Author: Jonathan Swain (aka "PurdueGuy")
Tools (definitely need):
- 13mm deep socket
- Torque wrench
Tools (depending on strut bar design):
- Sockets (size depending on your bar)
- Locking pliers or large hex keys (depending on your bar)
- Wrenches (size depending on your bar)
Park the car on a flat, level surface and open the hood.
Adjust the bar length. Bit by bit, adjust each end link by spinning the loose end link, or spinning the whole bar to adjust the attached end link. It is likely that one end link will have reverse threads. By adjusting both, you can ensure the bar is centered, and that one end won’t be more loose than the other. Once the hole in the end link lines up with the end bracket, loosely attach it.
Tighten things up. Start with the strut to body nuts – tighten them to 21 ft lbs. If you don’t have a torque wrench, 21 ft/lb is not very tight – just snug the nuts up. Over-tightening can result in snapping a stud. With both struts tightened up, go ahead and tighten the nuts in the bar, both for attaching the end links, and for adjusting the length.