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Old 09-09-2013, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default So what's the trick to endlink/sway bar install?

I've got a Perrin front and rear sway for my 2011 STI that my other half and I struggled to try and install about 3 weeks ago. We had no luck getting the end link and spacers into the lower control arm. Perrin's instructions indicate:

NOTE:This will require the use of a small prybar to squeeze the bushing into place.
After an hour or more of doing exactly this... I gave up.

I'm mechanically inclined but are we just a couple of idiots or is there a trick to getting these in? I'd prefer to not have to pay a shop $200 to do the install when this appears that it should be an easy at home modification

ANY help is appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:20 PM   #2
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The best way I found to get the spacers and endlinks into the control arm was to slightly loosen the but that holds the strut into the control arm. Make sure you re torque it to spec tho once the end link is in place! This will relieve some of the pressure and open the control arm up a little wider.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:24 PM   #3
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Thank you so much! I will try that on my next installation attempt.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:26 PM   #4
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it also makes things much easier if you drop both sides and install endlinks at the same time.

if you need help, I'm also in bothell.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:45 PM   #5
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it also makes things much easier if you drop both sides and install endlinks at the same time.

if you need help, I'm also in bothell.
But make sure to torque it when on the ground/ ramps
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:49 PM   #6
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it also makes things much easier if you drop both sides and install endlinks at the same time.

if you need help, I'm also in bothell.
I may have to take you up on that. I'm off on Thursday and will probably attempt to install them then. Going to be around?
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:48 PM   #7
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You're using ramps to lift the car, right? If not that might be the issue.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:02 AM   #8
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As far as removal goes, either both wheels need to be on ramps or both on jacks/jack stands. Remove bolts on both top and bottom of endlinks so the bar swings free. Install linkks, if on ramps completely tighten. If on jacks lower car drive back and forth a few times to settle car and tighten endlinks underload (on ramps or on grouund). If the links won't' go into the swaybar you may need to use adjustable endlinks. WL139 will work well w/minimal noise.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:40 PM   #9
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It sounds like you're installing the poly endlinks in the rear control arms. To get those spacers in, you will want to use a prybar from under the car, and use it to squeeze the bushing away from the spacer that you're going to add. That'll help give you a little more room to get the spacer in the control arm. Loostening the shock bolts can help too.
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