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Hotchkis Sway Bar problems

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So heres the thing i installed them today at my dad's friends shop and for some reason they seem to have a wierd grinding or rubbing sound on any slow movement expecially when entering parking lots and its not scraping i hear. its more of a rubbing and friction sound. Im confused is it the bushings? Do they just have to get used to the feel or is it my engine moving around from the cradle being dropped. but that doesnt make sense either because i hear the same sounds coming from the rear. Its driving me crazy cause i think something is going to fall out or somethings going to be out of alignment or its gonna be just out of whack all together. The weird thing is when i push the car it does what its supposed to do it keep the car flat and nearly neutral and i dont hear any sounds at all. What is wrong?
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How closely did your installers follow the directions? I've heard of a couple of problems and both times the install wasn't done right and had to be redone. After the resinstall, both of them were fine. Not trying to slam anyone, just trying to help.

The install instructions should include a statement about checking clearance. Sadly, they don't. When I checked mine (because I'm anal that way) I saw it would have rubbed had I not done a little tweaking to the postion. After making sure the bushing mounts were all the way toward the rear of the car, I had clearance through the entire range of travel.

This is not a kit to be installed by a lazy mechanic. It's a lot of work, but when it's done right, it really is awesome.
Did my own install of both sway bars and TRD shocks with the rear control arms. that assembly lube is real sticky. everything went in like it should and the car handles great. just have to get an alignment.
Greased the heck out of everything. No problems. Have to make sure the bars have the same clearence on both ends or something will rub. And the adjustable rear control arm has to have 1/16th clearence with the car jacked up. Not easy.
There's a thread on Scionlife about Hotchkis front sways rubbing. I checked mine, it is seriously scratched. I'm going back over the install today to figure out what went wrong and fix it. One thing I did find that seems to be important, the slotted mount goes on the rear sway, not the front, according to the online PDF. It would be really nice if Hotchkis put a picture of the mount for the front in the front install directions. They just call out the mount by part number. Bad idea. There's no part number marked on the mount that I could find.
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