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Old 03-19-2013, 06:36 AM   #181
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What type of grease did you use?
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:05 PM   #182
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just regular old white lithium grease, but this is off the hotchkis website


Q) I have a squeak coming from one of my sway bars? What can it be?
Answer: Urethane bushings often make noise when the temperature is cold or they are not adequately greased. Try greasing the sway bar bushings with any non-lithium based moly grease. A Special silicon grease for polyurethane can be purchased from Hotchkis. Item 3101.
Q) Are solid sway bars stronger than hollow sway bars?
Answer: No. Sway bars work off of torsional force (twisting motion). Therefore, the material in the center of a solid bar plays little role in the resistance of torsional force. With this in mind, we have eliminated some of the center material and also moved some to the outside of the tube, where it is most effective. In turn, this produces a sway bar that is lighter in weight and just as stiff, if not stiffer than solid. For example, a 1'3/8" hollow bar is equivalent to a 1'1/4" solid. But the 1'3/8" hollow bar is 6% stiffer and 43% lighter than the 1'1/4" solid. Interested in finding out more about Hollow Sway Bars?
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Old 05-25-2015, 12:24 AM   #183
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I ran into an issue installing the rear bar. One of the endlinks will not adjust IE it will not unscrew...the other once is really easy. Has anyone else run into that issue?
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:38 PM   #184
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I had to put the endlink in my table vice and use an 11/16 wrench to unscrewed it. Once it was fully taken apart I used some PB baster to clean it up(there seemed to be some dirt in the threads). After re-threading it a few times I was able to put it back together. The rear is now on the car

ZHP Mods: JB Lightweight fly wheel (10.5 pounds), Koni FSD ProKit, Supreme Power Drop Hats, Hotchkis front(30.2mm)/rear(25.4mm) sway bars, Sprint Booster, AFE Stage 1 Intake, Morimoto EvoX-R Headlights, Orion V4 Angel Eyes, Satin Black 18x9 ET42 APEX ARC-8 Wheel

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