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Anyone replace swaybar bushings yet?

I need to replace my front sway bar bushings for sure, but I will do rears too. I know my jeep is simple for this, but the RAVs seems to be a bit more hidden. Looks like just need to drop the plastic under tray. Anyone done this?

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Haven't done it but took a look. They are behind the lower control (A) arms so the tray doesn't need to come off. Looks like they are mounted on a removable plate. Should be easy job.
Why do they need replaced?

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I am also wondering why yours need to be replaced. There does not appear to be upgrade aftermarket bushings with a higher durometer rating for the RAV's unusual design. Have you seen the bushings? They look more like a Heim joint design than a traditional bushing. Are you replacing them with OEM parts?

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I am also wondering why yours need to be replaced. There does not appear to be upgrade aftermarket bushings with a higher durometer rating for the RAV's unusual design. Have you seen the bushings? They look more like a Heim joint design than a traditional bushing. Are you replacing them with OEM parts?
He's probably talking about the rubber bushings on the bar itself not the links & rods on the ends of the bars.
I fixed a noise in the bars of my 1999 F-250 by removing the bushings and inserting shim strips behind them to tighten them up.
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Yeah, I'm referring to the rubber bushings. I can hear the jiggling of the front swaybar when I drive down our poorly maintained dirt road. I bought the car used, but the previous owner used it 'offroad' as well. Most people would not need to replace theirs on a RAV at 90K miles, but mine have been a bit abused I haven't even looked at them, but I'm going to replace them with Toyota OE. I'm not of fan of poly bushings.

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They are quite easy to install. If you want to do a once in a life time bushing change. Use polyurethane bushing from Energy Suspension. you can get them at any Pepe Boys, NAPA, Auto Zone etc. They are cheap, and last a life time. In RED, they look cool. BTW, they come with a jelly, use it, you'll never here the squick.


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Yeah, I'm referring to the rubber bushings. I can hear the jiggling of the front swaybar when I drive down our poorly maintained dirt road.
Check your shocks too. I had to replace one on our '06. It would actually bang on bumps. Any sign of fluid leakage is a clue.

The clue to the bushing on my '99 F-250 was driving at low speed over an uneven surface which flexed one side up and the other down. Over the hump at the end of my driveway at an angle always made a thump - thump. Shimming the bushings (with a section of flattened copper pipe!) and greasing the bar fixed it.
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I replaced the front bushings this evening. Its about a 20 min job - very simple. It fixed the noise problem and restored my handling. I did have to remove the rear (smaller) undertray so the swaybar could drop down a bit further. I needed to cleanup the mount points. They were both worn pretty bad. I will replace the rears this weekend when I have more time. FYI, about $30 ea/front and $13ea/rear from my local dealership (yeah, I know I may be able to get them cheaper online).

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arries, what condition were your old swaybar bushings in? Were they noticeably worn, deformed, or what?
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The inside of the bushing where it meets the bar was chewed up. It is not really visible. You couldn't look at the bushing and tell that it was bad. However, that missing material creates excessive movement and slop. The right (passenger) side was worse then the other - don't know why. When you consider how much work a swaybar bushing does, it is a wonder they last as long as they do.

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