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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, I tried replacing my sway bar bushing... Pics in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Heres the sway bar bushing Here it is with the bracket off, notice how worn and flexible it is... completely ...
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    I tried replacing my sway bar bushing... Pics

    Heres the sway bar bushing


    Here it is with the bracket off, notice how worn and flexible it is...


    completely off bracket and all Nut size 15mm...


    And this is the 23mm Energy Suspension replacement kit I got from Autozone... It was to small to fit so i returned it and my search for a replacement continues...


    I wonder if I ask Rippy, he can get me some new ones... anybody, any luck?

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    Re: I tried replacing my sway bar bushing... Pics

    i am sure rippy can get you new ones. i thought there was a thread floating around that a member had made a set work that he purchased and they were made of a red urethane. but i cant put my fingers on it, my computers seems to not want to work this early in the morning.

    edit, apparently my brain doesnt work this early either. the bushings i was thinking of was for the shifter linkage...sorry.

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    Re: I tried replacing my sway bar bushing... Pics

    I've been on a search for poly bushings too. Can't find a listing anywhere for a CTS.
    Apparently the black poly ones are impregnated with graphite for lubrication.

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    Re: I tried replacing my sway bar bushing... Pics

    yep, mine are gone, flexible squishy worn out... , i'll get my VIN and send him a pm,

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    Re: I tried replacing my sway bar bushing... Pics

    I just looked these up for a forum member this morning (he emailed me yesterday)

    PM or email me your VIN and i'll check yours
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    Re: I tried replacing my sway bar bushing... Pics

    As the original poster already discovered, I posted a comment about making universal sway bar bushings work up front in this other thread. Then I saw this thread as I was searching for something at work and figured I'd come back and update it later.

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    You can use universal poly rear bushings - Energy Suspension and Prothane both make them (and there are probably other companies, too). The U-shaped bushing brackets come in a couple of different sizes, so you'll have to measure the bolt spacing of the stock bushing brackets to make sure you get the right size.

    Up front it's not as easy, because the front bushings have a weird J-shaped bracket (the rear side is ~2" longer than the front side). Hotchkis does away with that by including a spacer block and a longer bolt. This is the only semi-worthwhile picture I have of it:


    If you look to the right of the bushing, below the sway bar, you can see just the bottom portion of a black metal block - that's the spacer that Hotchkis includes. By putting that block in there, you can use a normal U-shaped bushing bracket (the silver bracket is Hotchkis' billet bracket - some folks have actually deformed the stock brackets). You could recreate the same effect with a stack of washers or maybe some pipe nipples cut to the proper length.
    On my car I'm using the the Hotchkis billet bushing bracket, Energy or Prothane (I can't remember which) 26mm bushings (for the stock 26.5mm V front bar) and the Hotchkis chunk of metal bracket spacer.
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