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suspension adjustment (trailing arm replacement)

I had to replace my current trailing arm on the driver side because the bearings and stub axle inside destroyed it. I had to remove the torsion bar (or sway bar don't know the dif) and what looked like 3 adjustment bolts. When i put this back on how i am going to adjust it? I hear that they have adjustable rear ride heights and i haev the sport shock/sway bar option so what do i do to fix this problem? I was just planning on lowering the adjustments all of the way, then correctiong until it was even. Any ideas or diagrams?
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Put it back in the same location as the one you took off. You did mark the torsion arm with the old one before you took it off?
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The sway bar is about as big around as your thumb, bent in a wide 'U' shape, and is externaly attached to the torsion bar tube, and the trailing arms. (the M030 type sway bar has three positions to choose from at the trailing arm attachment point)

The Torsion bar is thicker, straight, and inside the torsion bar tube. (i.e. can't be seen unless you remove the ends of the torsion bar tube. Not recommended unless you need a big head ache getting everything back right.)

from Paragon Parts tech articles, adjusting the rear ride height.

http://www.tech-session.com/kb/index.php?page=index_v2&id=62&c=4

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I didnt mark it before i removed it but there is a notable rust mark where it goes so i'll just do my best to line that up.

Since i didnt remove that part of the adjustment, will i have to adjust the trailing arms anyway? I just want it to be even.
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This is not a direct answer to your question, but rather how to confirm that your rear alignment is good at the end of the procedure:
- Camber is very easy to check, as it is defined as the angle between the plane of the wheel and the vertical line. Use a decent quality level to establish the vertical line, and the rest is simple geometry.
- Toe is much harder to check...
- caster - not adjustable
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Once all of the suspension, front and back, is rebuilt you should get a proper alignment. All of the toe in has to be set to the center line of the car. If not the car tends to pull in one direction and is difficult to corner.
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