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Author Topic: tips for installing the RB front swaybar and brace kit  (Read 2568 times)
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mprhead5
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« on: March 11, 2007, 01:01:22 AM »

First of all THE RACING BEAT CROSSMEMBER WILL NOT FIT A MSM due to the location of the charge pipe



the whole install is plagued by that damn charge pipe. It is necessary to remove the chargepipe from its mounting point which requires the removal of the small crossmember that goes below the  radiator. It also helps to disconnect the throttle body elbow from the throttle body.

Removal of the stock bar  is fairly strait forward however there are some pains on the install. First of all when placing the new RB sway into place you must make sure it is oriented with the mount holes up or there will be contact with the upper A-arm. Slide the bar out the passenger side wheel well then on the drivers side you will have to force it around the P/S line. You can get it around the coolant line to the radiator by releasing the hose from its clamp to allow enough room.  Once the bar is in place  the pain is not yet over. The front passenger side bolt is blocked by the charge pipe so a ratcheting wrench will save your life here as otherwise you will be forced to tighten it 3" a quarter turn at a time.

If you are installing the blocks you will need to keep the nuts screwed down to avoid them contacting the blocks until the Main sway bar bolts are completely tight.

Due the the larger size of the bar and the way the charge pipe bends around it installation of the racing beat swaybar crossmember is impossible
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