Sway Bar Kit
Sway bar.do you really need it? The answer is .yes. because this component provides the vehicle with better handling by making the wheels turn at the same degree. It also helps increase the body stiffness of your ride and prevents excess body roll. The sway bar comes into action when you make tight runs and one wheel is put under greater pressure than the other. It is the sway bar that transmits the said force to the other wheel, thus keeping both wheels in parallel alignment.
Sway bars also come in handy when you need to tow a trailer. They prevent travel trailer sway, which can be dangerous to you and to other pedestrians. Also called fish tailing, travel trailer sway is the uncontrolled side-to-side motion experienced by the vehicle in cross winds or during heavy braking. This is the reason trailers over 24 ft long are advised to be equipped with twin sway bars.
Do you have a trailer? You'd better get a sway bar kit to make your trailer safer to tow on your next weekend getaway. Here are the steps in installing a sway bar on your trailer.
What you'll need:
- Tow vehicle
- Torque wrench
- Tape measure
- Power drill
- Cotter pin
- Felt-tip marker
- Sway bar kit for travel trailer
Preparing the tow vehicle
Step 1: Find a level surface where you can conveniently do this DIY task.
Step 2: Bring the trailer to that spot and park your tow vehicle in front of the trailer. Make sure that the tow vehicle is positioned in a straight line with your trailer.
Step 3: Locate the hitch on the tow vehicle and connect the trailer.
Attaching the sway control ball to the hitch
Step 4: Attach the sway control ball to the tow vehicle's hitch and secure it with the nut and lock washers that may be included in your sway bar kit. Use the wrench to tighten the nut.
Step 5: With the torque wrench, torque the control ball to 100 ft-lbs.
Installing the ball/plate assembly on the trailer tongue
Step 6: Use your tape measure to accurately measure 24 inches from the hitch ball to the trailer's tongue. Put a mark on this point using a felt-tip marker.
Step 7: Put the ball/plate assembly from the sway bar kit over the mark that you've made on the tongue of your trailer, and put a mark where the bolt holes should be.
Step 8: Using a power drill, make a hole on each mark that you put in the trailer tongue.
Step 9: Position the ball/plate assembly over the newly drilled bolt holes. Carefully insert the self-tapping screws in the holes and secure them in place. Drill the other two bolt holes, insert the screws, and tighten them.
Step 10: Using a rag, put a small amount of grease to both balls.
Installing the slide bar socket
Step 11: Get the slide bar socket from your sway bar kit and place it over the newly installed ball on the hitch. Secure the socket in place using a cotter pin.
Step 12: Loosen the slide bar by turning its handle to the left.
Mounting the control arm assembly in place
Step 13: Get the control assembly from the sway bar kit and position it over the ball that you've installed on the trailer tongue. With the cotter pin, secure the assembly in place.
Step 14: Tighten the slide bar by turning its handle to the right. Continue turning until the handle no longer moves.