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Old 04-02-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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99 TJ Sport sway bar links

Is there any reason why my 1999 TJ 4.0 Sport would have Cherokee sway bar links? I bought the Jeep used and ended breaking one off. I went to replace it and what Auto Zone gave me was huge compared to what was installed. I worked with them to find what matched and it ended up being a Cherokee part from the same year. Simple mistake? Maybe...

And the answer to this may be the root of one of my problems. I have had both links break (either the threaded end or the bolt connection). I have replaced them and have had another bolt break. This is all under normal over the road driving.

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Is there any reason why my 1999 TJ 4.0 Sport would have Cherokee sway bar links? I bought the Jeep used and ended breaking one off. I went to replace it and what Auto Zone gave me was huge compared to what was installed. I worked with them to find what matched and it ended up being a Cherokee part from the same year. Simple mistake? Maybe...

And the answer to this may be the root of one of my problems. I have had both links break (either the threaded end or the bolt connection). I have replaced them and have had another bolt break. This is all under normal over the road driving.

Thanks!!
I would think that if the Cherokees are a lot shorter than the wrangler links, that there would be some serious binding/bending going on especially on the upper joint. I agree that replacing the links with stock ones (or aftermarkets) made for the TJ might solve your issues.

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I'd upgrade to aftermarket ones if you're paying fir them already. JKS makes very strong links that are adjustable so you can dial the swaybar into the 5-15° of elevation angle it's supposed to be at.
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sounds like the way i should go! my only concern was that putting in the wrangler sway bar links raised the front end a couple inches and i didn't know if that would stress the link even more?
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Is there any reason why my 1999 TJ 4.0 Sport would have Cherokee sway bar links? I bought the Jeep used and ended breaking one off. I went to replace it and what Auto Zone gave me was huge compared to what was installed. I worked with them to find what matched and it ended up being a Cherokee part from the same year. Simple mistake? Maybe...

And the answer to this may be the root of one of my problems. I have had both links break (either the threaded end or the bolt connection). I have replaced them and have had another bolt break. This is all under normal over the road driving.

Thanks!!
Question, is yours lifted at all?

If you do not plan on disconnecting, I would get links with solid joints as opposed to the stock type (weak) ball/socket design. Just about all of the TJ lift suspension manufactuers have solid links available. Zone has low cost links for stock and lifted height TJs.
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What do you mean it raised the front of the jeep when you installed the wrangler links? If anything I think that would put less stress on the bar if the jeep sat higher after you installed the links...
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sounds like the way i should go! my only concern was that putting in the wrangler sway bar links raised the front end a couple inches and i didn't know if that would stress the link even more?
I'd like to see pics of that.
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I'd like to see pics of that.
Me too!
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Yeah, I think we need to see pics so we don't add more confusion to the confusion.
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my jeep is completely stock.

when i try to line up the top of the link and the bottom of the link in their respective connection points, i end up having to jack the front end up a bit...

i will take pics once i have the parts in hand!!

confusion = bad

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