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:) FINALLY,had the rear swaybar and front bushings installed,have only drove home to rush to computer to post pics but did allready feel the difference.I LIKE THIS,smilley face inserted.
 

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Hey iqforyou,

Congrats on the Sway Bar.

Now drive it, and drive it a lot, it will take a little getting used to it, then once you feel you are comfortable and can rely on it it just gets better.
 

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On my list of things to do. Very nice.
 

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New iQ owner. Mine had the swaybar already installed when I picked it up. Looks identical to your photos. How do I tell if they installed the front bushings? I'm assuming you are referring to the front suspension and not the forward part of the rear suspension? Would like to be able to identify the front bushings. Were they part of the swaybar package? Thanks.
 

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hey there RJG,yes they are a part of the package,and yes i hope they installed the front,a couple friends said the front wouldnt make a difference,BUT,if they came with the pkg,i EXPECT them to be installed,i was going to take pics of the front,but when i went to do so it was a very attractive red head installing them and i didnt want her to think i was some sort of PREVERTE,so i did not,and yes they are up front,i believe if you crank the wheel to one side and have a lookthey are visible and believe they are on the front dif????but im just a janitor so not reall sure.PEACE...
 

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Thanks. I'm very familiar with working on cars. I can see the front bushings (just open the hood and look down, on each side, left, right), I just can't tell if they are the originals or the upgrades. I have a 98 4runner I've had since new. It has lots of TRD accessories, supercharger and so on. Usually TRD stuff has distinctive markings or coloring. Don't see any on the bushings. Just wondering if anyone knows if there is a visual difference between the factory vs the upgrade. I'm kinda of a stickler when paying for something. The swaybar, installed, is an item in my purchase agreement so I expect it to be done correctly. Thanks for your comments.
 

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i believe they were just BLACK two piece units.
 

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You cannot tell by looking (unless you know the difference) as the two parts look the same a are difficult to see while they are on the car.

You would have to ask for the old parts. the Old parts are a soft rubber, the new parts are more like a Nylon (harder) material.

The new parts are a black (Hard nylon like material) It is easier to feel the difference between the two parts. The Old part is also black and rubber looking, unlike the new being black and plastic looking.
 

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The Front Hard Bushing would make a difference if they were not installed. The New hard bushing increase rolling resistance. This is like increasing the diameter to a larger bar in front.

The new harder bushings make your stock front bar work harder, to make your IQ corner flatter.

I have taken my IQ thru some corners much faster than before, and my IQ is still cornering flat thru the turn.

Much better than stock
 

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i to have had more time with it now installed and my confidence in the way it handles has greatly improved,i may take it on a road course we haqve here in the summer.:eek:
 

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i to have had more time with it now installed and my confidence in the way it handles has greatly improved,i may take it on a road course we haqve here in the summer.:eek:
Go Speed Racer!

 

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very close resemblance,he is rather PUFFY like myself.
 

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Hey there,toyota installed mine as well as the front bushings,they had me down for half hour,but they had no idea the sway bar came with a stiffer front bushing set,so it was a little longer than an hour,the front passenger side bushing install took longest due to limited room to work,im avtually out on a scenic cruise at this time using the setup.
 

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Just installed the sway bar this weekend, no real mechanical issues. The instructions look to have been photocopied a few times too many, so working out from the pictures what they mean was a challenge. The hardest part was accessing the bolts on the front passenger side as the radiator gets in the way of using a socket set, I managed to get the bolts started with a ring spanner and then use a socket with my fingers to get them out. The front bushings are MUCH harder than the stock ones and you WILL notice the difference.

The rear bushings are a PITA to get on the sway bar as they are slippery from the silicon grease and stiff as anything. The brackets that bolt the sway bar to the beam really need three hands to fit.

That said the ride and handling are transformed and I would definitely recommend. Gone is the twitchiness on the freeway, gone is the wallow through the corners, and changing lanes on the freeway will bring a smirk to your face. Freeway driving has gone from a two hands on the wheel, pay attention at all times to a finger and thumb of one hand (not recommended, but possible). Regular streets are much more rewarding and easier in genearl as the car just goes where you point it.

I agree with the poster who first did the install, this should be a standard fitment.
 

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Just installed the sway bar this weekend, no real mechanical issues. The instructions look to have been photocopied a few times too many, so working out from the pictures what they mean was a challenge. The hardest part was accessing the bolts on the front passenger side as the radiator gets in the way of using a socket set, I managed to get the bolts started with a ring spanner and then use a socket with my fingers to get them out. The front bushings are MUCH harder than the stock ones and you WILL notice the difference.

The rear bushings are a PITA to get on the sway bar as they are slippery from the silicon grease and stiff as anything. The brackets that bolt the sway bar to the beam really need three hands to fit.

That said the ride and handling are transformed and I would definitely recommend. Gone is the twitchiness on the freeway, gone is the wallow through the corners, and changing lanes on the freeway will bring a smirk to your face. Freeway driving has gone from a two hands on the wheel, pay attention at all times to a finger and thumb of one hand (not recommended, but possible). Regular streets are much more rewarding and easier in genearl as the car just goes where you point it.

I agree with the poster who first did the install, this should be a standard fitment.
Thanks for that. I've started my search for one. Where did you pick yours up?
 
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