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Old 05-28-2008, 03:08 PM   #1
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sway bar link replacements

Hey everyone, how hard is it to replace the sway bar links? is it really as easy as it appears to be???? Thanks!

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Old 05-28-2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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yes its very easy. One bolt that holds it to the axle and one nut that holds it to the sway bar. If the top doesnt pop out, use a hammer and hit it few times. If still not good then get a pitman arm puller and use that. Usually the hammer works though. Dont worry when you undo one nut your roof wont fall (allways something i'm afraid of thanks to the crappy tcase skid design) meaning if your jeep is on a leveled ground there is no force on those bolts.

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Old 05-28-2008, 06:19 PM   #3
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Well, technically it should be easy - but I tried it and couldn't get either screw/nut loose, despite lots of force and PB Blaster. So I am getting mine done at a shop tomorrow.

However, if you haven't bought any replacements, yet - I have a used but in good shape pair that Ripcord had sent me, but since I can't do it on my own... I'll send them to you for shipping cost, if you are interested.

Also: see my thread about the same topic:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/tj-jeep...ike-18581.html

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Well, technically it should be easy - but I tried it and couldn't get either screw/nut loose, despite lots of force and PB Blaster. So I am getting mine done at a shop tomorrow.

However, if you haven't bought any replacements, yet - I have a used but in good shape pair that Ripcord had sent me, but since I can't do it on my own... I'll send them to you for shipping cost, if you are interested.

Also: see my thread about the same topic:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/tj-jeep...ike-18581.html

Good luck!
HAHAHA, I just looked at that old post and the pics of the ones that ripcord sent you, mine look just like that (the one on the left in particular, smushed rubber at the top), figured it meant it was time to at least replace the rubber, but if those are still "good" (and please someone, if they are not TELL ME!) then I am good to go! (assuming he wouldn't send you bad ones! ) I appreciate the offer though bud!
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:13 PM   #5
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HAHAHA, I just looked at that old post and the pics of the ones that ripcord sent you, mine look just like that (the one on the left in particular, smushed rubber at the top), figured it meant it was time to at least replace the rubber, but if those are still "good" (and please someone, if they are not TELL ME!) then I am good to go! (assuming he wouldn't send you bad ones! ) I appreciate the offer though bud!
The rubber is just a boot around the balljoint - and depending on the angle, of course it looks "smushed" - just like the boot around your shifting stick... My old ones are broken - the balljoint is torn apart, as you can see in the pic. As long as yours are still connected, I wouldn't see the need to replace them.

BTW - I wouldn't see a reason for ripcord to send bad ones - he also just asked for shipping costs...
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The rubber is just a boot around the balljoint - and depending on the angle, of course it looks "smushed" - just like the boot around your shifting stick... My old ones are broken - the balljoint is torn apart, as you can see in the pic. As long as yours are still connected, I wouldn't see the need to replace them.

BTW - I wouldn't see a reason for ripcord to send bad ones - he also just asked for shipping costs...
I was only joking about someone sending bad ones, I am sure that no one on here would do that to another poster.. Yeah, I saw the pics of yours, it took me a second to realize what it was when I was first looking at it, I didn't know they would just snap off like that! Happy to hear that I don't need to worry about that!, more money for my Jeep Savings account... (spending the $$ on the clutch, master/slave cylinder & pinion seal took a chunk out of it!).. Thanks everyone, another silly question answered!
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You can fix it with enough duct tape
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You can fix it with enough duct tape


call that "alabama chrome" around here (not being from alabama that is a lot more amusing to me than the locals)

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