Nissan Z - ZX 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Tension Rod



See Figures 1 and 2

  1. Raise and support the front of the vehicle on jackstands.
  3. Remove the splash board, if equipped.
  5. Back off the tension rod retaining nut, then remove the nut, the washers and the rubber bushing.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the retaining nut and washer

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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the transverse link bolts, then detach the tension rod

  1. Remove the tension rod-to-transverse link bolts and the tension rod.

The tension rods are designed with a left and a right direction, be sure to install each in its correct position.

  1. To install, reverse the removal procedures. Tighten the tension rod-to-transverse link to 44-51 ft. lbs. (61-71 Nm) for 1970-83 or 31-43 ft. lbs. (42-59 Nm) for 1984-87 and 65-80 ft. lbs (88-108 Nm) for 1988; the tension rod-to-body nuts to 33-40 ft. lbs. (44-54 Nm) for 1970-87 and 65-80 ft. lbs (88-108 Nm) for 1988.

Make sure that the tension rod bushings are facing in the correct direction, that being with the rounded edge of the bushing contacting the mounting hole on the vehicle. After installation, make sure that the minimum clearances between each tension rod and the stabilizer bar are equal.