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#1 Old 12-22-2009, 09:53 AM
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Sway Bar Bushing Question

I want to replace my sway bar bushings due to the bump squeak. My question is, do I need to lift the front or keep it on the ground before I loosen the bushing bolts? Is there any tension to look out for when removing?

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You can keep it on the ground. As long as both wheels are mostly even, there's no tension. Its sole purpose is to keep the car level so there's tension only when the wheels are at uneven heights.

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Thanks Pops. Can't stand the winter squeak anymore.


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I greased the heck outta mine but we don't use much salt here, mostly sand so I don't know how well it'd hold up to salted roads.

I got coated with salt galore while up in Chicago a few weeks ago and my LCA's were squeaking a little so I spent this last weekend getting all that mess cleaned off and changing the oil. After the used Mobil 1 oil was finished dumping out, I soaked a paper towel with it and rubbed it all over my front undercarriage. It removed all the left over grime that I couldn't get to in the freezing weather with the car wash sprayer and it made everything look like new. I think I'm going to start using synthetic motor oil as a cleaning agent more often for other suspension and underbelly areas as I have time.

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I'm getting that squeak too. I called energy suspension because they don't have any aftermarket polyurethane kits listed for the armadas. The tech took my info and I'm waiting to see if he can match up what they have in universal applications that will work with the armada.

Some of the parts I informed him were:

- coil spring isolators
- shock/strut bumpstops
- sway bar bushings
- sway bar endlinks


I'm ordering the Bilsteins 5100 nex month, and want to install it using energy suspension parts to replace the cheap, rubber bushings Nissan uses. Hopefully, they'll have some feedback on my request by that time. If so, I'll let you guys know what options we might have with energy suspension.

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Pops, I do the same thing and then kind of buff it off as much as possible to keep the sand and salt from sticking. It does make it look nice!

Primo, that sounds great! Let us know.


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I did a quick search and saw that Prothane makes a 34mm sway bar bushing kit for the Titans. I just ordered a set online and I'll get them installed sometime next week once its delivered. Its a great and readily available option over the stock rubber sway bar bushings.


Here's the link:

http://www.suspensionconnection.com/...n/14-1123.html

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I replaced the stock bushing with a set of polyurethane sway bar bushing (34mm sold for TiTan). the bushing has to be greased and it prothane comes with a tube of grease which I believe is not enough; i bought some good synthetic grease-this is real nasty, and even works underwater; wear gloves. coat the bushing. grease the surface of the sway bar that comes in contact with the bushing; grease inside of the brackets;grease the area of the chasis where the flat surface of bushing rests. Dont be afraid to use the grease. USE IT HEAVILY.
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I just ordered also doing some work on my front end probably next week, Thanks Primo and wizarmda!!!

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Besides all the grease you had to use, did it fit fairly well? How is it after you've driven a bit? Thanks!
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