.  

1990-96 Vehicles

See Figure 2

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear tire and wheel assemblies.
  4.  
  5. Remove the spare tire cover, the spare tire, then jack and the tire carrier.
  6.  
  7. Unfasten the stabilizer shaft link bolts and nuts securing the stabilizer shaft lines to the stabilizer shaft link brackets.
  8.  
  9. Remove the nuts securing the fuel tank safety straps to the stabilizer shaft brackets, then remove the straps.
  10.  
  11. Unfasten the stabilizer shaft bracket nuts, brackets and insulators.
  12.  
  13. Remove the muffler hanger, nuts and disconnect the mufflers from the hangers.
  14.  
  15. Remove the stabilizer shaft from the vehicle.
  16.  
  17. Remove the stabilizer shaft link nuts, bolts and links from the shaft.
  18.  
  19. Remove the stabilizer shaft link insulators from the shaft using a universal steering linkage puller and a suitable spacer to provide contact with the insulator flange.
  20.  
  21. If necessary, remove the stabilizer shaft link insulators, using a universal steering linkage puller and a suitable spacer to provide contact with the insulator flange.
  22.  

To install:
  1. If removed, install the stabilizer shaft link insulators to the link using the puller and spacer. The insulators must be installed in the direction shown in the accompanying figure.
  2.  
  3. Install the stabilizer shaft link insulators to the shaft using the puller and spacer. The insulators must be installed in the direction shown in the accompanying figure.
  4.  
  5. Install the stabilizer shaft links, bolts and nuts to the shaft. The link bolts must be installed with the bolt heads inboard, as shown in the accompanying figure.
  6.  

Do not allow the suspension to move beyond rebound.

  1. Install the stabilizer shaft insulators, brackets and nuts. With the suspension held at the proper trim height, tighten the retainers as follows:
    1. Stabilizer shaft bracket nuts: 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm)
    2.  
    3. Stabilizer shaft link nuts at the stabilizer shaft: 39 ft. lbs. (53 Nm)
    4.  
    5. Stabilizer shaft link nuts at link brackets: 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm)
    6.  

  2.  
  3. Remove the jack stands.
  4.  
  5. Connect the fuel tank safely straps to the stabilizer shaft brackets and install the nuts. Tighten the nuts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Position the mufflers to the muffler hangers and install the retaining nuts. Tighten the nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the tire carrier, spare tire, spare tire cover and jack.
  10.  
  11. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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