In­stal­la­tion and Re­view

4WDrive - - Contents - Words and Pho­tos by Trevor Klassen

A few months ago, I was com­plain­ing to Ed­i­tor Mack about the poor han­dling of my Toy­ota Tun­dra while tow­ing. He men­tioned that I should add a sway bar. I have to say; I wasn’t ini­tially sold on the idea as I wasn’t con­vinced that the sway bar was go­ing to make much of a dif­fer­ence, but I de­cided to give it a shot anyway. I placed my or­der di­rectly through Hellwig and in less than a week I had the sway bar in my hands.

I im­me­di­ately opened the box and started the in­stal­la­tion. Like other Hellwig prod­ucts I have used in the past, the qual­ity is top notch. The pow­der coat­ing is thick, and all the bolt holes lined up with no is­sues what­so­ever. In­stal­la­tion took about an hour with well de­tailed in­struc­tions from the man­u­fac­turer.

First im­pres­sions were bet­ter than I imag­ined. There was a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in han­dling even just driv­ing the truck around the block empty. The fol­low­ing week­end I had a real test. I loaded up with roughly 700 kg (1500 lbs) worth of gear, con­nected a 2700+ kg (6000 lbs) trailer and took off to my favourite camp­ing spot. I was shocked at the dif­fer­ence the sway bar made. The truck tracked straight, and the body roll I had be­come ac­cus­tomed to was com­pletely gone. The stability I had gained made the drive far more en­joy­able!

If you are a half ton owner who likes to tow and carry a heavy load this is a must have up­grade. Get yours at www.hell­wig­prod­ucts.com

1 Chalk wheels and slide U-bolts over axle tubes mak­ing sure no ca­bles or brake lines are be­tween the U-bolt and axle.

3 Place the spring steel flat plates onto the U-bolts and raise the sway bar with the flat part of the D bush­ing up against the flat plate. Then in­stall the U plate over the D bush­ings and in­stall the wash­ers and nuts onto the U-bolts to hold the sway bar into place. Do not tighten.

2 Lu­bri­cate the D bush­ings with the pro­vided grease and in­stall them onto the flat area of the sway bar.

5 In­stall mount­ing plate with the threaded hole to­wards the front of the ve­hi­cle. Re­in­stall the OEM bolts and torque to 70ft-lb.

4 Re­move trailer hitch bolts.

10 With the sway bar prop­erly cen­tered, check clear­ances to make sure noth­ing is in­ter­fer­ing with other com­po­nents of the ve­hi­cle and no ca­bles are be­ing pinched. Tighten U-bolts to 50 lbft. Dou­ble nut the axle U-bolts.

7 Insert lu­bri­cated sleeves into bush­ings. Again, us­ing a bench vice makes this process eas­ier.

9 At­tach end link to the up­per mount­ing plate and torque to 40 lb-ft. Then at­tach to the out­er­most hole of the sway bar. Adjust end link so the cen­ter hump is par­al­lel with the ground and the arms an­gle up to­wards the end link. Once ad­justed torque the bolts to 40 lb-ft.

8 As­sem­ble the end link. Do not tighten. No­tice that the threaded por­tion of the threads are not painted. This al­lows easy ad­just­ment but once they are ad­justed, they should be painted to pre­vent cor­ro­sion.

6 Lu­bri­cate hour­glass bush­ings and insert them into the end links. This can be made eas­ier by us­ing a vice to push them in.

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