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Greasable Bushing install (pictorial)

So, because the stock front sway bar bushings tend to squeak if you drive in cold weather, and when exposed to salt from the roads, I thought I should do something about it. While you can get greasable bushings in the right size for the Sly Redline/Solstice GXP, you can't get them with the grease fittings in the caps. So I figured I would do it myself. The following is a tutorial on how.

First you need the right tools and parts. In this case a 1/8" drill bit, a #7 drill bit, Drill, Appropriate tap, loctite (I used red for strength), Zerk fittings with a short thread, and the right bushings. I got mine from Summit Raceing for only $15.99.




First, the originals must come off. You can see where I greased them about a month ago.


Remove the cap with a 13mm socket. Then remove the old rubber bushing at the split.


Punch the cap to keep the drill from roaming. Make sure you are dead center to align with the internal grease groove.


You can see the dimple here.


Drill first with a small drill, it is much easier.


Then the #7 drill.


Align the bottom of the bushing with the metal cap.


Drill the bushing through the cap.


Note the alignment with the hole and the grease groove.

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Chamfore the hole so the grease fitting will center itself.


Tap the hole with the 1/4" tap.


Completed threaded hole.


Use a little loctite to ensure the Zerk fitting stays put.


It only takes a drop on the threads.


Install.



Note how it protrudes? No worries, the bushing is plenty thick enough.


Install the bushing and check alignment. I purposely drilled offset to make greasing the nipple on the car easier.


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Plenty of clearance.



Install the bushing on the sway bar. Make sure you orient the bushing so the hole is in the right spot with the cap.


Complete the install.


Add grease. Note that I did not add grease to the inside of the bushing before install. You can if you like, but it will be messier.


You can see here that the grease will squeeze out as you pump it through the Zerk fitting.



All done. It took about 45 minutes start to finish, longer to do this tutorial.

There is no squeaking, and it might even handle slightly better.

Hope you found this interesting.

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Jim,
Great post and very well done.
I am going to put the old caps back on all 4.
I like them better. I'll repaint them 1st black.
I do not like the slots in the new caps.
All bushings installed see below.
Good winter job to regrease.
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Moderators, cornsidering the number of times that the squeak question shows up on this forum every year, could yall please make this thread a sticky?.....Skip.....

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Great job

I am just to old and lazy, Energy sells and kit that come with the work done, grease fitting and cap. I also bought their grease for their bushings. undue 8 bolts front and rear, change bushings and grease. Your job does look better with the factory cap. GREAT JOB

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I am just to old and lazy, Energy sells and kit that come with the work done, grease fitting and cap. I also bought their grease for their bushings. undue 8 bolts, change bushings and grease. Your job does look better with the factory cap. GRAT JOD
Thanks!

By the way, it is 4 bolts, and the kit they sall is not a direct bolt in replacement. It offsets the bushing 1/4". Probably not an issue, but some think it might be.

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what did you use for lube when you did it the first time, before this mod? had it begun squeaking again after a month?
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what did you use for lube when you did it the first time, before this mod? had it begun squeaking again after a month?
Same as in the photo above.

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There appears to be a discrepency in part numbers...which part is for our car...I was on EBAY and this is the part number which they state is for our cars...4.5160...here is the link...

Energy Suspension Greasable Sway Bar Bushing 9-5160R - eBay (item 330528103580 end time Mar-09-11 01:27:43 PST)

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Summit Confusion

I don't know if all the Kappas are the same but mine is the same as JimVonaden's which is Summit part # 4.5193R and they are 32mm dia I think, compared to these 24mm dia.
Still even more confusion when looking at the Summit site, but I'm pretty sure these are NOT for our cars.

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I don't know if all the Kappas are the same but mine is the same as JimVonaden's which is Summit part # 4.5193R and they are 32mm dia I think, compared to these 24mm dia.
Still even more confusion when looking at the Summit site, but I'm pretty sure these are NOT for our cars.
The site is a bit misleading in that the NA and the GXP/RL can't possibly be the same part number due to the different size of bars.

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I just install on my 08 redline.
34mm 4.5193R Front
27mm 9.5162R Rear
Luke lube red grease
Fit like a glove.
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HELP! HELP! HELP! which do we use?
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Mic out your bars like I did.
Like MMike states no big deal.
Read this.

https://www.skyroadster.com/forums/f2...e-cause-37529/

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