||I took the Stillen Rear Sway Bar (RSB) off my '99 Maxima
before trading the car in and couldn't wait to reinstall it on my 2002.
I ordered new brackets from Stillen, because the trailing arms on the
2002 Maxima are much wider than the ones on my '99, and the old brackets
would not have fit properly. The bar itself can be reused.
I also bought all stainless steel
hardware locally, to replace the Stillen hardware. For each side of the car you will need:
|2 cap screws, 3/8-16x2.5 (top bolt holes).|
|2 cap screws, 3/8-16x3.0 (bottom bolt holes)|
|8 flat washers (3/8 hole)|
|4 stop nuts (3/8-16)|
I found everything I needed in a West Marine store for very
cheap. The stainless steel hardware will not rust as the Stillen
hardware did after a few years. I reused the Stillen bushings
after cleaning them up a little with a wire wheel.
||I also reused the original Stillen aluminum spacers and M6
bolts for the E-brake cable.
||This is how the trailing arm looks after removing the
driver's side wheel. The procedures are the same for both sides of
||Remove the 10mm M6 bolt holding the E-brake cable to the
||Add the spacer and the supplied (longer) M6 bolt to hold
the E-brake cable away from the brackets.
||Here are the Stillen brackets installed on the trailing
arm. Note that the nub on the end of the clip that holds the
E-brake cable has to be bent slightly to clear the bracket. Also
note that the bolt closest to the brake line has been turned such that
it faces towards the outside of the car. It does not appear as
though the brake line would rub, as it is pretty far from the bolt, but
it is always better to be safe than sorry!
||I used the 2 inner holes on the sway bar. Here is it
mounted up to the car after all sides have been tightened. On the
2002 Maxima, Stillen recommends mounting the bar so that it lies right
beneath the rear axle, however this is not easily done due to the
positioning of the various ABS and E-brake brackets and clips, plus my
bar was from a 1999 Maxima and Stillen is shipping bars for the 2000+
Maximas with extra holes (5 total) that allow it to be mounted right
under the axle . My bar is mounted about an inch forward of the
rear axle, which is fine. The further forward you mount the bar
the more effective it is in the corners anyway.
The rear sway bar is one of the most effective suspension
modifications you can perform on the Maxima. It virtually
eliminates body roll during hard cornering and really tightens up the
rear end of the car.