||02-26-2012 09:56 PM
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.