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BMW E39 Rear Swaybar Links and Bushings Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW E39 Rear Swaybar Links and Bushings Replacement

Kerry Jonsson

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$150

Talent:

***

Tools:

16mm wrench (2) or one 16mm socket with ratchet, 13mm wrench (2) or 13 socket with ratchet

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i Sedan/Wagon (2001-03)
BMW 528i Sedan/Wagon (1997-00)
BMW 530i Sedan (2001-03)
BMW 540i Sedan/Wagon (1997-03)

Parts Required:

Swaybar, swaybar bushings

Hot Tip:

You can remove the swaybar once all the mounts are removed

Performance Gain:

Stop squeaking and tapping over bumps, reduce rear body roll

Complementary Modification:

Change links and polyurethane bushings at the same time.

BMWs taut suspension and sporty ride make them exciting to drive. One of the components that make this possible are the rear swaybar links. These links and swaybar bushings reduce body roll in corners and make for confident cornering. You can replace the stock bushings with polyurethane bushings for a slightly tighter feel during extreme cornering.

The procedure for removing the rear swaybar links and bushings are the same for both the left and right side. While we will be showing instructions from either side understand that the same steps have to be followed on both side of the car.

Lift and support rear axle of the vehicle. You do not have to remove the tires to perform this job but it does make access much easier. See our tech article on jacking up and supporting your vehicle and remove the rear tires.

Replacing The Swaybar Links:
This photo illustrates the right side lower control arm looking at the back side.
Figure 1

This photo illustrates the right side lower control arm looking at the back side. Use a 16mm wrench to secure the ball-joint shaft of the swaybar link (green arrow) while you loosen the 13mm nut with a socket or wrench.

This photo illustrates the left side swaybar link where it attaches to the lower control arm.
Figure 2

This photo illustrates the left side swaybar link where it attaches to the lower control arm. Use a 16mm wrench to secure the ball-joint shaft (green arrow) while removing the 13mm mounting nut (yellow arrow) with either a wrench or socket and ratchet. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedures. After positioning the swaybar links hold ball-joint end with a wrench while tightening fasteners with socket or wrench.

Replacing the Swaybar Bushings:
This photo illustrates the right side swaybar bushing mount under the right side of the car at the rear.
Figure 3

This photo illustrates the right side swaybar bushing mount under the right side of the car at the rear. Use a 13mm wrench to hold the mounting nut and a 13mm socket and ratchet to remove the mounting bolt.

Lift the bottom of the swaybar bushing bracket to unhook the top of the bracket from the sub-frame mount in the direction of the blue arrow.
Figure 4

Lift the bottom of the swaybar bushing bracket to unhook the top of the bracket from the sub-frame mount in the direction of the blue arrow.

After removing the bracket from the swaybar bushing spread the bushing apart and remove from the sway bar.
Figure 5

After removing the bracket from the swaybar bushing spread the bushing apart and remove from the sway bar. Once you have done this on both side of the car you can easily pull the swaybar out from either side. Installation is the reverse of the removal steps. Wrap swaybar bushing around swaybar and install bracket over it. Position bracket into slot of sub-frame and tighten mounting fasteners.

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