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replacing sway bar bushings

apparently our cars take either 1" or 1.06" diameter sway bar bushings. i bought both. is there a way to tell what size my car takes from the VIN or production date? i have a vernier caliper to measure the bar and that's probably what i'll have to do. where do i measure the bar? it appears from the pic in the fsm that the bar is thicker where the bushings go.
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AFAIK the sway bar is the same diameter along its length. Of course though, you can't get an accurate measurement where there is a bend. Just wipe it real clean somewhere in the straight part betwen the bushings and measure the diameter with your calipers.

And BTW - the aftermarket is FOS as far as bushing size. Our sway bars are in even millimeters of diameter, *and* there are at least 3 diameters of front sway bars for our cars. The aftermarket world just tries to reduce the number of different parts they have in their system, so they narrowed it down to 2 that barely provide coverage for all sizes. That just means that for certain sizes of sway bars, the bushing will not work quietly for as long as if the bushing size were optimized for that size sway bar. If they could have made one size bushing that could have been installed and worked OK for 2 weeks for the smallest size bar and barely been able to be installed by minimally skilled DIY'er for largest size bar, they would have done so.


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so, my question becomes: if i'm inbetween sizes, do i go loose or tight? are the bushings supposed to hold the bar tight with no movement, or is there supposed to be some type of rotating or torquing of the bar happening within the bushing?
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I'd go tight. The bar is supposed to rotate in the bushings but with no play. Put a little silicone grease on the inside of the bushings before installing.
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thanks! also, i'm trying to straighten my steering wheel by turning the adjuster on the tie rods......but i can't get it to turn.....used "blaster"......had a new tie rod installed 6 months ago.....both seem frozen......what may i be doing wrong?
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You loosened the clamp on the adjuster?

When you say you had a new tie rod installed, you meant the whole thing (inner, outer, and adjuster sleeve)? I ask because if you still have the original factory adjusters, they're awful - you should buy the aftermarket adjusters that have the nice big hex on them.

It would be a pain to remove the inner tie rods from the rack to do this, but you could always remove the complete tie rod assemblies (inner. outer, and adjuster sleeve) so you could work on it on the bench.
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thanks again peva.....ur the best! i finally got the oem adjusters free.....ur right, they're terrible! turned one in and the other out 1/4 turn.....i'll let u know how well my steering wheel straightened out when i go for a test drive
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You're welcome!

Yes let us know the results.
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well, i installed the "tighter" of the 2 sway bar bushings (1" vs 1 1/16") with lube as suggested.......rides perfect with no clunks now! also, 1/4 turn of the tie rod adjusters seems to have straightened out my wheel perfectly! thanks again peva.....a pleasure doing business with u. whenever i read posts and replies.....it seems ur always on the money!
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well, i installed the "tighter" of the 2 sway bar bushings (1" vs 1 1/16") with lube as suggested.......rides perfect with no clunks now! also, 1/4 turn of the tie rod adjusters seems to have straightened out my wheel perfectly! thanks again peva.....a pleasure doing business with u. whenever i read posts and replies.....it seems ur always on the money!
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