VIDEO: Ford Mustang Accessories -- Hellwig Sway Bar Upgrade
One of the best ways to make your Ford Mustang handle better is to install a Hellwig sway bar upgrade. Accessories are normally things that, when installed, add to the looks of your car. A sway bar isn't one of these. It's a part that keeps your car's body from rolling or leaning when cornering hard. This article will list the tools you'll need to gather and the steps you'll need to follow to install your new front and rear Hellwig sway bar kits.
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Wheel blocks
- Sockets-15 millimeter deep and shallow & 9/16 shallow
- Wrenches-11/16, 9/16, 5/8 & 8, 15 & 18 millimeter
- Gloves (optional)
Step 1: Jack Up and Secure the Vehicle
Slide the jack under the front `K' member and lift. Slide the jack stands under the control arms and carefully lower it onto them.
Step 2: Remove the Factory Sway Bar
On one side, use the 8 millimeter wrench to hold the post on the end link and use the 18 millimeter to remove the bolts. Use the 15 millimeter deep socket to remove the bolts that hold the frame mounts. Pull the sway bar out.
Step 3: Install the New Sway Bar Bushings
Lubricate the bushings with the supplied lubricant. Line up the sway bars and place the bushings in the corresponding locations. Mount the collar clamps inside the frame bushings. Don't tighten this down yet.
Step 4: Install the New Sway Bar
Lift the bar in place under the car. Install the new end links in the middle holes. Tighten all the bolts. Now tighten the collar nut with the supplied allen wrench.
Step 5: Lower the Front and Raise the Rear
Lift the jack and remove the stands. Lower the jack. Place the jack under the differential and lift. Place the stands under the axle housing and carefully lower.
Step 6: Remove the Old Sway Bar
Use the 15 millimeter socket to remove the 2 end link nuts on both sides and the lower mount nuts. Remove the sway bar.
Step 7: Install Bushings on New Sway Bar
Match up the 2 sway bars and place the new bushings on the new bar. You may need a hammer and/or a vise. Use a 9/16 socket and wrench to tighten the main mounts.
Step 8: Install the New Sway Bar
Lift the new sway bar into place and install the mounts and brackets. Use the middle end link holes. Use the 15 millimeter socket to tighten all of the bolts.
Step 9: Lower the Vehicle and Test Drive
Lift the car off the jack stands and remove them. Lower the jack. Take the car out and test drive it. If the ride is too soft, move the end links to the forward-most hole. If it's too hard, move to the rear-most hole.
This article has listed the 9 steps required to replace both front and rear sway bars and replace them with performance Hellwig aftermarket bars.