45 Minute Install Guide: Hotchkis Front Sway Bar

Disclaimer: This part was installed in concert with Speedlogix billet sway bar end links, and a hop-not torque strut, which likely impacted my install time/experience. 

Completed front end suspension (for today).

I love my Hotchkis sway bar. It has had a noticeable impact on the performance of my car on the street, and I imagine it will have a noticeable impact on the strip as well.  The installation process is pretty straightforward, and I imagine if you don’t have long-tube headers, pretty easy. Unfortunately I have long tube headers, and they get in the way of part of this, but more on that later. 

First things first, make sure you have the right tools. They are as follows:

10mm socket and wrench

15mm socket and wrench

21mm wrench

The instructions provided here:  http://files.hotchkis.net/instructions/22107.pdf

Follow the instructions and ensure you secure the vehicle properly while jacking up the front end. SAFETY FIRST. You can’t go fast if you’re dead, and there’s plenty of guys out there who would know that first hand, if they hadn’t been crushed under the weight of their cars. 

In my case, I removed the front wheels since I was also doing the end link change. If you are not changing your end links at the same time, then you do not need to remove the wheels. 

Remove the heat shields, then the subframe bolts. These will take the 10mm socket and 15mm socket respectively.  If you have long-tube headers, be prepared to work around them. You may need to employ an extension and u-joint, or a ratcheting wrench to get the heat shield and frame brackets off. 

Step 4 on the instructions is the part that needs some explaining. Basically, you have to twist the nut (21mm) off of the end-link bolt, but you have to hold the bolt in place with a 10mm wrench or socket in order to do that. It’s kind of funkalicious, but once you put your head under there it should be pretty clear. In my case what we actually ended up doing was having a friend hold the 21mm nut in place while I twisted the 10mm bolt with a ratchet. It worked okay, but definitely wasn’t fun. If you are going to be doing the end links as well, do yourself a favor and just drop the end links while they are still attached to the sway bar. The whole assembly should be able to drop free without issue. 

Read step 5 as well. Then reread it. Don’t do what I did. Make sure you use a full back of grease for EACH BUSHING up front. 

Once you’ve got the bushings on, pop the sway bar loosely on to the end links, then clamp it up to the frame, tighten everything up, and then reinstall the heat-shields. 

Voila! You now have a stiffer, lighter, front sway bar. Congratulations!

New sway bar and billet end links are installed!
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