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Old 03-31-2012, 06:29 AM   #1
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Can you reuse the factory TJ sway bar hardware?

RE has the cheapest stabilizer of all but it does not include hardware. I asked 4wd about this and they said it reuses the stock hardware.

I took a look at my factory stabilizer and can't really see if that's possible or not. I know it's tapered where it bolts to the knuckle and I see a nut above and below the knuckle but not sure how it all comes apart. Does it?

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Old 03-31-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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Yes, the sway bar links are tapered where the sway bar attaches to the end links. The bolt on the top comes off and then the fun begins. They will usually not simply unseat themselves from the taper. Take a big hammer and hit the end link very hard at the bushing near where they attach to the sway bar. The factory end links will eventually fall right out. Do not attempt to hit the end link on the bolt end as you can mushroom the bolt and have another issue on your hands.

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My bad, my bad! I typed the wrong thing in the title. What I really meant was "Can you reuse the factory TJ steering stabilizer hardware?".

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I typed that right after reading a sway bar thread on JF. I apologize!
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:40 AM   #4
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My procomp stabilizer came with everything needed. I can't remember if it reused anything, but I don't see why you couldn't. The only reason I could see hardware being replaced is if the aftermarket one had a larger diameter on one of the mounting bolts.
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Installing a Wrangler steering stabilizer - Jeepz.com

Weird cuz that's the one I was going to buy and it includes hardware. 4wd must be wrong or something. Hmmm...
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:50 AM   #6
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They are replacing an aftermarket stabilizer with another, probably a slightly different set up. Mine is the same as the procomp in the first pic. The re may simply have the same size bore on the linkage side bushing as stock. Most people just put another stocker on now as there's not a huge advantage to replacing with an aftermarket unless you can get it cheaper.
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yeah but if you look at the picture with the new stabilizer, it has new shiny hardware included. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. Who knows....

Maybe RE cut corners and removed the hardware to reduce the prices since their resurrection....
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Sorry, the stabilizer in the 1st pic has aftermarket hardware, so if the replacement used factory then new factory stuff would have to be put on for it to fit. Does that make more sense? My first post was a bit confusing.
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Sorry, the stabilizer in the 1st pic has aftermarket hardware, so if the replacement used factory then new factory stuff would have to be put on for it to fit. Does that make more sense? My first post was a bit confusing.
Yeah it does make sense.

I contacted both 4wd and q-tec and they said RE re-uses factory hardware.

Decided to contact RE directly about this.

Might seem like alot of work for a simple stabilizer but if I can get a stabilizer for $34 instead of $50, then it's worth it LOL. That extra $16 saved can go to a nice 2 or 3 rolls of sushi.
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Or you can go to any parts house and get a factory replacement for $20 and it will do the exact same job. It's a 50/50 shock. Nothing fancy about it.
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Or you can go to any parts house and get a factory replacement for $20 and it will do the exact same job. It's a 50/50 shock. Nothing fancy about it.
From my experience, the factory replacements are prone to leaks. I replaced the oem one on the xj with another and it leaked due to a chip on the rod. I do alot of highway driving so chips are common. Aftermarket stabs are a bit stronger and come with boots to protect the rod.

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