How to change those worn sway bar bushes

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1.Do your sway bar bushes look like the ones in the picture ?

Note how the bushes are starting to crack and fail, soon corning control will be effected. Here we are seeing a rear sway bar on an 80's IROC, but other years front or rear are very simular.

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2. Bushes can be purchased as a kit with the drop links, or on there own. Pictured are some generic bushes that fits most Holdens and Chevrolets, cost is about $20.00. These are Nolathane, which are tougher than the standard rubber ones, give the car better handling characteristics .This pack will do either front or back , one pack should contain 8 bushes required to do both sides

3. Safety first - ensure which ever end you're going to work on is raised and cannot fall on you. Important that you keep the axle even so that no twisting pressure is applied to sway bar otherwise it will be difficult to remove drop links and bushes

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4. Remove nut from each drop link, will usually find nut is a " Nylok " therefore quite tight until completely off, good idea to change once used . Often find that you will have to use a second spanner on other end of drop link to stop whole link from rotating while undoing nut ( bendy hands come in quite handy to ) Working on each side you will find that bar wants to remain even , therefore when all nuts ( from both sides ) are removed the drop links will come away and bar will hang down.
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5. Once dissembled, inspect drop links for signs of wear, often seen as a " thinning " of bar where one of the bushes was, if this is the case with yours, perhaps invest in a kit with new drop links included.
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6. Pre - assemble new bushes with new or used drop links to ensure for correct fit while off car, saving a lot of swearing later.
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7. After checking all parts are correct and another cup of coffee you are ready to put back your car together again. To do this reverse procedure.
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8. Once both drop links complete with new bushes are installed tighten each drop link. To avoid aggravation and screaming, its better to alternate form side to side so sway bar does not become under tension. Once both sides tightened until thread has run out or drop link, or until bushes just start to swell. Bushes do not need to have the living daylights squeezed out of them, this will only lead to early failure and having to do the whole job again soon.
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9. Job done, you're ready to start enjoying good corning again.