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Unread 06-17-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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Sway bar end link not lining up

So my driver side sway bar end link has been disconnected at the top ball joint but I replaced it last week. Yesterday I noticed it had disconnected from the bottom. I think it's because it wasn't flush against the bushing? Anyway, this is what it looks like now facing the front of the jeep (tire on right). It seems there's too much room between the bottom of the link and where it bolts onto.

I have to replace the bushings, I'm wondering if changing those will help it line back up? Is the bar just shifted over a bit?
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Unread 06-17-2013, 04:03 PM   #2
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Jack up the axle until it lines up and put the bolt in. The ball joint part swivels, it's hard to move when it's brand new but it will with some doing.

Or am I reading your post wrong?
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Unread 06-17-2013, 04:48 PM   #3
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What does the other side look like?
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i'm with jason on this one. My quicker disocs aren't perfectly up and down, the balls in the joints rotate a little to match up.
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Get tough with it , Use a jack or a hammer or hands
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Jack up the axle until it lines up and put the bolt in. The ball joint part swivels, it's hard to move when it's brand new but it will with some doing.

Or am I reading your post wrong?
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It'll go if you line it up by jacking the axle up. If not, get rough like Roskoe said. Mine did the same thing to me
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Try pulling one tire up on a curb.
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Thanks for the replies!

Okay so that original photo was taken while the Jeep was on the lift at the shop getting new tires. However, now that the Jeep is on the ground, the link seems to line up much better...there's still this small gap that doesn't allow for the end link to match up perfectly with the hole coming off the axle (red circle) but I think it should be ok if I just jack up the axle like some of you have stated. When I was installing it last week I noticed it didn't want to sit perfectly flush, maybe that's why it became unseated?

Now I just need to find another bushing, the inner sleeve and hardware. I've seen some people saying they replaced the bolt with a high grade one (size: 1/2"?) that isn't a torx head.

Here are the two sides now:
Drivers

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It doesn't matter that its off like that. Its not going to be perfect.
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Okay so that original photo was taken while the Jeep was on the lift at the shop getting new tires. However, now that the Jeep is on the ground, the link seems to line up much better...
There's a thing called trackbar on your Jeep When the front axle is drooping (ie. Jeep is on a lift supported at the frame rails) trackbar pulls the axle sideways towards driver's side. When the suspension compresses, the axle is shifted towards passenger side. This is what caused your swaybar endlink to not line up when the Jeep was on the lift. Nothing to worry about, it's 100% normal.

One thing that can also happen if you only have one endlink disconnected is the swaybar could move left or right inside the frame bushings when the suspension cycles up and down. If that happens, loosen the swaybar bushing supports a bit, re-center the swaybar and tighten up swaybar mounting bolts.
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Ah okay, that makes sense. I was going to replace my bushings anyway. Thanks.
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