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Old 02-25-2011, 10:04 PM   #1
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hey well recently my driver side sway bar broke. i took it all off but the ball join in the sway bar is stuck in the hole and i cant get it out.. any suggestions?

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you need a tierod puller i believe, although since its broke, use a hammer on the ball part! i used thors hammer to get my s**t out, i dont even run a sway bar, really dont need one.......

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I take it you mean the sway bar link broke, not the actual sway bar? Ya it takes a puller and some pounding to get it out. NAPA sells a decent replacement one, it's got a grease nipple so you can keep the balll lubed.
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Mine was stuck BAD! I used a pickle fork on an air hammer, but that didn't work, then I busted off the stud flush with the sway bar, and that didn't work. I hit it with a propane torch and then used the air hammer to pound it where the broken stud was and it popped out. It took a couple hours.
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thanks guys, all i did was put some wd40 in it like 3 times a day for 3 days and then took a monkey wrench and wrenched it off and it fell right out.
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Thanks for posting this. Mine broke Saturday on the same side. Now I know what a PITA it's going to be to get it out.
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thanks guys, all i did was put some wd40 in it like 3 times a day for 3 days and then took a monkey wrench and wrenched it off and it fell right out.
If you had used a better product like Break Free, Liquid Wrench, PB-Blaster, etc., it might have fell out in 1-2 days. WD-40 is no substitute for any of those products.

And anytime anyone is working on the antiswaybar and is having an awkward time getting something out of the end of it, you can get the entire antiswaybar out in about a minute by simply removing its four bolts under the plastic cover just behind the front bumper, just below the radiator grill.
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you need a tierod puller i believe, although since its broke, use a hammer on the ball part! i used thors hammer to get my s**t out, i dont even run a sway bar, really dont need one.......
The coil springs on TJs are not really stable enough to drive around without a sway bar. It is ok offroad, but to remove it completely is probably not the best idea for a DD.
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you need a tierod puller i believe, although since its broke, use a hammer on the ball part! i used thors hammer to get my s**t out, i dont even run a sway bar, really dont need one.......
For a TJ, I wouldn't recommend running without its antiswaybars. The leaf spring CJs and YJs can get away without their antiswaybars but the TJ doesn't do well without them without its antiswaybars.

I drove through the mountains once after unknowingly having broken my rear antiswaybar and the increased sway and body roll was dramatic enough that my three Boy Scout passengers even noticed it. I stopped 2-3 times on the way home trying to spot the problem but didn't figure it out until I got home.

And though some new to offroading think running without their antiswaybars is the cool thing to do, they should know that John Currie won the US National ARCA Rockcrawling series and he did so while running fully connected front and rear antiswaybars on his Currie Fireant Wrangler TJ.
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The coil springs on TJs are not really stable enough to drive around without a sway bar. It is ok offroad, but to remove it completely is probably not the best idea for a DD.
It depends on how you drive. I drove 3 months with no sway bar. I like the feel! Just don't think its a race car and throw it into a corner. It sways more, but its a jeep, so drive it like a jeep and you wont have a problem.
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It depends on how you drive. I drove 3 months with no sway bar. I like the feel! Just don't think its a race car and throw it into a corner. It sways more, but its a jeep, so drive it like a jeep and you wont have a problem.
So what happens when you are goin down the highway at 65 and something happens in front of you where you have to react? You are now put in a situation where you are gonna have to make a quick maneuver...something that will not be good if you dont have your sway bar on.
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Yep it never ceases to amaze me how people say they'll just drive slower so they won't have any problems. If we were able to control such stuff we wouldn't need seatbelts either.
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So what happens when you are goin down the highway at 65 and something happens in front of you where you have to react? You are now put in a situation where you are gonna have to make a quick maneuver...something that will not be good if you dont have your sway bar on.
Its not that big a deal. Go unhook it and see how it feels. It took me a few days before I knew it was broken. The weak currie sway bar would have the same issue. Jeeps are not made to swerve hard at freeway speeds. Add a 4" lift, body lift, and some big tires and you would be 5x worse than a stock jeep with no sway bars.
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Its not that big a deal. Go unhook it and see how it feels. It took me a few days before I knew it was broken. The weak currie sway bar would have the same issue. Jeeps are not made to swerve hard at freeway speeds. Add a 4" lift, body lift, and some big tires and you would be 5x worse than a stock jeep with no sway bars.
I have driven my jeep plenty without the swaybar on AND off the road. You dont HAVE a choice whether or not to swerve on the freeway if you are faced with that situation. The currie is also designed to adjust it to the stiffness you prefer. I have a 2.5" SL, a 1.25" BL, and 35s and my jeep is much more predictable with the sway bar attached rather than unattached. If you want to ride without a sway bar, thats your choice.
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It's surprising anyone would take "a few days" to notice a broken antiswaybar unless it was just driven slowly around town. I broke mine and it was very noticeable on the way back from the wheeling trip that broke it. Even the three Boy Scouts riding with me noticed it and commented even though I hadn't said anything while driving back through the mountains. I stopped 2-3 times on the way home trying to see what was wrong but didn't spot the broken link until after I got home.
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I have mine hooked up on the road. If there was a stiffer one, I would buy it. I would never ever want a weaker sway bar for street use. I don't choose to run without a sway bar on the street, but I have, and it was not scary like some people think. Without the sway bar it still will turn 5x faster than my motorhome would.
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It's surprising anyone would take "a few days" to notice a broken antiswaybar unless it was just driven slowly around town. I broke mine and it was very noticeable on the way back from the wheeling trip that broke it. Even the three Boy Scouts riding with me noticed it and commented even though I hadn't said anything while driving back through the mountains. I stopped 2-3 times on the way home trying to see what was wrong but didn't spot the broken link until after I got home.
This was a rear link though wasnt it Jerry? A front link might be a little less noticeable.
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It's surprising anyone would take "a few days" to notice a broken antiswaybar unless it was just driven slowly around town. I broke mine and it was very noticeable on the way back from the wheeling trip that broke it. Even the three Boy Scouts riding with me noticed it and commented even though I hadn't said anything while driving back through the mountains. I stopped 2-3 times on the way home trying to see what was wrong but didn't spot the broken link until after I got home.
I have pretty stiff shocks. With soft shocks it would make a much bigger difference.
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I have pretty stiff shocks. With soft shocks it would make a much bigger difference.
That is very true.
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i used pb for a couple of days and wd40. also i drove with the sway bar link off for a couple of days and i could tell the difference. terminator.. taking the sway bar link off is easy. i took my tire off and stuff and it came right out with a monkey wrench. so good luck.
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Guys, run sway bars, wear your seat belts, and use parking brakes. These things shouldn't be optional.
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I put a 4x4 block of wood between the frame and the swaybar link and gave the side of the swaybar right next to the link a few whacks with the ole' 3 pounder. It fell right out just like you would do with a tie rod end or ball joint.
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haha, 1st of all sway bar or not, something runs in front a you at 65 mph, ur gonna hit a ditch anyways..... in my case ill just run it over, i drive 100 miles everyday and its all interstate at about 75 mph and i dont run a swaybar and i love it. try it......
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haha, 1st of all sway bar or not, something runs in front a you at 65 mph, ur gonna hit a ditch anyways..... in my case ill just run it over, i drive 100 miles everyday and its all interstate at about 75 mph and i dont run a swaybar and i love it. try it......
What does a ditch have to do with stability? Running without a swaybar is unsafe, period. But do as you wish...

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