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Old 09-25-2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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sway bar links and death wobble

I've had my 2000 Wrangler for about a week and a half. To the best of my knowledge the sway bar links were fine before but, I am not 100% sure.
Last weekend while driving on the highway I experienced DW.
The previous owner told me he changed a tie rod end and I should get it aligned.
I have an appointment this weekend for an alignment and was just under there looking. BOTH of my sway bar links are popped out (upper end out of the socket).
My questions is, do you think the DW caused them to pop or do you think them being popped could have contributed to the DW?
The PO and I talked about DW while I was test driving and he told me he never had it in this Jeep but his wife's had done it before. So, he was aware of it and was a very honest guy.

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Old 09-25-2012, 08:24 PM   #2
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DW could maybe shake them loose, but they probably would have popped anyway eventually. I replaced mine twice without having DW. If you wheel and have the $$, get an anti-rock to replace the system. If you don't, you can replace with stock or better yet, get some aftermarket ones without the sockets that are prone to fail. I didn't have the $$ at the time so I got aftermarket links.

DW is commonly caused by loose stuff in the steering system and is usually a loose track bar on the axle end. Make sure that bolt is torqued down and the hole is not wallowed out.

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Old 09-25-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:49 AM   #4
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Sway bar links have absolutely nothing to do with holding the axle in place. If you have DW, look at the control arms and track bar.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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Sway bar links have absolutely nothing to do with holding the axle in place. If you have DW, look at the control arms and track bar.
Thank you for the help. I assume by your answer you are saying the DW may have caused the linkage to meet the end?
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I broke both links about 4 months ago and removed the sway bar. IMO it it is not needed. I run it on the highway 80 miles an hour and can't tell it's removed. No DW at all.
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I broke both links about 4 months ago and removed the sway bar. IMO it it is not needed. I run it on the highway 80 miles an hour and can't tell it's removed. No DW at all.
A sway bar isn't so much a factor of normal driving...but in an emergency maneuver, the sway bar can make all of the difference. It's up to you...but I would suggest finding a solution. Adding a sway bar is a cheap investment when your life, or your family's life could be at risk.

If a sway bar was not needed, hardcore rigs, weekend warriors, and tube buggies wouldn't benefit from running them front and rear....but to each their own.
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I broke both links about 4 months ago and removed the sway bar. IMO it it is not needed. I run it on the highway 80 miles an hour and can't tell it's removed. No DW at all.
It's not needed to keep the axle in place. That doesn't mean a front sway bar isn't needed. This is just poor information.

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