Here you can clearly see the old bolt as it is all rusty and dirty. I would recommend using the old bolt for this, unless the metric ones fit, then by all means use those.
Button it all up and tighten it all down. Passenger side done. Now on to the driver as this one is a bit more tricky
Once again trimming is required. Follow the same steps as before. line what needs to be cut, cut it, then clean it up.
On the drivers side is the steering box and it gets in the way of putting the bolt through to the outside for the bracket. I have small hands, so I was able to JUST BARELY get them in and KEEP them in. I put washers on both sides, as this metal is fairly thin.
All done. Everything is tightened up TIGHT. Check over again for loose bolts or things you may have took up/removed bolts from.
I started this project at around 9pm. I didn't get back into the house after all the cleaning until about 1 o'clock with getting to bed a 2...and I had school the next day.
When you are installing all the nuts and bolts, I recommend getting them just enough to where the nut is on the bolt all the way but not to where you can't adjust things, need be to get other stuff aligned. If I would have done this, I would have probably subtracted 45 mins off of my install. Oh well. Live and learn I guess.
After driving it to school today, the sway bar is indeed hitting the bolt head for the rear hole (closest to cab) on the bracket whenever the suspension compress enough to move the swaybar the bit need to make contact with the head. Because I used bolts that I already had, grade 8 SAE I believe, the bolt head is not the same as if I were to use the c4x4 bolts because they have a rounded head.
I may have to grind off a bit of the bolt head just a bit to make it stop. I guess I'll do a swaybar-connected articulation test after that to see if it fixes it. I really don't want to grind at the sway bar because if I get it off, it might not go back on... But then again I don't want to grind the bolt away if i'll ever need to get it back off.
I'll post updates. Tell me what you think or want to see more of. I'd be glad to get some more pictures for you guys.
PS. My xj looks like poo when it's dirty like that. Mud covered on the side I can do, but on the front end, no thank you