My sway bar links have been hitting the driver side spring for a few weeks now, and after installing the TF coil leveling kit that problem is now over. A new problem emerged, the passenger side sway bar link is now hitting the spring...
Also, the passenger side is about .75 inches lower than the driver side.
Here are pictures of the sway bar bushings? These do not look like they are supposed to be that way, they must have gotten worn out over the years.
+1 Call TF and get clarification about the link swap. Most kits have you swap them around. Not 100% sure with TF but there is a good chance you damaged your sway bar. Especially if you did any off roading. Or drove around with it hitting. The bushings look ok. Mine are worse but have no problems. You could always get quick discos that have adjustments in them. But that might be a temporary fix.
2008 JK X, 4.10 gears, Lockers, Mopar winch bumper with a Warn 9.5ti, Mopar rear bumper, Discos, 33x12.5x17 MTZs on DC1 rims. 6 speed, Coil Spacers.
On the instructions they say to put their new sway bar links in the front. So that issue is settled.
My passenger side is still .75 inches lower than driver side, this is the pretty confusing part and contributing to the passenger side sway bar link hitting the spring. Today I will measure many different angles and take lots of pictures.
My ZJ has this issue. When the sway bar bushings wear out it slides back and forth and hits the springs. It gets fixed when you swap in new bushings. I do have adjustable sway bar discos but they make it worse since they allow a lot more lateral movement than a solid link.
I wouldn't suggest driving without one in the front on a coil sprung vehicle unless everything is solidly tight (track bar especially). I did it for 3 days once and was scared shitless going around turns. Rear, however shouldn't be too horrible. I snapped one up a series of rock ledges once and pulled it off on the trail. 2 years later.......
Edit- For my zj auto zone actually sells universal sway bar bushings which are made by a top manufacturer and are only $20/pr (and are sold in quadratec as well). Im drunk and forgot the exact mfg. They usually last me a year+ with heavy offroad use and 25k miles street driving. Not sure if they fit JK since I just got my first one a month ago, but its worth checking out for a quick and solid fix.
Thank you Andrstein, I will order the new bushings. The cause of difference in height from each side is still unknown, but the bushings may play a role in that, especially if the sway bar is allowing one side to sit higher than the other.
With heavy offroading you may eventually bend them out of whack where one side sits higher. I just grab junkyard ones for $5 if I do. And the slapping of the sway bar into the spring gets annoying after a while and wears into the spring.
Edit- once your bushings wear a bit you naturally begin to bend them to one dominant side it seems, from my experience of looking at the old sway bars.