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Old 11-27-2012, 12:35 PM   #1
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Question Sway Bar Link Replacement

So I have the OE Ball and Socket style link and poped one sometime in the last week. I figure it is best to replace with a set of quick disconnects, everything looks pretty straight forward but wanted to see what you all think the easiest way to get the ball and socket joint apart on the other side, I have heard tie rod end puller or pickle fork both are ok are there any easier ways?

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Old 11-27-2012, 12:53 PM   #2
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I bet George/Rooster has an extra he is getting rid of lol

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Old 11-27-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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I bet George/Rooster has an extra he is getting rid of lol
hahaha indeed I do. I have 3 straight ones and one that I custom made myself. If you need one until you get new ones let me know and it's yours. I ordered new ones yesterday and have no use for the old ones now
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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I am going to order at the end of the week (payday). I was really worried about its road manners, but it isn't bad at all. Sounds like you have some experience with install of them, how much of a PITA is it to get the ball dislodged from the socket? That is the only part of the process that I am really concerned with...
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:16 PM   #5
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I have one for a TJ that you're welcome to. I prefer a tre puller to a pickle fork, less likely to smash the shit out of your hand
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I appreciate it, but I'll just wait until I get the discos and only install once. Its been behaving its self on the road without much difference.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:51 PM   #7
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Up to you but you might want to check with some of the folks who did the Sunday run at Jeeptober. I did a very spectacular demonstration of what can happen when running without a front swaybar...
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Up to you but you might want to check with some of the folks who did the Sunday run at Jeeptober. I did a very spectacular demonstration of what can happen when running without a front swaybar...
True that.
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Up to you but you might want to check with some of the folks who did the Sunday run at Jeeptober. I did a very spectacular demonstration of what can happen when running without a front swaybar...
Yes he did...quite the show and I had front row seats....but, no coffee was spilled
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I appreciate it, but I'll just wait until I get the discos and only install once. Its been behaving its self on the road without much difference.
I know what you mean. I've been running disconnected since bending my link into a C on sunday and am surprised as to how it's not completely out of control on the road. On the highway I could barely tell a difference, but now that I'm back in Denver I can DEFINITELY tell that I'm disconnected when turning right or left at intersections

IMO as long as you're not reckless, you'll be fine. I have been at least. At the same time, my new links can't get here soon enough for the city driving to calm back down
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It's not a question of reckless, but tell me what you think would happen if you had to make a sudden evasive maneuver at about 60?
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It's not a question of reckless, but tell me what you think would happen if you had to make a sudden evasive maneuver at about 60?
Oh it would almost definitely be disastrous, there's just no way around it. I really want to be connected again and am being as careful as I can until my new links get here in a few days. I've just been surprised as to how it wasn't OC on the road
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:34 PM   #13
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That's the really scary thing, unless you have to do something really sudden it seems really stable. Then all of a sudden it's not, way not. I didn't even think about it that day, we were just driving to a trail, no big deal. I wasn't paying close enough attention, moved into the opposing lane and had to do a sharp swerve back. Bang, I'm in a four wheel drift doing about fifty. So I'm drifting back and forth between two lanes because if I hit the shoulder I'd have rolled. Finally got it stopped with a one eighty and some melted rubber but it could have been really, really bad. Scared the living shit out of me. I had like eight jeeps behind me and I had no idea where they were. Could have been a very ugly pileup. Because I was stupid and didn't think. That's why I'm a hardcase about disconnects.
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That's the really scary thing, unless you have to do something really sudden it seems really stable. Then all of a sudden it's not, way not. I didn't even think about it that day, we were just driving to a trail, no big deal. I wasn't paying close enough attention, moved into the opposing lane and had to do a sharp swerve back. Bang, I'm in a four wheel drift doing about fifty. So I'm drifting back and forth between two lanes because if I hit the shoulder I'd have rolled. Finally got it stopped with a one eighty and some melted rubber but it could have been really, really bad. Scared the living shit out of me. I had like eight jeeps behind me and I had no idea where they were. Could have been a very ugly pileup. Because I was stupid and didn't think. That's why I'm a hardcase about disconnects.
Damn! That sounds like a nightmare. I've been very careful, but after reading this I almost want to park the jeep till I get the new links in. If I didn't need to drive this week I most certainly would.

Glad you made it through ok. That must have been the day after chinaman? My brothers and I were missed the second day of that trip as they had to fly home on Sunday
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Yeah, it wasn't the highlight of my weekend After I got back I completely redid my disconnects so that now they are so easy to deal with I don't even think about it. They were such a pain to deal with I just went "It won't matter". Yeah, right.
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Holy crap Ed. Glad you were able to keep the jeep on the tires.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:04 AM   #17
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:29 AM   #18
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Holy crap man, thankfully everything turned out ok. I very rarely drive highways here in town so I should be ok till next week. I'll make sure to take it easy on the toys for tots run so I don't get myself into any trouble.

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That's the really scary thing, unless you have to do something really sudden it seems really stable. Then all of a sudden it's not, way not. I didn't even think about it that day, we were just driving to a trail, no big deal. I wasn't paying close enough attention, moved into the opposing lane and had to do a sharp swerve back. Bang, I'm in a four wheel drift doing about fifty. So I'm drifting back and forth between two lanes because if I hit the shoulder I'd have rolled. Finally got it stopped with a one eighty and some melted rubber but it could have been really, really bad. Scared the living shit out of me. I had like eight jeeps behind me and I had no idea where they were. Could have been a very ugly pileup. Because I was stupid and didn't think. That's why I'm a hardcase about disconnects.

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