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Old 11-09-2015, 12:06 PM
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Swaybar links - bushings and bends

First post and new owner here. I have searched and found good reference but have not found specific prescription for my inquiry. After purchase my mechanic noticed sway bar rubbing the frame rub and thought the links looked a bit funny although nothing needing immediate attention or cash outlay...
I have looked up the sway bar rub and plan to replace the bushings and get the bar off the frame during that process.
Associated with that are the off angle swaybar links. I have been researching the links and see both straight and angled (not sure of difference) my jeep has a 3" lift and the sway links are angled. On left and right the angle appears to be stressing the bottom bushings. To my untrained eye they would appear to be installed in reverse.
Here is a link to the pics: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/erddx3jtn...5kFoxLa7a?dl=0

Are they installed correctly?
Can they be replaced with straight links which might not stress the bushings?
Do i even need to worry about this?

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Old 11-09-2015, 01:14 PM   #2
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those look to be installed on the wrong side or backwards. the eyelets should be parallel with the mounts.

you can flip the bolts, so the head is on the frame side, and that should eliminate the rub.

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Old 11-09-2015, 03:18 PM   #3
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I think those links need to be rotated 180 degrees. The straight links with my Zone lift are for the rear sway bar, angled for the front.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:01 PM
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Thanks! they look that way to me...
Now, any idea about which bushings will fit these links?
And is it as straightforward as just unbolting links popping out the old and pushing in the new bushings? Or is there some nuance or special tools needed?

Thanks again.
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Old 11-10-2015, 01:07 AM   #5
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The old bushings should come out by putting the end of the link in a vice and just pound it out using an old socket or really anything just undersized the link end. Spray silicone on the new ones and pound them in.
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Old 11-11-2015, 09:21 PM   #6
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Yes - I just replaced one this past weekend. From that pic you posted it needs rotated 180 degrees. By the looks of the bushing you should just buy new ones and replace them. New link bars should have bushings installed already.
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:30 AM   #7
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New fixed link bars shouldn't cost you too much when compared to a new set of bushing for them. They definitely need turned so that, coming up from the axle, they go inward toward the frame. This could be the source of your rubbing, but to be sure can you post a picture of where your track bar connects to the axle? Do you have a stock track bar or an adjustable one? Many lift kits reuse the stock track bar and say to drill a new set of holes so that the axle sits even under the frame. A simple check you could do is try and measure how far each tire sticks out from the frame. If one side sticks out more then you will want to get an adjustable track bar. I've had the same scenario and had to re-center my axle with an adjustable track bar to stop the sway bar links from rubbing on the frame.

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