Originally Posted by DebbieMH
Mines on ... question ... fellow that installed it said that the new bolts are a lot thinner than the factory installed ones - so keep an eye on them. Said the bar itself is a lot "beefier" .. but was surprised that the bolts (he might have said bushings???) were thinner. He showed me them on the factory installed bar - but I'm not sure I'm explaining them correctly. Anyway ... the folks that installed them yourselves ... is that a concern? And ... the instructions said to check the installation after one week and then monthly (yeah right - I don't even know where the blasted thing is under the carriage and if I did - wouldn't know if it was wrong or right!) Guess I'm just getting frustrated that I'm not at all mechanically inclined.
If they fit into the same holes, they are not thinner. The kit comes with four (4) bolts that replace four longer bolts, which are not needed, but the thread is the same so they could not be "thinner." The bushings are a different construction. The original are rubber; the new ones are a stronger polymeric material, and are thinner, but will not be taking the flexing the original may be subjected to because of the beefier construction. Also, he should have re-used two bolts that attached the swing arms. I wouldn't be concerned - Hellwig apparently knows what they are doing. Nevertheless, the directions do instruct that torque should be rechecked from time to time! I think that's more of a disclaimer than anything else (for the lawyers). But if he used the Locktite that came in the kit, that should not be a concern either. If you are concerned, just have someone check the torque when you have it in for tire rotation or other service.
Enjoy without worry - as I intend to do. And when you drive it, you'll love the difference.