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Old 07-18-2009, 01:29 AM
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Hotchkis urethane front sway bar bushings free to a good (02-03) home

Okay, Hotchkis includes two sets of front sway bar bushings with their performance rear sway bar kit: one for 04+ and one for 2002-03. I used the 04+ front bushings, so I have a set of brand new 02-03 front bushings that I can send free to a good Canadian home.

The stock rubber bushings do a good job, but if yours are truly on their last legs and you can't afford the few bucks to get new ones, PM me and I send them free to the most deserving home.

I am speculating here but I don't think they are doing the slightest bit of good sitting on the floor of my garage. (I am thinking the garage DOES seem to corner a lot flatter than normal though ...)

Please check the Hotchkis installation instructions to be SURE these bushings will fit your front bar:http://www.hotchkis.net/_uploaded_fi...634894file.pdf

It is an easy install. Jack the truck and support on jack stands, unbolt two bolts on each side, slide the bushings out and around the corner of the sway bar and pry off. Use a good silicone grease and grease the new bushings, slip the bushings on the bracket with the slices FORWARD, hammer the brackets with a couple of quick blows to seat the bushings and slide them back in position. Bolt them back up and torque to 41 foot-pounds.
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:02 AM
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That is very nice of you. There were, IIRC, two sizes of sway bars on the '02-'03. I know mine is the 1.81". Do you know what size the extras that you have are?
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:08 AM
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Okay, Hotchkis includes two sets of front sway bar bushings with their performance rear sway bar kit: one for 04+ and one for 2002-03. I used the 04+ front bushings, so I have a set of brand new 02-03 front bushings that I can send free to a good Canadian home.

The stock rubber bushings do a good job, but if yours are truly on their last legs and you can't afford the few bucks to get new ones, PM me and I send them free to the most deserving home.

I am speculating here but I don't think they are doing the slightest bit of good sitting on the floor of my garage. (I am thinking the garage DOES seem to corner a lot flatter than normal though ...)

Please check the Hotchkis installation instructions to be SURE these bushings will fit your front bar:http://www.hotchkis.net/_uploaded_fi...634894file.pdf

It is an easy install. Jack the truck and support on jack stands, unbolt two bolts on each side, slide the bushings out and around the corner of the sway bar and pry off. Use a good silicone grease and grease the new bushings, slip the bushings on the bracket with the slices FORWARD, hammer the brackets with a couple of quick blows to seat the bushings and slide them back in position. Bolt them back up and torque to 41 foot-pounds.
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:20 PM
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Wooluf, I could measure them but the bushings ID is not the same as the bar OD, for some reason. All I know is that they are larger than the 04+ bushings. Check the Hotchkis link or read the many postings in here.

Plus, I was going to send them to a good Canadian home; sorry. Nothing against you, it's just if I am going to send them for free on my dime and I don't know anything about cross-border documentation.

We lost another Canadian soldier in Afghanistan yesterday - as did the U.S. too - but this is now way over a hundred Canadian soldiers who have died in Afghanistan doing what they thought was right for their country in the last three years.

This may not be much, but this is just another way I can 'pass something on' to fellow Canadians in memory of those who go willingly into war zones, knowing they may come home in a box.

Maybe if every one of us in Canada, the U.S., Britain, Germany and all the other countries who have lost soldiers in the Middle East did one small little thing for a fellow countryman to 'pay it forward,' we will help to make sure they are never forgotten.

I watched the repatriation ceremony at CFB Trenton last week, and then the procession up Highway 401 from CFB Trenton to Toronto. Two of the coffin-bearers were struggling under the weight of their compatriot because they had lost legs in Afghanistan but they still turned out to do what they could. Thousands and thousands of people silently lined the 401 and stood ten deep on every overpass as the procession passed. (This stretch of highway has not been officially renamed the "Highway of Heroes.")

Maybe it's just a couple of bushings but I want them to go to a good home.

Or maybe I am just getting sentimental in my old age.
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:42 PM
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The Hotchkis are 42 mm bushings, my stock bushings were 42.5 mm. Your 1.81 inches would be 45.9 mm.....but may be what they're labeled, I'd be willing to get the bar is 41.5 or 43 mm in diameter. (You may want to check the bar size again). For some unknown reason, GM lists the bushing at 1.81 inches, but nearly all 02/03 models actually have 42.5mm bars with a few with the 41.5.

The later year bars are smaller at around 34-ish mm in size, to allow it to pass through the frame rail as opposed to below it. (02/03 bars bolt below the frame, 04+ pass through it).
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What a nice thing you are doing! Just another reason why this is the BEST forum on the web! I agree, too many of our selfless men and women have fallen so we can enjoy life in a free society!
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damn I would take these.. but im not in Americas Hat
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I understand. I wasn't looking for the freebie. Just figured some one was going to ask. I believe the bushing hole is smaller so there is no slop when it is bolted in.
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Funny thing is that the bushings are stamped "44 mm." Oh well, they should fit any 02-03.

Blazernut gets the bushings because he had the best sob story. Apparently, he had to serve his Porsche mechanic 24-year-old Scotch because his French maid drank all his 30-year-old. I think that deserves the last brownie! Oh, the humanity!

While on the topic of Scotch, we were having a discussion at the beer tent at the Fringe Festival tonight. One of my friends admitted that he poured 4-year-old Scotch into a single-malt 24-year-old bottle and served it to his friends.

I told him that I liked to pour 24-year-old Scotch into a 4-year-old bottle.

This way, I always get to drink the good stuff and all my friends leave early, preserving my best Scotch for myself.
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Put the 24 year old in the 4 year old bottle. The 4 year old in the 24 year old bottle. Then serve from the 24 bottle, you get to keep the good stuff and you still look like Daddy Warbucks for serving 24 year old scotch.
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