It would be best if the suspension was loaded (car sitting on wheels), Set one link in the middle of range and attach to bar and a-arm, on the other side attach link to bar and adjust to out to or in to a-arm. The thing is to not have any pre-load on the bar and no play ether. You may have to fin tune both sides to get all play out with no pre-load. It's easy, Have fun.
You should understand that:
- On an OEM suspension with non adjustable sway bar end links, the only way to adjust Corner Weight and Ride Height (aside from physically moving things around) is by adjusting the ride height using the spring perch bolts. But the ride height and corner weight are inter related and NOT seperate.
- With the addition of adjustable sway bar end links you can seperate the ride height adjustment from the corner weight adjustment and can add Static pre load.
- With the addition of adjustable sway bar end links you can lower and/or set the ride height independant of corner weight AND you can then adjust the corner weight pre load with out effecting the ride height (much).
- The longer the sway bar end link, the larger the lever arm and preload corner weight.
- Adjustments can be done to effect STATIC data and will ultimately effect DYNAMIC performance.
- OEM Sway bar end links are: 3 1/4" long (center eye to center eye)
- Adjustable hemi-jointed spherical bushing end links are 3 1/2" in their shortest length. These then impart a slight pre load over the OEMs to start (using the same bar).
- Cross Corner Weight % is the most important data point.
- Ultimately sway bars should only be used to control yaw or sway.
A. IF you DO NOT have access to a set up platform where you can corner weight the car:
1. Disconnect the sway bar(s)
2. Set the ride height where you want it F/R with at least 1/2" Rake.
3. MINIMIZE and EQUALIZE the sway bar end link length by placing both end links on common bolts and tightening the adjuster jam nut.
4. Install the end links
5. Drive the car and adjust (increase) the preload according to Dynamic responsiveness and the Trouble Shooting Algorythm.
NOTE: Without benefit of scales and thus Corner Weights and Cross Corner Weight %, sway bar end length and preload differences should be kept to a minimum.
B. IF you have access to a set up platform with corner weight scales:
1. If you have adjustable shocks: SET TO Minimum Compression (Bump) Setting.
2. Disconnect sway bar end links
3. Bounce car I (each corner) to remove any suspension binding and pre load
4. Check & set ride height
5. Roll car onto Platform and note corner weiights and Cross Corner %
6. MINIMIZE and EQUALIZE Sway bar end links and install
7. Note corner weight and cross corner weight %'s
8. Adjust length and increase pre load of each corner to desired corner weight and Ideal Cross Corner %'s (STATIC)
9. Drive car and adjust sway bar end length (pre load) as necessary according to DYNAMIC responses AND trouble shooting Algorythm. NOTE: adjustmnts should be made on the platform while reading Corner Weights and Cross Corner %'s
You can now see where a coil over suspension would allow you to tailor seperate spring rates for each corner (weight) and would seperate ride height adjustment from spring rate.
Adjustable shocks are (should) only to be used to dampen spring activity. Note that in a non-coil over suspension they are sometimes used to control yaw and act as a secondary spring and to adjust for ride height, cornerweight etc.