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Old 08-27-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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sway bar worn out? quick help

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.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:38 AM   #2
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Guys I just need to know if those rubber holder things are supposed to be like that or not.

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Old 08-28-2013, 09:33 AM   #3
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Did you swap the rear sway bar links to the front and the new ones in the back?
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:36 AM   #4
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Maybe a bent sway bar as well if it was hitting for awhile.
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Did you swap the rear sway bar links to the front and the new ones in the back?
No I put the new ones in the front, the rear ones are pretty long already.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:46 AM   #6
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you may want to call TF
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:03 AM   #7
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you may want to call TF
+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.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:16 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:20 AM   #9
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Ya .. that is why I really prefer adjustable links so that I can make sure that they are at the right length ... Call TF they will take care of you.
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Is it possible that a damaged sway bar would force the passenger side axle area to be pulled closer to the frame, hence making the passenger side appear .75 inches lower than the driver side?

Because aside from the spring, isn't the sway bar link the next limiting factor in height? Especially if it is a bit lopsided?
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Is your axle centered. Yes the bushings look stressed. How many miles ?
You can replace them easily.
The sway bar itself should be parallel +/- a few degrees from level at ride height.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:01 AM   #12
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Is your axle centered. Yes the bushings look stressed. How many miles ?
You can replace them easily.
The sway bar itself should be parallel +/- a few degrees from level at ride height.
Yes the axle is centered, the TF adjustable track bar is treating me well. I have 23k miles on it, it is 2010, I am only owner.

I'm going to do more measurements on the sway bar in particular. You helped me a lot in the previous thread regarding this. But now the sway bar hitting the spring has changed sides.
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That's right. Hmm all kinds of issues going on
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:07 PM   #14
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Okay so the bushings definitely have to be replaced. That will fix the sway bar hitting the spring problem.

The other problem is the passenger side being .75 inches lower than the driver side. If the sway bar is actually bent, then replacing the sway bar should fix this as well.

I am going to disconnect the sway bar links on both side and see if that fixes the height issue, then in that case we know what the problem is.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:48 PM   #15
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Are there any issues with daily driving without the sway bar?
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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.
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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.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:21 PM   #18
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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.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:16 PM   #19
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bushings are the cheapest solution to try right now. Are they difficult to install?
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:59 PM   #20
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2 10mm 1" long screws on a zj and the bushings are able to be swapped without disconnecting the swaybar. Should take 15 min if its similar on a jK.

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