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Old 05-11-2011, 09:13 PM   #1
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Unhappy sway bar links look weird

Hi guys,

My investigation, if you will, started with my earlier post regarding a death wobble on my TJ. I was sniffing around the steering parts and noticed this very peculiar problem. It has to do with my sway bar links.
Have a look at my left sway bar link:
http://78.47.134.230/sway_bar_link_left.jpg

Now look at my right sway bar link:
http://78.47.134.230/sway_bar_link_right.jpg


See the difference? Look at where the links are bolted in at the bottom. See how the right one is attached on the inside and left is on the outside? It can be tricky to notice at first but it's very obvious once you look at the right spot.

That, I believe, is causing this on the right side:
http://78.47.134.230/right_rub.jpg

You are looking at the top of the right sway bar link. See how it's rubbing against the metal?


Is it how it's supposed to be? Anybody has any suggestion? Also, can that cause a death wobble?

Thank you.

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Old 05-11-2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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That probably will not cause death wobble but you should bolt both links on the inside of the frames. Yours are also disconnect sway bars thats what the pins are for!

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I'm not too knowledgeable in this are but something definitely looks off. To compare, here is what mine look like. Granted they're after market and longer should be similar right? Do you have a lift of any sort?

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That probably will not cause death wobble but you should bolt both links on the inside of the frames. Yours are also disconnect sway bars thats what the pins are for!
x2 . . . just turn the one on the driver's side around to match the other. Funky links, most I've seen have bends or a block or something vs. that angle. While you are at it, make sure your sway bar is centered and it not grab a rubber mallot and whack away!
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I'm not too knowledgeable in this are but something definitely looks off. To compare, here is what mine look like. Granted they're after market and longer should be similar right? Do you have a lift of any sort?

Yeah I have a 4 inch lift.
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What's going to happen if I just disconnect those links? The whole front end will not just collapse on me won't it? I want to flip the one on the driver's side.
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What's going to happen if I just disconnect those links? The whole front end will not just collapse on me won't it? I want to flip the one on the driver's side.
Nope, it's no big deal. If you are on flat ground it'll barely move and to reconnect, if on flat ground, at most you'll need a buddy to rock the Jeep a bit to get things to line up to reconnect it. If you've never had them disconnected before, while you're at it disconnect them both, looks like you have additional pins there to get them up and out of the way when disco'd . . . go out and play around a bit in the neighborhood, don't go fast but do a tight turn and feel the difference . . . put your wheel up on a rock or planter at the mall and check out the difference . . . you should do this anytime you offroad, differnce is huge!
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Well hold it. So you are saying I should completely remove the sway bar links when I go offroading?
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thats what most people do, thats why they make quick disconnects, it limits the flex in the suspension otherwise, probably why theres rubbing as you showed in the one picture
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Well hold it. So you are saying I should completely remove the sway bar links when I go offroading?
You don't remove them, you just pull the pins and fold the links out of the way, use tape or zip ties to hold them there. When your done just flip em back to where they were and put the pins back in.
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:14 AM   #11
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I have the same problem with my 02 tj it has a 3.5inch lift an 33x12.5 on it. I used a mallet to try to get them even I'll have to take a look to see if I have the same problem as you.
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Well hold it. So you are saying I should completely remove the sway bar links when I go offroading?
Yup! It's no big deal, just pull the pins, pop the links off the posts and attach the links to the extra set of posts that you have in the pic up on the frame so the links/bar are out of the way. All the sway bar does is limit the body roll and provide additional stability on road . . . off road, having it disconnected provides more flex and a much smoother ride.

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