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Replacing Your Front Sway Bar Bushings
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Front Sway Bar Bushings

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$5

Talent:

**

Tools:

13mm, 16mm socket, small extension

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI (1999-00)
VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2002-05)
VW Golf GTI 20th Anniversary (2003)
VW Golf GTI 337 (2002)
VW Golf GTI GLS (2001)
VW Golf GTI GLX (2000-01)
VW Golf GTI VR6 (2002-05)

Parts Required:

New stabilizer or sway bar bushings

Hot Tip:

Clean and paint the bar

Performance Gain:

Better handling
This photo illustrates the drop link that attaches the sway bar (red arrow) to the control arm (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

This photo illustrates the drop link that attaches the sway bar (red arrow) to the control arm (yellow arrow). You will need to disconnect the drop link from the sway bar using a 16mm socket.

The sway bar bushing and bracket is held in place by a 13mm bolts (red arrow).
Figure 2

The sway bar bushing and bracket is held in place by a 13mm bolts (red arrow).

Use a 13mm socket, small extension and remove the bolt (red arrow).
Figure 3

Use a 13mm socket, small extension and remove the bolt (red arrow).

With the bolt removed pivot the bracket towards the rear of the car (red arrow) and then pull the tab end (yellow arrow) up and out.
Figure 4

With the bolt removed pivot the bracket towards the rear of the car (red arrow) and then pull the tab end (yellow arrow) up and out.

Clean and inspect the bracket (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

Clean and inspect the bracket (yellow arrow). Check your bushing for wear and tear. If the bushing was making noise sometimes it can be just a piece of dirt that got between the bushing and the bar and cleaning it might fix the problem. New bushings are not expensive so I recommend replacing them. Install the new bushing. The factory bushings are rubber and you should not use any lubricant on them what so ever. Lubricants, including Vaseline will cause the rubber to break down prematurely. If you want to completely remove the sway bar you will need to lower the sub frame. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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