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Old 02-11-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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Need help with rear sway bar links!

The bushings in my rear sway bar links are about gone. My Jeep is lifted but I don't know how much because the po didn't know. Does it matter? Jeep4x4center.com sells just the links, but extremeterrain.com sells links for 2-3" lifts and 4-5" lifts. So how do I know which ones I need? The ones on it now are about 10 7/8" from center hole to center hole.

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Old 02-11-2013, 01:24 PM   #2
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Get the 4-5 inch links if they are too long you can cut them because they are usually threaded all the way thru at least the the jks ones are

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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I called a local NAPA and they have some but there only 7" center to center and mine are about 11". So does that mean I have a 4" lift? Plus they were $40 a piece.
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Longer swaybar lengths seldom match the lift height. The goal of the swaybar link is to position the antiswaybar's arm to just above horizontal. There is no exact angle above horizontal you need to obtain. 15 degrees above horizontal works but that isn't to say it is critical enough that you need to measure it with an angle finder.
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The bushings in my rear sway bar links are about gone. My Jeep is lifted but I don't know how much because the po didn't know. Does it matter? Jeep4x4center.com sells just the links, but extremeterrain.com sells links for 2-3" lifts and 4-5" lifts. So how do I know which ones I need? The ones on it now are about 10 7/8" from center hole to center hole.

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I called a local NAPA and they have some but there only 7" center to center and mine are about 11". So does that mean I have a 4" lift? Plus they were $40 a piece.
It looks like rear links that are in the 11" range work well with 4" to 5" lifts, if you're looking for solid links. I hope this helps! If you need any assistance or if you have any questions, let me know.
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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You can make your own antiswaybar links for <$10/pair by just using 1/2x20 threaded rod available from Home Depot or Lowes, and two pairs of 1/2x20 rod ends (aka heim joints). Rod ends are generally available at any speed shop or online sources like www.summitracing.com or maybe even Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more by now.

I had to drill out the mounting bolt hole for the frame-side of the link to take the larger diameter bolt needed for the rod ends but that was an easy task. A nut can be fished up inside the bracket to hold the bolt in. You'll also have to drill the bolt hole in the antiswaybar just a tad larger too to take the slightly larger bolt to fit the rod end but that too is minor.

These are rod-ends, I used the top-right corner type of rod-end for both ends of my links.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:54 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help. I ended up buying a pair from Extreme Terrain. I never even thought of building my own. Are you worried about metal on metal? I wouldn't think that it would last very long.

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