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Old 04-21-2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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Sway bar link bolt question

I hope somebody here can answer my question.
The bolt on the bracket that attaches the sway bar link to the axle broke the threads off when we tried to replace the link. We had to grind the remainder of the bolts and sleeves off since they were rusted on and are now useless.
Obviously now we have to put new bolts on it. Are regular grade 8's acceptable?
When I order the new end links here:
Original Replacement Parts 52087771 - Front Sway Bar Link for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited w/o Lift - Quadratec
do I also need to order these sleeves:
Skyjacker Suspension 141509 - Skyjacker Sway Bar Bushing Sleeve for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ - Quadratec
to go over the new bolts?

Thanks for any help anyone can offer!

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Old 07-07-2014, 12:54 AM   #2
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Old post. No replies? I snapped off the same bolt this morning. Stuck a grade 8 in there until I can track down the OEM bolt. Since a bolted connection is designed to clamp the load, with the amount of holding power due to friction directly proportional to the torque of the bolt itself, clearly it doesn't matter what bolt is used. (In this case, it's only torqued to 40 or 45 foot pounds.) Keep in mind that torque wrench accuracy is ~30% off. So, what is special about the OEM bolt? Well, it did have a taper on the button head side, keeping the bolt from clanging around in the bore if the force impulse applied to the connection exceeded the clamp load. Just say'in.

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If you're talking about the lower bolt I snapped one of mine off too. I used grade 8.
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