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02-10-2013 05:10 PM
gryph
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
Arw you saying it took almost an entire yeae to fix your links?
No...lol.....just stumbled across this thread ! I swapped the links the next trip down to that house.
02-08-2013 10:45 PM
TJDave I used the hammer method too, but left the swaybar on the Jeep. I don't live where vehicles rust, so they just popped out.
02-08-2013 10:27 PM
BLK00TJ
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Originally Posted by gryph View Post
One sharp hit with a small sledge hammer.....done
Arw you saying it took almost an entire yeae to fix your links?
02-08-2013 09:32 PM
gryph One sharp hit with a small sledge hammer.....done
02-29-2012 08:30 PM
gryph
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
It is admirable that you have no vices but a vise would be real handy for this job.
I'm the poster boy for vices.............just don't have one at the beach house !!!


I'll bring a torch just in case !
02-28-2012 09:48 PM
BLK00TJ Yep. It was propane. worked when I couldn't get the bolt to budge with a pickle fork and the hammer.
02-28-2012 09:35 PM
BLK00TJ
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
Are you saying you have actually been successfull heating bolts of that size to cherry red with a butane torch?
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Originally Posted by Rubicondon53 View Post
Ah,, would you believe propane? Hmm, would you believe ,,,, ( old "Get Smart" line). LOL.
May be right there. I bought it jsut for that job and haven't looked since.
02-28-2012 09:30 PM
Rubicondon53
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
Are you saying you have actually been successfull heating bolts of that size to cherry red with a butane torch?
Ah,, would you believe propane? Hmm, would you believe ,,,, ( old "Get Smart" line). LOL.
02-28-2012 09:20 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by BLK00TJ View Post
Use a butane torch to heat the bolts. Once they are glowing red, a 2lb hammer should pop them out easy with a few whacks.
Are you saying you have actually been successfull heating bolts of that size to cherry red with a butane torch?
02-28-2012 09:17 PM
BLK00TJ Use a butane torch to heat the bolts. Once they are glowing red, a 2lb hammer should pop them out easy with a few whacks.
02-28-2012 09:00 PM
Rubicondon53
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
By far, the fastest and easiest way to get those links out is to actually remove the entire antiswaybar and place the ends of the antiswaybar into a vise. Then, using a small 2 lb. smooth face sledge hammer, whack HARD on the SIDE of the antiswaybar right next to where the link's tapered stud passes through. The stud is tapered so it will pop out if you do it that way. Don't smack the stud itself which will deform it and cause it to set itself even tighter into the antiswaybar.

Leaving the antiswaybar in the Jeep allows the antiswaybar to bend and absorb the energy of the blow instead of popping the stud free. Only two pairs of bolts under the plastic cover behind the front bumper hold the antiswaybar in. Removing those four bolts allows you to just lift the antiswaybar up and out, take 2 minutes max.

A pickle fork can be used to separate the stud from the antiswaybar if you have one. But if you don't, just use this procedure which will have the links out in ten minutes from start to finish. Place the very end of the antiswaybar into the vise so it can't flex and absorb the force of the sledge hammer as happens when the antiswaybar is allowed to stay in the Jeep.

Getting the antiswaybar's tapered studs out of the antiswaybar that hold the links in place can be terribly frustrating if you try to get them out any other way.
Wow,, good advise,, mine just fell out.. after a couple of light taps with a small ball peen. I'm lucky that way..
02-28-2012 08:37 PM
Jerry Bransford
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Originally Posted by gryph View Post
no vice either...
It is admirable that you have no vices but a vise would be real handy for this job.
02-28-2012 08:32 PM
gryph no vice either.......maybe I find a pittman arm puller
02-26-2012 11:00 PM
Jeep_ODST Also, you can use a pittman arm puller, the local autozone had one as a free loaner, separated mine in seconds.
02-26-2012 09:56 PM
Jerry Bransford By far, the fastest and easiest way to get those links out is to actually remove the entire antiswaybar and place the ends of the antiswaybar into a vise. Then, using a small 2 lb. smooth face sledge hammer, whack HARD on the SIDE of the antiswaybar right next to where the link's tapered stud passes through. The stud is tapered so it will pop out if you do it that way. Don't smack the stud itself which will deform it and cause it to set itself even tighter into the antiswaybar.

Leaving the antiswaybar in the Jeep allows the antiswaybar to bend and absorb the energy of the blow instead of popping the stud free. Only two pairs of bolts under the plastic cover behind the front bumper hold the antiswaybar in. Removing those four bolts allows you to just lift the antiswaybar up and out, take 2 minutes max.

A pickle fork can be used to separate the stud from the antiswaybar if you have one. But if you don't, just use this procedure which will have the links out in ten minutes from start to finish. Place the very end of the antiswaybar into the vise so it can't flex and absorb the force of the sledge hammer as happens when the antiswaybar is allowed to stay in the Jeep.

Getting the antiswaybar's tapered studs out of the antiswaybar that hold the links in place can be terribly frustrating if you try to get them out any other way.
02-26-2012 08:47 PM
gryph
JKS sway bar links

Last week I broke a stock sway bar link while off road with my TJ.

I ended up buying JKS disconnects 2.5"-6" for my TJ which is lifted 2.5"

Problem is I have a limited selection of tools at my NC house....so the question is how hard is the swap in terms of getting the old links out?

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