Car rolled 100,000 today so I decided to give it some attention, had some parts sitting in the basement waiting to go on. FE5 sway swap and some new plugs was today'* agenda. Took pictures for anyone else who plans on doing the swap. As with most things I do for the first time it was a PITA.
Here is a good spot to jack from on the front, then put a jack stand right behind and move to the other side of the car. (Also, if your using a crappy jack like mine that doesn't get the car far enough off the ground, you can use a wooden block to get a little extra height for the jack stand.)
Don't kid yourself like I did, you are going to have to remove the front tires. Also, when removing the current bolts and putting the new bolts on the sway bar, it helps to jack the suspension up a bit to put less pressure on the bolt and bring it a little closer to the bar.
Also a good idea to disconnect the Wheel Spin Sensor to make sure you don't accidentally damage it.
Tried disconnecting the power steering to get a little more room to work and wiggle but ended up being a no go. You have to hold the bolt while turning the nut, and it seems like the nut keeps coming out until you have nothing left to get your socket on to hold the bolt from turning. Still got it loosened up a bit.
There are 6 bolts holding the sway bar on. 2 holding the clamp on each side (13 mm) and one connecting the bar to each control arm.
The bolts holding the sway bar to the control arm were rusted worse than I thought they would be, my guess is those stupid plastic barrels in the middle held water in and was eating the bolts away fairly quickly. Glad I got to this before they broke.
Stupid plastic barrel from the bolt, this one is from the new sway bar. I ended up using new parts from moog that look completely different (and better, bigger bolt, better design that doesn't hold water) but wanted you to see what they are supposed to look like.
Here is what was left of mine... I had to destroy them to get them off.
After lots of adjusting the position of the wheel and some luck I was able to get the old sway bar out through the drivers wheel well. The new bar weighs 3x the old one which made it a little more difficult going back in.
No shortage of spark plugs here.
Finally got it all back together and on the ground.
Did my figure 8'* and jogged left to right a bit, then re torqued the wheel lugs and back into the garage it went. Clean and ready for bed.