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Old 01-20-2004, 10:04 PM   #11
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I was going to ask about the easiest way to install the new links. Last time I had to oil up the rubber and squeeze the bushings in there. Should I loosen the stabilizer shaft bolts this time?
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I was going to ask about the easiest way to install the new links. Last time I had to oil up the rubber and squeeze the bushings in there. Should I loosen the stabilizer shaft bolts this time?
I don't remember this in great detail but I don't recall having to lube anything. I might have had to lift the end of the antisway bay or push it around a little bit but otherwise it all just bolted right in.

I think I did have the front wheels on ramps at the time; if they were hanging loose (e.g. car on axle stands) the suspension would probably have been hanging too far down to get the bar connected to the link bolts.
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Just had the links installed. It was too cold for me to do it, so I had the shop do it for me. I had the blue polyurethane links put in this time. Ahhh, that'* better.

The secret is to take a crowbar and lift up the sway bar while you shove the link and bushings in there. The wheels were hanging free.
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Just had the links installed. It was too cold for me to do it, so I had the shop do it for me. I had the blue polyurethane links put in this time. Ahhh, that'* better.
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The secret is to take a crowbar and lift up the sway bar while you shove the link and bushings in there. The wheels were hanging free.
Right, once you get the parts lined up, they all bolt together with just hand tools. Piece o' cake.
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I may have to do this soon. Or at least check mine. I'm getting a rattle over speedbumps, and it'* not the rest of the suspension. Seems to give a little too much cornering now, too.
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I may have to do this soon. Or at least check mine. I'm getting a rattle over speedbumps, and it'* not the rest of the suspension. Seems to give a little too much cornering now, too.
Maybe you broke one. You can try turning the wheels to full lock and then reaching in to see if you can feel a broken end on the link bolts, because sometimes they break in or near one of the bushings, and look like they're still in one piece when they're really not.

Be careful if you do, because the broken stub sometimes gets hammered to a sharp point where the two pieces are slamming together over bumps.
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Doing this right after the Daytona 500 today. Got Energy Suspension polyurethane heavy duty link kits and frame bushings from Autozone for under $25. The counter guy couldn't believe I had a 1.25" swaybar on the front.
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Have fun, I just did mine a week ago. I normally do them with a torch (torches make everything easier) and air tools. Now that I do the work in my own garage (without torches or compressor), things just are that much harder and longer to do. That job took me about 2.5 hours because of rust and siezed nuts. I had to actually cut the polyurethane spacer off so I could move the washers up enough to get a socket on the bottom of the swaybar bolt. It just plain sucked and I don't want to do it again without my torches. That being said, have fun.....beer makes it better!
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You gots to saw the old ones off!
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Damn near. I prepped them ahead of time by cleaning up the threads with a wire brush, then oiling them. It was still a battle. The new ones were nice. Barely more threads than I needed. It helped alot to loosen the frame bushings so I could lift the bar to assemble the new endlinks. I'll have pics up later.

I'll also tell you how the Energy Suspension stabilizer/frame bushings won't work for us. Stock bushings are back on, but their endlinks are great.
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