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Old 03-24-2006, 02:27 AM   #1
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so i bought the energy suspension endlinkds from auto zone i bought the smallest universal pair avaible. Now heres the problem my old endlinks had a smaller middle slidly bar thing now the new endlinks wouldn't fit the old sawy bar distance from the control arm so i losened the thing that holds the sway bar in place to move it up to make way for the endlinks and i got it. My question is was it alright to adjust the sway bar like this and what torque should i put it at?
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pictures would be very very very nice btw...i really dont understand what your asking
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there is a set of bushings holding the sway bar in place i believe its connected to the frame i loosend that on both sides so i could pull/push the sway bar upwards to make room for the new endlink kit i bought from autozone. The reason they did not fit is becasue the middle insert that is in between the bushings didnt fit with the old distance the sway bar was from the control arm. What im asking is, can i move the sway bar farther from the control arm to make room for the endlinks. The bar isn't in the way of anything i want to know because i moved it will it loose its effectiveness.
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The spacer on the new endlinks is longer than the old ones?

Go back and get the right kit. What part number did you buy?
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You mention you got the smallest pair. The part number that you need will either be the 8105 or 8120 (the one with spacers is the correct one that bolts right up)
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Ok....here'* the deal (with ALL the details for 92-99, all models):

The link kit from GM is crap. Not sure when the change happened, but GM is using plastic spacers and washers on the new kits (verified in person at the local dealer). I think the plastic would give too much, and doesn't provide enough support for the insulators, especially on the firmer SSE/SSEi suspensions. Wanna firm up your ride?

Buy Energy Suspension kit #9.8120RC. This kit is for the left and right (front) endlinks. It'* complete with BIGGER than stock bolts (and shorter, thank god), washers, and POLYURETHANE bushings (insulators). I got mine at Autozone for about $15 for BOTH sides (in the same package....full front kit). Follow the advice previously stated in this thread for install, but the kit comes with good directions, too. You don't need a maintenance manual. Just a good set of ramps and basic tools.

Wanna do the rear? Leave it to GM. They don't sell a kit for the rear. Each individual piece (bolt, nut, 2 washers, 3 insulators) have to be purchased seperately. Combined, it'll run you about $25. I have a better idea. Buy just the BOLT from GM. Get 2 of the 10026678 bolts (trust me, you want new....don't re-use the old), should run just shy of 4 bucks each. Then go to your local hardware store and buy two 8mm 'nylock' hex nuts. Fit them to the bolts to make sure, and try to get stainless steel. Now go BACK to Autozone and buy the Energy Suspension kit # 9.8105RC Bushing set. Comes with 8 washers and 8 bushings (insulators). You'll have 2 extra of each. Cost me $9 (US).

I haven't done the rear yet, but I now have a better than stock kit ready to go in for less than $20 for the rear.

Here they are lined up (left to right):


Far left, new package, old front endlinks. Far right, new rear endlink 'kit'.
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