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Rear Stabilizer Bar and Links Replacement
 
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Rear Stabilizer Bar and Links Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$15 to $400

Talent:

**

Tools:

16mm wrench, 6mm, 10mm 12 point

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2004-06)
VW Golf GTI VR6 (2004-05)
VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

Stabilizer bar, bushing and link

Hot Tip:

Inspect the links the next time you raise your car

Performance Gain:

Tighter handling

Complementary Modification:

Replace sway bar bushings

The rear stabilizer and sway bar links (sometimes referred to as drop links) on the Volkswagen GTI MkV connect the vehicle stabilizer bar (or sway bar) to the trailing arms and rear bearing carriers. Over time, the connecting link wears out and gets play in the ends. When they begin to fail, you may have a knocking noise when driving over bumps. If you suspect your stabilizer link is going bad, jack up the rear of the vehicle and wiggle the wheel back and forth. While wiggling the wheel, listen for a noise from the link. If no noise is heard, place your hand around the ends of the link and monitor for looseness as you wiggle the wheel.

Begin by safely raising and supporting the vehicle. Please see our article on jacking up and supporting your GTI MkV. Remove the rear tires. The stabilizer bar is not under stress or pressure so you do not need to worry about things moving with the links off. Do always wear safety glasses anytime you work under your vehicle.

The rear drop link attaches to the stabilizer bar behind and below the trailing arm (red arrow) and attaches to the wheel bearing carrier at the top of the trailing arm (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

The rear drop link attaches to the stabilizer bar behind and below the trailing arm (red arrow) and attaches to the wheel bearing carrier at the top of the trailing arm (yellow arrow).

To disconnect the link from the bearing carrier and trailing arm insert a 6mm 12 point into the link (red arrow) and use a 16mm wrench to loosen the nut (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

To disconnect the link from the bearing carrier and trailing arm insert a 6mm 12 point into the link (red arrow) and use a 16mm wrench to loosen the nut (yellow arrow). There is not enough room between the caliper and link to get a 12 point and ratchet but you will not need a lot of force on the 12 point (just enough to keep it from turning) so you can hold the bit with a set of pliers.

This photo illustrates where the link connects to the lower section of the stabilizer bar (red arrow) and the upper section of the trailing arm (yellow arrow).
Figure 3

This photo illustrates where the link connects to the lower section of the stabilizer bar (red arrow) and the upper section of the trailing arm (yellow arrow). If you are changing out the bushings you do not need to disconnect where it connects to the trailing arm.

Use a 6mm 12 point (red arrow) and a 16mm wrench (yellow arrow) and remove the nut on the lower link.
Figure 4

Use a 6mm 12 point (red arrow) and a 16mm wrench (yellow arrow) and remove the nut on the lower link.

You may have to slightly lift the rear trailing arm to support the weight of the assembly to separate the link from the stabilizer bar (red arrow).
Figure 5

You may have to slightly lift the rear trailing arm to support the weight of the assembly to separate the link from the stabilizer bar (red arrow).

Next use a 10mm 12 point and loosen and remove the two bolts holding the sway bar bracket to the frame (red arrows).
Figure 6

Next use a 10mm 12 point and loosen and remove the two bolts holding the sway bar bracket to the frame (red arrows).

With everything removed from both sides you can remove the bar from the vehicle (red arrow).
Figure 7

With everything removed from both sides you can remove the bar from the vehicle (red arrow). Inspect it for any damage. If the bar is cracked or split in any manner do not reuse it. Now is a good time to fix any paint chips or surface rust.

The bushings are split (red arrow).
Figure 8

The bushings are split (red arrow). Remove the bracket and bushings from the bar. If you are installing new or aftermarket make sure to use the appropriate lubricant; some lubricants do not mix well with some polymers and can actually damage your new bushings. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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