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

Stabilizer Bar (Sway Bar)

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Land Cruiser

See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Raise the truck and support it on safety stands.
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  3. Remove the wheels.
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  5. Remove the nut, then disconnect the stabilizer bar with the link from the bracket.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the nut, then disconnect the stabilizer bar and link from the bracket

  1. Disconnect the bar from the axle housing. Remove the stabilizer bar. Remove the 2 bolts and remove the bracket from the bar.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Two wrenches will be needed to remove the through-bolt

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. Reassemble the cushions and cover onto the painted mark on the bar.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Reassemble the cushions and cover over the painted mark on the bar

  1. Tighten the bar-to-bracket bolts to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm). Mount the bar, tightening the fittings just snug.
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  3. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle to the ground. Bounce the front end several times to stabilize the suspension.
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  5. Tighten the bolts at the axle tube to 19 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). Tighten the nuts at the top of the small link to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm) on 1991-93 models 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm) on 1994-96 models.
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  7. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
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Tacoma, T100 and 4Runner

See Figures 4, 5, 6 and 7

  1. Remove the front wheels.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Exploded view of the sway bar and associated components

  1. Disconnect the stabilizer bar links as follows:
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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove these two nuts attaching the stabilizer links to the bar

  1. Remove the nuts and disconnect the stabilizer bar links from the lower control arm.
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  3. Hold the link with a wrench, then remove the nut, retainers, cushions and link.
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  1. Remove the bolts and stabilizer bar with cushions and brackets.
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Fig. Fig. 6: The two brackets which help position the bar are secured by four mounting bolts



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Fig. Fig. 7: Hold the link with a wrench, then remove the nut (at arrow), retainers, cushions and link

To install:
  1. Place the stabilizer bar into position, then install both the bar cushions and brackets to the frame. Temporarily install the bolts. Tighten to 19-22 ft. lbs. (25-29 Nm).
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  3. 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).
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  5. On models with the links 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).
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  7. Install the front wheels.
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  9. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
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