Front sway bar bushing replacement 01 ZX2

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  1. paul01zx2

    paul01zx2 FEOA Member

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    What is involved in replacing the front sway bar bushings (not end links) on a 2001 ZX2? Is it difficult or require special tools? Do I need to remove alot of other stuff to get to them?

    Also I want to replace the bushing/bearing that supports the rear of the front lower control arm but none of the online parts stores seem to list this part. Is this a 'Ford only' part? Do these parts generally need replacing (my car has 120K miles on it)?

    Thanks,
    Paul
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    Car, minus control arm
    Control arm, minus car with two brand new polyurethane bushings

    The bushings were bought from ZXTuner.com

    To get the control arm out you're gonna need to disconnect the ball joint, the pivot bolt at the front and the bolts that hold the cradle for the rear. You'd be wise to have a press as well, but you don't need one.

    A large C-Clamp and a bench vice can work with some inginuity and determination. I think we also used a torch, a hammer, and a drill to get the bushings on the front control arms out. A press would be the best route.

    Pics of the whole process

    At 120k miles you probably don't NEED to change the bushings unless you have something wrong with them (like visible damage). But if you're going to replace them and you're looking for a little tighter ride rather than the OEM slop that they build in for comfort, then consider polyurethane bushings.
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    Read my post. SWAY BAR BUSHINGS!

    Paul
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    They're pretty toughg to get to. I did mine along with the steering rack bushings (changed to polyurethane). If you for sure need to replace them since they're very hard to get to then you have to remove several stuff.
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    OK...tell me what needs to be removed...please.

    Paul
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    oooooh... sway bar. Sorry, it was the end of a long day for me. The swaybar bushings don't really need changing unless they're shot and the bar is banging around. The business end of the swaybar is at the endlinks. It's really just a big torsion bar.
  7. paul01zx2

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    Now Im getting frustrated.

    Yes, for the love of sweet Jesus its banging around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE read my post and tell me how to replace my SWAY BAR BUSHINGS. PLEEEEEESE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Woah Paul, you need to calm down. The first half of your post never said anything about the condition of the swaybar bushings. I was trying to give you some advice and possibly save you some time and money by keeping you from replacing something that doesn't need replacing.

    The second half of your first post asked about the control arm bushing and i gave you the benifit of my experience with doing that one - complete with pictures.

    So i'm not so sure what you're all frustrated about. You've gotten good answers related to your question. If you're looking for a specific step-by-step response, go spend $15 on a Haynes manual at PepBoys, AutoZone, Advanced Auto, etc.
    Having never changed the swaybar bushings on the front (only the rear) I'm not 100% sure whats involved. But you're probably gonna have to take off the wheels, and the splash guards, and maybe drop the crossmember (with the engine supported, of course, so you don't end up a pancake). It's a pretty tight fit in there, so working up and around stuff without taking the whole bar out is probalby your best bet.
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    Thank you. I have the Haynes and it really does not go into in sway bar bushings. I didnt say anything about them as I do not know the condition - I cant even see them - but Im dealing with a front end 'rattle' and Ive pretty much ruled out practically everthing else. The pictorial on the LCAs was great thanks.

    I get frustrated when I ask 'how do I do this...' and people respond 'oh you dont need to do that...'

    Thanks
    Paul
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    What else have you ruled out that got you to thinking its the sway bar bushings?
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    The easiest way about doing it is to drop the front subframe, a total biotch.
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