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Old 04-12-2010, 09:23 AM
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Swaping sways & springs myself...

I'm swapping out my WK front & rear sway bars and springs for SRT ones. Is there anything I should know before hand? Any special tools in particular I should have?

I read Scotts thread on WK spring install and I'm pretty confident I can do it myself.

http://jeepgarage.org/showthread.php?t=793

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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

torque wrench.
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18MM sockets wrenchs.
i didnt do my front ones, you MOST LIKELY need a spring compressor????
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:51 AM
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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

Also are the springs mounted with the flat end to the bottom or top?


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Old 04-12-2010, 09:53 AM
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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

Is this what you're talking about Rob???

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Old 04-12-2010, 10:04 AM
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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

watch out with those spring compressors Nate, if you don't know what ur doing u might kinda hurt urself

also Scott told me that the front is a whole knee assemply that has to be removed ... rear ones should be cake
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:07 AM
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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

I think you can rent those spring compressors at the local auto store.

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Don't fawk it up!

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Old 04-12-2010, 10:08 AM
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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

also one more thing are you changing out ur shocks too ?

This is a good time to do that since ur gonna take out the strut assembly upfront to gain access to the springs ...

while ur at it get the struts and strut mount so you wont have to go through that pain again
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:16 AM
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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

Shouldn't you be changing them anyways (when you switch springs)...?
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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

well yes you should be but some people don't and then their shocks start leaking and busting ...

given the fact that we're talking about Nate here figured should add that he needs to change his shocks too LOL j/k

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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

aiight so that picture of the tool posted, not a spring compressor, its a pitman arm puller...

1) you dont need a spring compressor, a little muscle will be fine.I actually brought mine into a shop thinking i would need one to remove them. THey laughed when they just took a wrench and unscrewed it. The front springs arent compressed that much

2) You dont need that pitman arm puller but it saves a bunch of time. you only use it on the front, but it helps a lot. There is a suspension thread in the how to's. I followed it and it didnt lead me wrong at all

3) if you have air tools ... ie an impact wrench... use that bitch because its gets tiring.

4) it helps to have 2 guys doing it, if you can get a buddy

5) Watch out for bolts, your wk is an 09 i think so it shouldnt be too bad, I snapped my rear sway bar bolts right in half. Had to drill them out and put in grade 8 bolts and nuts from the hardware store..

6) good luck have fun, ask questions, its a fun mod and you really feel acomplished when you take a look at it when youre done.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:26 AM
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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

Damn so I guess I should wait till I get Bilsteins and do them all at once then...
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Re: Swaping sways & springs myself...

^^^^^unless you want to take it all apart 2x
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