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Old 07-10-2008, 06:34 PM   #1
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Who in here, with a high signal-to-noise ratio, (Jerry and tazmann know what i mean lol) with LESS than 6,000 posts can tell me how well replacing these should go...I've taken a look what what im dealing with, but some pointers would be grand, as well as how much should i expect to pay for the links?

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Can we assume that you are doing some JKS or something similar quick disconnecting sway bar links?

The install is easy. A BFH and a few minutes with the bolts and you are good to go again.

I think I qualify under your description (I'm not to 6k posts yet. )

Oh sorry forgot part. I imagine you'd expect to pay about a hundred and a quarter for a good set.

Edit: Let me say that I "Wasn't" at 6k posts when I posted this post originally.

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Who in here, with a high signal-to-noise ratio, (Jerry and tazmann know what i mean lol) with LESS than 6,000 posts can tell me how well replacing these should go...I've taken a look what what im dealing with, but some pointers would be grand, as well as how much should i expect to pay for the links?

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Hmmm.................... I don't have enough posts to answer that one. 6k posts and up makes you an expert.
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Hah, nice Birdkilla!

Well, the front antiswaybar links come off without too much drama. Of course unbolt their lower ends from the axle using a T-50 (T-55?) torx and a wrench, that's pretty easy. The tops of the links are a press/tapered fit into the anti-swaybar itself. There's two ways to get them out. First, after removing the nut that holds the link to the antiswaybar, try using a small smooth-faced sledge hammer to pound on the SIDE of the antiswaybar itself, right next to where the tapered link pin passes through. Hit hard enough, it should pop out after 3-4 good man-size whacks. Perhaps a little Liquid Wrench, PB-Blaster, Break-Free, etc. sprayed on top and given a little time to soak down into the tapered joint might help. Pounding on the side generally pops tapered joints apart more easily and faster than most other methods including pullers.

HOWEVER, the antiswaybar does flex when you're pounding which absorbs some of the force of the hammer. If you just can't get it out, I would remove the antiswaybar entirely which only takes 5 or 10 minutes. Remove the black plastic cover (four bolts) behind the bumper (on top of the frame) and you will see the antiswaybar held to the chassis by four bolts, two per bracket. Remove them and the antiswaybar will lift right out. Then you can secure the very end of the swaybar into a big vise so it can't flex when banging on the side of the antiswaybar, again right next to where the link's pin passes through. Trust me, that method works well as I completely removed my entire steering and antiswaybar components like that.

If you just can't even get it out then, thread the antiswaybar link's nut back on (you did remove that earlier right? ) so it is flush with the threaded stud then pound it out with the sledge hammer. The end of the antiswaybar is still firmly held in the vise at this point so it can't flex as you work on it.

Installing the new quick disconnects is just the opposite but obviously a LOT easier.
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Hmmm.................... I don't have enough posts to answer that one. 6k posts and up makes you an expert.
No, having over 6K posts would disqualify you, so you and I are free to respond.
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Good call on the PB Blaster Jerry. That's the only thing that I would add to my comments. That stuff can really be your friend when trying to removed tapered stuff.

We have a 3 whack rule on TRE's and such. You'd better have the thing drop out after 3 whacks to the side or your doin it wrong.
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Old 07-10-2008, 06:53 PM   #7
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it sure is nice to see people on here with an answer from their brain, and not their fingertips
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I used an TRE fork and stick in in a roto-hammer, suckers fall right out.
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got mine out with a pitman arm puller adjusted down small enough to fit. all you gotta do is turn the wrench.

JKS are the way to go. I think the quicker discos are about $150 but you can find them in local shops for around $125 if your lucky.

Just make sure you put the saddle brackets on TOP of the sway bar. If you choose the bottom I won't fault you for it, but don't be like my neighbor and put one on top and one on bottom and then ask me why you have such wicked 'gangster lean'
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and can this be done without jacking up the front end?
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and can this be done without jacking up the front end?
Don't jack anything up. Park your rig on an even ground and wrench away.

As for the people saying they are easy.. lol tell that to some folks on the forum. They can be very very hard especially when you follow advice some knowledgeable people here give you about using a big effen hammer and you end up making the tapered end look like a mushroom.

The way i did mine is i removed the nut on top, then hit the sway bar up and it popped off, then i undid the bottom bolt and replaced them.
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use something like a tie rod end puller and you can remove the end lik without any problems in only a fw seconds.
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use something like a tie rod end puller and you can remove the end lik without any problems in only a fw seconds.
By the time you can find the tie rod puller, mount it, and get the TRE off, I can have the TRE off & the new link installed using the above method Jack & I recommended. It takes seconds to get the TRE off and you don't need a tie rod end puller.
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By the time you can find the tie rod puller, mount it, and get the TRE off, I can have the TRE off & the new link installed using the above method Jack & I recommended. It takes seconds to get the TRE off and you don't need a tie rod end puller.
that was only for the guys they don´t like to hit their new jeep with a hammer...
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I used one of these in my roto-hammer. It honestly took about 5 seconds for it to separate the two. That fork costs about $15 at your local parts store. If you dont have a roto-hammer use an actual hammer, it will work.
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I did mine in the winter, i dont know if shrinkage helped but it popped out easy as hell.
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I also use a roto-hammer...
It makes the job done easily...
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I have nothing to add, it has been covered well. But I just had to chime in because I am glad it is getting noticed. And yet he still chimed in with rewording an answer that was already given.

Thanks birdkilla.

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Who in here, with a high signal-to-noise ratio, (Jerry and tazmann know what i mean lol) with LESS than 6,000 posts can tell me how well replacing these should go.
Actually, anyone with half a brain knows exactly what you mean.... I did my quickers while I did my lift which made a few things easier in my opinion but I'm disqualified for participation.
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I rubbed baby oil............oops wrong forum.

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