NTPOG 5th Gen Anti-Sway Bar Installation

Author: William Howell
 


Rear anti-sway bar
Jack up the rear end of the car by the center tow hook and then place jack stands under the body in front of the rear wheels, buy the factory spare tire jack locations. Don't forget to chock the front wheels and put the transmission into gear (manual trans). Once you get the car jacked up and the wheels removed, it should look something like this:

If you look inside of the rear fender wells, you will see the upper mounting point for the endlinks. It looks something like this:

You will have to use a ratchet with a really long extension, or a combination of extensions to break torque on this nut (circled in yellow). You can break the torque with the ratchet inside of the fender, but it is easier if you can get extensions so that the ratchet is outside of the fender. Once you have removed both nuts, lay the endlinks towards the front of the car.

I have a GReddy Power Extreme exhaust, and it was not necessary for me to remove the muffler in order to remove the rear bar. With a stock exhaust you shouldn't have to remove the muffler, either. In any case, removing the muffler will ease the removal of the stock sway bar (and installation of the new sway bar), however.

The sway bar mount on the driver's side of the vehicle faces the front and consequently, you cannot easily access the bushing bracket bolts. Sorry, I don't have a picture of this bracket. To remove this bracket, first you will have to remove the bracket that holds the bushing bracket to the car. Now, while a friend is holding the sway bar, remove the bracket on the driver's side, and remove the passenger's side bracket. If you didn't remove the muffler, you will have to move the bar around to get it to come out. It takes some time, so don't get too frustrated if you can't get it out on the first try.

You should have the stock bar with the bushing bracket on the driver's side and the endlinks on both ends. Transfer the endlinks to the new sway bar, but don't torque them yet.  Also, using the new polyurethane bushing and new bracket, install the bushing on the driver's side of the sway bar. It should look like this:

Installation of the new bar is reverse of removal of the old bar. Make sure you torque everything to spec.  Make a final inspection, check all clearances, and double check all of the bolts that were removed/reinstalled.

Congratulations!! You now have a set of aftermarket sway bars on your Prelude!

Don't forget to move the wheel chocks before you drive off!



This page last updated 4/3/01.