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Ramps are the way to go with a sway bar install. These are Harry's and will hold a tank, but it would be better if you bought something like Rhino Ramps. You don't want the wheels hanging in the air when you hook them up.
Look under the car. The bad news is that you probably have a black plastic splashpan covering all this good stuff up. Take out all those bolts and pull the pan off to see the sway bar and the endlinks.
Put a box end wrench on one side and a breaker bar on the other. Many people recommend loosening the lower endlink joint as well, but I didn't and the holes on the new bar lined up perfect.
The bar can be rotated so the ends point downward. Take off the four bolts of the brackets that hold the bar on (you reuse the bolts).
You push one end of the bar STRAIGHT UP, pushing hoses out of the way and pull it out the driver's side. Looks like it would be tough to do...is really a piece of cake. Mine had to come out the passenger side because of the intercooler tubing.
Put the new FM bar up and push the endlink bolt through. I used the outermost hole on the front. (middle hole on rear) It seems to be very neutral this way. BTW I should mention here that the FM sways are EASY to do...I've heard horror stories about installing some other brands. Check the miataforum archives in the handling forum for details.
Oh yeah! The "vile but effective" grease that Bill now calls "wonderful gooey grease" (political correctness I guess!), is awesome. BUT it is horribly sticky and not fun to put on. Get a bunch of paper towels ready.
Here the bar is bolted up with the bushing greased and in place.
Man that stock REAR sway bar looks like a coathanger!
The rear bars have a bit of "toe" which means you have to get them the right way around. Easy enough to see in the next picture.
See? Both bars take less than an hour to install. The performance increase is PHENOMENAL! I'd say my turbo was the most astonishing upgrade on my car. These FM sways are tied with the RE71 tires as the second most impressive increase in performance. Cornering is simply flat and the inside tire doesn't try to lift at all...GO BUY SOME!!! www.dlralt.com (I have no affiliation...well other than the fact that I should direct deposit part of my paycheck to their account! ;-) )