Subaru Car 1998-05

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar)

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Loosen the sway bar link retainer nut . . .

Loosen the sway bar link retainer nut . . .

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Fig. . . . then remove the nut and washer . . .

. . . then remove the nut and washer . . .

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Fig. . . . followed by the bushing (1997)

. . . followed by the bushing (1997)

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Fig. Remove the sway bar bracket retainer bolts from the underbody (1997)

Remove the sway bar bracket retainer bolts from the underbody (1997)

Sway bars are equipped on 4WD vehicles only.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
  4.  
  5. Mark the location and direction of the stabilizer mounting clamps. This will ensure proper installation.
  6.  
  7. Remove the stabilizer-to-crossmember bolts.
  8.  
  9. Remove the bolts that secure the stabilizer to the control link.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Check all of the bushings for deformity or damage. Replace any bushing that shows signs of deterioration.
  2.  
  3. Install the bushings and clamps on the stabilizer, aligning any marks made during removal.
  4.  
  5. Install the stabilizer bar into position, and install the retaining bolts. Tighten bolts to the following amounts:

    Stabilizer link-to-control link-13-17 ft. lbs. (18-23 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer-to-crossmember-15-21 ft. lbs. (21-28 Nm).
     

  6.  
  7. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle.
  8.  



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Fig. Rear sway bar assembly-SVX

Rear sway bar assembly-SVX
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the sway bar link-to-sway bar mounting nuts and bolts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the sway bar bracket mounting bolts, then remove the brackets from the frame.
  6.  
  7. Remove the sway bar.
  8.  

To install:

  1. Position the sway bar on the vehicle and install the sway bar brackets on the paint marks on the sway bar. Install the bolts and tighten to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
    NOTE
    When installing the sway bar brackets make sure the brackets are installed in the correct direction. The upper end of the bracket is shorter than the lower.

  2.  
  3. Connect the sway bar to the sway bar links and tighten the mounting nuts and bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle.
  6.  

  1. Loosen the rear wheel lug nuts.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the bolts that secure the stabilizer link to the rear arm.
  8.  
  9. Remove the bolts which secure the stabilizer bar to the sub frame.
  10.  
  11. Remove the stabilizer bar from the vehicle.
  12.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  
  3. Be sure that the stabilizer bar and the bushings have the same identification markings and/or colors.
  4.  
  5. Be sure to use new bolts and nuts, as required.
  6.  
  7. Always fully tighten the rubber bushings when the wheels are in full contact with the ground and the vehicle is at curb height.
  8.  
  9. Check and adjust the wheel alignment, as necessary.
  10.  

 
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