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Old 09-12-2010, 01:55 PM   #1
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First Trail Carnage (I blame Jeep!)

I was out wheeling yesterday, nothing too tough since I had no other vehicles with me... Was going down a rocky hill and heard a few loud bangs, and once I got to the bottom I stopped to check it out. Couldn't figure it out at first until all of a sudden my rear passenger sway bar link fell down (was stuck up above the control arm, so couldn't see it wasn't connected). Turns out the passenger side where the mount is welded to the frame wasn't welded completely. It was only welded on one side (driver side is welded on both sides) so it wasn't strong enough and completely snapped off the frame. Thanks Jeep!

My Jeep only has 25k miles on it and I just got it a few months ago and I am pretty sure the previous owner never took it on dirt. I haven't even done anything that rough... Oh well. Now I get to pull it all apart to weld the bracket back on. I think I may have to pull the axle out (at least the control arms) because they are in the way to weld.

Here are some pics:

Broken link bracket still attached to link...


You can see the link bracket hanging down here (forgot the tools )


On a better note, it was the first time my dog came out with us (a little Yorkie) and he had a blast. Slept the whole ride home because he was so tired. You can see him sticking his head out the side in this picture:

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Old 09-12-2010, 02:38 PM   #2
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What size tires are you running on those Moabs? do you use a spacer for the Backspacing?

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Old 09-12-2010, 04:47 PM   #3
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They are 305/75/16s. Got them from my buddy for $250. I need to get spacers for them though because they rub on my control arms if I turn far enough.

My other wheels (on the back of the Jeep) are 32/11.5/15 and I think the wheels have like a 3.75 BS and they don't rub at all.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:04 PM   #4
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Congratulations! I bet the ride was smoother after it came off, and articulation is greatly improved.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:16 PM   #5
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Yeah, they both get better

I drove it back on a curvy road and it actually didn't feel bad at all (as far as body roll). I'll probably fix it as some point, but I don't think I'll do it right away. I'll probably wait until I do my lift so I'll have it all apart anyway.
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