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Thread: Have you DIY'd your front sway bar bushings??

  1. #31
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    Mazda 5 Exclusive 2.0L petrol 6MT

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    Keep in mind. Passenger side for jinjur is drive side in America.

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    Glad I found this thread because even the back bushings bolts were terrible to remove and there was plenty of access. The front bushings seemed impossible when I was under the Mazda 5. Will give accessing from the wheel well a try. Kudos to the original poster.

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    Two sway bar bushing bracket bolts snapped when I tried to replace the bushings. The locations are rear driver side and front passenger holes. Accessing the bolts from the wheel wells was a struggle. Had to extend 1/2 inch socket with a pipe and unscrew one ratchet click at a time. They snapped when the entire exposed rusted portion contacted all the hole threads. I guess friction was too great.

    Now there is a bigger problem of removing the Gr 8 bolts stuck in the subframe. Tried to drill a hole in the subframe directly below the bolt to reach it but the small 1/16 drill bit didn't make a dent. Any suggestions.

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    I just did this job when I redid the front struts on a 2010 Mazda 5. That front driver's side bolt is definitely a PITA to get to. From the driver's side wheel well, I used a box end wrench over it with a 12" cheater pipe and got her free. Also from the wheel well, I used a few extensions with 2 swivels on a ratchet to work her out. Thank god for NC cars and no rust.

    If I was to do it again...I WOULD REMOVE THE BATTERY AND BATTERY BOX.

    I had to remove the box because I dropped a strut bolt behind it. Looking down in the engine bay...It looked like I should be able to get at it easily from the top.

    I also removed that skinny skid plate that crosses the exhaust tunnel...this give you more room for your arm working underneath.

    Everything else, I worked blindly but it's pretty straight forward.

    After the struts (KYB) were swapped in and the sway bar bushings replaced...ZERO clunking up front.

    Thanks for all the tips guys.

    -Mike
    Last edited by negusm; 05-24-2019 at 02:15 PM.

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    To finish the story, I drilled a 1.5" hole with a Lenox holesaw in the subframe below the broken bolts. Next I drilled out the bolts with some cobalt drill bits. Then switched to a 1/2" bolt and nut after the bushing change. No more annoying clunk.

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