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Old 04-22-2008
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Icon4 How tight is 20-35Ft lbs of torque? (sway bar)

I found some instructions on the forums here thru the search function, However, it says to tighten down the end links to something like 30ft lbs. Now I am by no means a mechanic, and I have just barely make a 'backyard mechanic status' I dont know how much 'force' 30ft lbs is.

I bought a new wrench, I found an old wrench with the offset alot more 'severe' but it was of the wrong size, so I took that up to sears, along with the wrench i broke, and got the right size for $18.... and exchanged the broken one for a made in the USA wrench...

So I got the nut tight, and its pretty tight, I got the bed up 6inchs or so, and i can just barely move the wrench.... but I dunno how tight it should be.

What would REALLY make this 'job' ALOT easier, would be an offset wrench, with the ratcheting end... this summer if I see any at the flea market ima buy em...
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They have wrenches and wratchets that you can buy that click when you meet the torque you set it at. I think they are called tourque wrenches? I have one but I forget what 30ft-lbs feels like. It is really annoying when the torque specks asks for you to appy 60ft-lbs then 90 degrees which ends up snapping the bolt sometimes.
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He cant fit one on there tho
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Old 04-22-2008
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Just tighten it down to where YOU can't tighten it anymore.
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20-35 ft lbs isn't very much at all. With just a standard 3/8" socket wrench and a good "tug" you can easily get about 90 ft lbs. I'd just make it tight like Maurice said.
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13 foot pounds is a small bump on a 1/4" ratchet that is 4" long..
so get it tight, and a good yank, push/pull whatever and call it aday... and put some lok tite on there too for good measure.
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just put it on till it gets tight then give a good tug.
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is this front or rear? on the front just tighten them down until the bushings compress the back i cant help you except that its not going to matter if youre not right on 30lbs, just get them decently tight and theyll be fine
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