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Honda Civic
Sway bar Install

If you are in a giving mood  

Upgrading the sway bars, or simply installing sway bars is a very cost effective way to drastically improve the handing of any car.  I've outlined the installation of Eibach's sway bar kit.

Eibach's kit requires factory installation points.  Most top trim civic's came with front sway bars.  The Civic EX four door came with front and rear bars.  Any other civic will need front lower control arms from either an Integra or Si/EX model and a rear lower control arms from an Integra or Civic EX four door.

This write-up applies to '92-'95 Honda civics and '94-'01 Acura integras

Tools Necessary

  • socket set
  • Combination wrenches (box wrench)
  • Jack and Jack Stands

Your best bet would be to lay out all of your parts and make sure you have everything you need.  For my civic, I needed all of the rear sway bar hardware and lower control arms.  For the front, I had everything that I needed since my hatchback was equipped with a front bar.

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Front Bar Install

Raise the front and secure it with jack stands.

Remove the end links that are attached to the control arms. 

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Remove the D-brackets that hold the sway bar to the subframe.  Before you can remove the sway bar, you will need drop the exhaust and shift linkage.

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Take a moment and check out the difference in the size.  The stock front bar is 20mm and the Eibach bar is 25mm. 

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Slide the new bar into place, you can reattach the exhaust and shifter at this time.

Eibach supplies a spacer to properly shim the new bar.  I had to grind out the holes in order to get get the bolts to line up properly.  Mounting the front bar took quite a bit of effort.  I had to use a jack to put enough pressure on the clamp and bushing in order to get the nut and bolt attached.

Attach the end links with the new hardware included with the kit.

If you need to swap out the control arms, all you need to do is pop the lower ball joint, remove all of the hardware and slide the new arms in place.

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Rear Bar Install

Raise and secure the back of the vehicle.

If you are upgrading to a larger bar, it is as simple as removing the stock bar, swapping all of the mounting hardware and reinstalling. 

Eibach's rear bar is 17mm.  Since I did not have a rear bar, I could not compare the size.  If I remember correctly, the stock rear integra bar is 14mm and the stock civic EX 4dr bar is 11mm.

For my  rear sway bar install, I had to pick up lower control arms with sway bar mounting holes drilled.  You can pick up arms from a 4dr EX civic or an integra.  If you are ordering bushings to go along with the control arms, note which arms you have.  The civic's bushings are smaller.

In the pic below, you will see all of the hardware necessary to install the sway bar.  To save some money, try to locate used parts.  More than likely, the kit will only include the bar and bar's bushings.

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Every 5th gen civic I've ever seen has always had the sway bar mounting brackets predrilled and tapped.  You can see them in the pics below

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Attach the sway bar bracket to the uni-body

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Assemble the sway bar with all of the mounting hardware and attach it to the mounting brackets.

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Finally, attach the end links to the lower control arms.

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I would take a moment and double check all of the bolts, nuts or any other hardware to make sure they've been tightened properly.

Driving Impressions

The sway bar upgrade was worth every penny.  Prior to installing the bar, I was having problems lifting a front tire through hard cornering.  This was drastically reducing the effectiveness of my Quaife differential.  With the new bars installed, body roll has been drastically reduced.  The added bonus is that my Quaife diff works properly given the fact that all four tires are staying on the ground. 

Probably the most noticeable advantage, or I should say unnoticeable advantage, is that the ride quality has not been compromised.  The bars are virtually invisible until you need them.