How-To: Install Belltech Front/Rear swaybars
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How To Install Belltech front and rear anti-sway bars on a Z85
Belltech already provides instructions but I figured this how to would highlight and explain some things a little better plus have MOAR PIKTARZ. This how-to will walk you through the parts needed, tools needed, costs, and steps for installing swaybars. The purpose for installing or upgrading anti-sway bars is to improve handling by reducing body roll in turns. You can learn more about sway bars and how they work HERE and HERE.
Easy to Advanced depending on path taken.
Socket or TQ wrench
1/4" and 10mm sockets
Stock tire removal tool or 19mm Socket
1/2" and 3/4" drill bit for steel with a GOOD drill
3 hours or less
Belltech F/R sway bar kit - $330 from SS COLLY
Front Swaybar Removal
Front Swaybar Install
Rear Swaybar Install
Body, text and pics
Front and Rear sway bars after they were delivered:
Stock Front Anti-Sway Bar Removal
I set the bar out with the end-links I intended to install with it but I ended up not using them.
So let's start by removing the stock front sway bar. I lifted the truck using the stock jack points and sliding lift stands under the frame for safety. Once the truck was in the air I took off the front wheels to provide easier access to the end-links. To remove the endlinks I used a 1/4" socket and an adjustable wrench to hold the nut and socket to turn the bolt. You can see in the picture below:
You can remove the bottom or top part of the link first, doesn't really matter. However, I found it easier to detach the link from the control arm and once the entire swaybar was out remove the link from the bar. I detached the bottom first on both sides.
Once the bottom of the endlink was detached I began removing the frame mounts for the sway bar using a 10mm socket. When I got to where the bolts were almost completely out, I had a buddy help hold the swaybar up while I removed them completely. Don't want the bar falling on your face, OUCH!
Front Sway Bar Install
To start the install of the Front Belltech Swaybar I lined up the stock sway and the Belltech sway to see where the bushing should go without having to get under the truck. I applied the provided grease liberally to the inside of the bushings and then slipped the bushings over the Swaybar as close to the intended locations as possible and then slipped the metal bracket over them. Don't mind the glove, I was using it to take pictures and not get dirt/grime on it and then forgot to take it off lol.
At this point I had already removed the endlinks from the stock swaybar and put them on the Belltech. I used the same method with socket and adj wrench to remove and install them on the new swaybar.
From there I slid under the truck with the bar and reversed the steps of the stock swaybar removal. My buddy held the bar while I started lining up the bushings and then started the bolts on the frame. Once the bolts were on but not tightened down completely we re-installed the endlinks and then tightened the bolts down completely on the bushings.
Rear Anti-sway bar install
To start the install of the rear swaybar grab your parts and start putting the swaybar endlinks on.
The order of install is bolt -> cap -> bushing -> swaybar end -> bushing -> cap -> short or long spacer -> cap -> bushing -> bracket -> bushing -> cap -> nut.
As a note the long spacer was too long and I had to use the short spacer which fit perfectly. Once you have it all together tighten it just tight enough to stay together.
Now we need to begin attaching the bar to the axle. If you have a Z85 you can just place your u-bolts where needed with the flat piece facing the rear. Make sure to grease your bushings, slide them over the bar, and then begin to attach the bushing brackets to the ubolts. Don't forget your shim/plate that goes between the ubolt and the bushing! Make sure that the swaybar dip/curve is facing downward with the links sticking out upward as seen below.
Just a note that the short side of the brackets is what attaches to the frame. Now that we have the endlinks/brackets attached to the swaybar and the swaybar loosely attached to the axle we can shift around the ubolt brackets if need be to get the bar better centered. Once you have the bar centered you will need to push it up and mark where the brackets are going to attach on the frame.
After marking where the brackets will need to go on the frame remove them from the endlinks. From here there are two paths you can take: bolt them on or weld them on. If you are going to bolt them on this is where you will need a 1/2" and a 3/4" drill bit for the frame.
I decided to have a buddy weld them on for me so after marking where they will go we ground down the edges of the brackets and the outlines for where they will be mounted on the frame.
After grinding everything down it was time to get welding!
After my buddy finished welding up the brackets we let them sit for a bit because they will be HOT. After letting them sit for about ten minutes and enjoying a beverage we bolted the endlinks on to the brackets (which were still pretty warm). Once we had the endlinks installed on the brackets we tightened them down and then tightened down the bushings/ubolts.
Now we take her out for a drive and enjoy your new found handling!
Re: How-To: Install Belltech Front/Rear swaybars
Nice job Justin!
Re: How-To: Install Belltech Front/Rear swaybars
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