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Old 07-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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Installing a new set of front sway bars along with a new track bar and I managed to take off the bolts but the actual sway bars are completely stuck. I've tried spraying them with lubricant and knocking them off but nothing seems to work. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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For the sway bar, remove it entirely from the jeep and knock the links out in a bench vise. The track bar is tricky. I wonder why it is stuck. Give it a few more hits - hard- with the hammer see if you can knock it loose.

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Old 07-07-2013, 02:52 PM   #3
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They're not frozen, they are just tight as that type of tapered fit stud & hole will be. First, avoid hitting the studs head-on at the thread end or on the nut, that will only mushroom (swell) the bolt/stud and make it an even tighter fit. The correct way to get them out is to use a big BFH and smack the SIDE (!!!!) right next to where the stud passes through. It may take several heavy whacks but the stud WILL pop out once you hit it correctly & hard enough.

The studs in the antiswaybar pop out the same way but the antiswaybar gives so much (is springy) that that method doesn't always work when the antiswaybar is in the vehicle. Removing the four bolts for the two brackets under the plastic cover that hold the antiswaybar to the Jeep & placing the ends of the antiswaybar into a heavy vise so the ends can't move will allow you to smack the sides hard enough to pop the studs free.

Trust me, this method works... don't give up on it too soon. The below photo shows the 'hit it on the side' technique being used on the tie rod end which uses the same type of tapered stud fitting.
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Is it difficult to completely remove the sway bar?
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Great thank you so much
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Is it difficult to completely remove the sway bar?
That is the easiest part of the job. Remove the plastic trim cover behind the bumper & you'll see the two antiswaybar brackets that hold it in place. Remove those four bracket bolts & the antiswaybar just lifts up & out. It's easier done than described.
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Is it difficult to completely remove the sway bar?

No, remove the cover - 4 or 6 small bolts, and 4 bolts - 2 each side - that hold the actually sway bar on.
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:55 PM   #8
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Not too hard, althought it may be a little time consuming. Swaybar/swaybar link replacement isn't hard at all. If you have a lift, make sure you get the links that are made for your inches of lift. I just replaced mine. To do both sides and new sway bars, it'll probably take 1 1/2.
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