Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker 1986-1998 Repair Guide

Stabilizer (Sway) Bar

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Samurai Models

See Figure 1

  1. Apply the parking brake, block the rear wheels, then raise and safely support the front of the vehicle on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the stabilizer bar pivot bolts.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the Samurai front sway bar mounting

  1. Remove the stabilizer bar mount bushing bracket bolts and nuts.
  2.  
  3. Remove the stabilizer bar.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Install the new stabilizer bar, using new bushings.
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  3. Tighten the stabilizer bar pivot bolts to 51-65 ft. lbs. (70-90 Nm), and the mounting bracket nuts to 20-248 inch lbs. (4-28 Nm).
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  5. Lower the vehicle.
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Sidekick, Tracker, Sidekick Sport and X-90 Models

See Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the coil spring suspension's sway bar assembly

  1. Apply the parking brake, block the rear wheels, then raise and safely support the front of the vehicle on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the engine skid plate, if equipped.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: To remove the front sway bar, first disconnect the bar from the control arm at the end links by removing the attaching nut



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Fig. Fig. 4: Some gentle prying may be necessary to remove the link from the sway bar end. Remove the bushing bracket bolts, bracket and bar

  1. Disconnect the left and the right sway links from the lower control arm.
  2.  
  3. Remove the sway bar mount bushing bracket bolts and nuts.
  4.  
  5. Remove the sway bar.
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  7. Remove the sway bar link nuts from the sway bar and remove the sway bar links.
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To install:
  1. Install the sway bar links to the sway bar and install the nuts. Tighten the nuts to 29-43 ft. lbs. (40-60 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the sway bar, using new bushings. Install the sway bar bracket bushing bolts and nuts and connect the sway bar link kits. DO NOT tighten any mounting hardware until all nuts and bolts are in place and the sway bar is centered in the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Tighten the sway bar link nuts to the lower control arm to 2-25 ft. lbs. (22-35 Nm).
  6.  



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Fig. Fig. 5: When installing the sway bar, make sure that the paint marks are aligned with the bushings

  1. Tighten the sway bar bracket bolts to 4 ft. lbs. (25 Nm), and the sway bar bracket nuts to 62 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install the engine skid plate, if removed.
  4.  
  5. Lower the vehicle.
  6.  

 
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