Toyota Pick-ups/Land Cruiser/4Runner 1989-1996

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar)

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Pick-Up
  1. Raise the truck and support it on safety stands. Remove the wheels.
  2.  
  3. Remove one torsion bar spring.
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  5. Remove the nuts and cushions at both sides of the stabilizer bar where it attaches to the control arms.
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  7. Remove the 2 bushings and brackets at the frame member. Remove the stabilizer bar.
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Examine the rubber bushings very carefully for any splits or deformation. Clean the inner and outer surfaces of the bushings before reinstallation. Failed or dirty bushings can create a chorus of odd noises under the vehicle, particularly during cornering.

To install:
  1. Position the stabilizer bar and install the 2 center bushings and brackets to the frame. Finger-tighten the bolts.
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  3. Connect the bar to the control arms on each side. Use new nuts and tighten to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
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  5. Tighten the center bracket bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (13 Nm) and install the torsion bar.
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  7. Install the wheels and lower the truck.
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  9. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
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Tacoma

See Figure 1

  1. Remove the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Hold the bolt with a wrench, then remove the nut, retainer, collar and cushion from the lower control arm.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the stabilizer bar and associated components-Tacoma shown

  1. Remove the bolts and stabilizer bar with the cushions and brackets.
  2.  
  3. Remove the brackets and cushions from the stabilizer bar.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Install the cushions to the inside of the paint mark. Attach the bar with the brackets, tighten the bracket bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (29 Nm).
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  3. Tighten the nut holding the lower control arm components to 29 ft. lbs. (39 Nm).
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  5. Install the wheel, lower the vehicle.
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  7. Tighten the lug nuts.
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  9. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
  10.  

4Runner

See Figure 2

  1. Remove the front wheels.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the stabilizer bar links as follows:
    1. Remove the nuts and disconnect the stabilizer bar links from the lower control arm.
    2.  
    3. Hold the link with a wrench, then remove the nut, retainers, cushions and link.
    4.  

  4.  
  5. Remove the bolts and stabilizer bar with cushions and brackets.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Place the stabilizer bar into position, then install the both bar cushions and brackets to the frame. Temporarily install the bolts. Tighten to 19-22 ft. lbs. (25-29 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the front stabilizer bar components-1996 4Runner shown

  1. Hold the stabilizer bar link with a wrench, then install the link onto the lower control arm with a new nut. Tighten the nut to 14-19 ft. lbs. (19-25 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Using a hexagon wrench, connect the stabilizer bar on both sides to the links with new nuts, tighten to 55-70 ft. lbs. (69-95 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the front wheels.
  6.  
  7. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
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