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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Sway bar bushings in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Anyne have any info / tips on swapping them out. They look pretty straight forward. I am replacing them with ...
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    Sway bar bushings

    Anyne have any info / tips on swapping them out. They look pretty straight forward. I am replacing them with new stock units, did not think anyone did them in poly.

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    Mike

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    Yea I have a clunk. When I did the end links last year, I noticed some play in the bar bushings, I could move the bar up and down in them a little, so figured wtf, easy enough to change and see if it affects anything. And I am at 80k miles or so, so figured wth change them.

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    It's not hard at all, especially if you're just replacing the bushings and don't need to take the bars out.

    http://cadillacfaq.com/faq/answers/swaybar/index.html
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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    Thx for the info.

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    Quote Originally Posted by CTSV_510 View Post
    It's not hard at all, especially if you're just replacing the bushings and don't need to take the bars out.

    http://cadillacfaq.com/faq/answers/swaybar/index.html
    If I understand correctly, you will need to take the sway bar out even if you are just replacing the bushings. You need to take the sway bar to a machine shop to have the bushing pressed out. Is that not correct?

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    No the bushing is free by itself, it has a u-shaped clamp around it. The rubber part is separate fron the clamp. And it is split so it slips over the bar. The bushing is not one piece like you are thinking.The end links prob need to be disconnected to work the bar around so you can get the bushind out and back in.

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    Quote Originally Posted by HAMSTAR View Post
    If I understand correctly, you will need to take the sway bar out even if you are just replacing the bushings. You need to take the sway bar to a machine shop to have the bushing pressed out. Is that not correct?
    Not at all. The bushings slide over the bars like a ring slides over a finger. Actually, now that I think about it they may even have a slit in them so you can pull them apart to go around the bars. Either way, you do not need to have anything pressed.
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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    Quote Originally Posted by CTSV_510 View Post
    Not at all. The bushings slide over the bars like a ring slides over a finger. Actually, now that I think about it they may even have a slit in them so you can pull them apart to go around the bars. Either way, you do not need to have anything pressed.
    Well, ****. I was thinking of control arm bushings. Move along, nothing to see. Just an idiot (me).

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    15mm and some grease. Its a 1-2-3 thing. You'd do best to take the wheels off when you do it, but you can probably do 'em with the wheels just turned... although it'll make it harder.

    Get a long breaker bar / decent sized torque bar. They tend to be on there good if you haven't done 'em before. lol

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    I want to know the results of the replacement. I have Hotchkiss bars but I still would like to know. Please post the results.

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    OK, swapped out the bushings.

    Pretty straight forward. I jacked up the front end, pulled both front wheels off, disconnected both end links, and swapped out one side bushing at a time. A deep 15MM socket works good for the aft or back bolt, and a short one for the forward one. Holding the new vs old bushing next to each other you can definately tell the difference, the old one was reamed, stretched out and looked noticiably bigger then the new one. I used a little Krytox lube we use on the Boeing Business Jets we work on at work to lube the inside of the bushing and reassembled.

    Have not driven it yet so no road/clunk report yet.

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    Thanks bro. Looking forward to the clunk report!

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    Quote Originally Posted by HAMSTAR View Post
    Thanks bro. Looking forward to the clunk report!

    Yea I had other cars in the way last night so no drive yet, tonight I will get it out and clunk check it, let you all know later tonight or tomorrow.

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    Re: Sway bar bushings

    Sorry rain in the area last night so no clunk check, hopefully tonight.

    Mike
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