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Old 03-17-2014, 08:29 AM   #1
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1LE Sway Bars - Installed-Ish

After asking a question about putting these in my SS, I went ahead and got them from Gen5DIY. Arrived well packaged and mildy used (as advertised). I decided to start with the rear since it appeared to be easier. I was able to install on jack stands in less than an hour, had the bolts torqued and went for a drive. It was an immediate difference. I had my brother drive it as well, and he has only driven it a hand full of times and he noticed as well. Aggressive cornering has become far more stable and less roll over. I have hesitation with the front since it seems like I have to lift the engine of the mount a few inches. Is this correct. I only have 2500 miles on her and am nervous about messing with that so early. Let me know your thoughts.

I would highly recommend a sway bar swap as first suspension mod for standard SS, very happy. Here is the difference between stock SS and 1LE

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Old 03-17-2014, 08:39 AM   #2
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Its just 2 nuts that you loosen and then raise the engine slightly which will save you a ton of cursing. If you can turn a wrench you can do it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:03 AM   #3
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Its just 2 nuts that you loosen and then raise the engine slightly which will save you a ton of cursing. If you can turn a wrench you can do it.
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My son and I spent 2hrs trying to install the front bar and just couldn't make it happen without prying on things I wasn't comfortable prying on. Lifted the engine a couple inches and they were installed 30min later. This method was recommended by Pfadt as well.

What I did was, on my jack, I put a section of 2X4 across the oil pan, making sure to hit both edges of the pan so the stress would be on vertical sides of the pan. loosen the bottom nuts of the engine mounts almost to the point of coming off. Then nuts are staring you in the face when you're under the car. Then jack the engine up till you have enough clearance. You only need a inch or two, then the bar goes in like butter.
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:36 PM   #4
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Awesome, Ill try the front as soon as I can then. I appreciate the info.
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:43 PM   #5
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+1 to the above. I made the mistake of attaching the end links before trying to snake the bar through which made things a bit more challenging, but they eventually made their way through.
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:14 PM   #6
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The fun part is installing the front, took two of us 6 hours
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