Saturday, 2 March 2013

An afternoon of progress - Replacing rear sway bar bushings

Today I tackled the job of replacing the rear sway bushes. I thought they would be harder to replace than the front, but as it turns out, this was dead easy.

Let's get started!

Jack up the car and remove the wheel

 Remove the bolts that hold the bracket with a 13mm socket

There's the old worn bushing

Here's what we're replacing it with. A new polyurethane unit from Ake at Hedgehog Tuning and Motorsports.

Spray a little lithium grease on the swaybar

Slide the new bushing over the bar and into place. Affix the bracket, tighten the bolts again and you're done.

Repeat for the other side.
All this should take you no more than 10 minutes per corner. When you're done, take a well deserved break!

I had some time up my sleeve to I decided to do a bit of metal polishing.

Sorry about the ugly reflection :(

So, now I'm just waiting for the front bushings and I'm done!


  1. Hey, I was just wondering what you used to polish the chrome grill surround?
    Thanks Jason

  2. Hey Jason, I use Chemical Guys Metal Shine. This was the first time I've used it and it looks like it only removed oxidisation on metals. It doesn't remove swirls and fine scratches. I guess that's why it's called Metal Shine and not Polish.

  3. The Chemical Guys products look good. I normally use Auto Glym but might order some of there products this time. The price is a bit cheaper the Auto Glym but it looks like they still do a great job.

    1. They do a great job on the car. I'm very happy with it.
      I was convinced on Chemical Guys after seeing that they have a YouTube video on nearly every product they sell. It helps to know which product to use in which situation.
      This video was one of the most helpful on choosing the right car shampoo:

  4. what made you decided change your sway bushes?I own a 190e and like your blog and story about George :-)

    1. Thanks for your compliments :)
      I was under the car one day and saw that the old bushes were soft, cracked and faded. I thought it was a good time to change them out and hoped it would held with the handling of the car. I haven't noticed a change, but I have only replaced the rear bushes so far. I'm still waiting for the front ones to arrive in the mail.