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Unread 11-02-2013, 02:40 PM   #871
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Just a suggestion, look into so spacers to keep the links from sliding around. They get noisy and clink and clank over everything.

Yea, that last pic was just tossed together for demo purposes, Im at the hardware store now to track down a spacer. Im sure itd be noisy as hell just loose in there haha.

Edit: what are those spacers made of?

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Unread 11-02-2013, 03:48 PM   #872
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Nvm, got it lined out after a little trial and error with the hardware store.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 04:07 PM   #873
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****ty pic quality but links are done. Currently going at the Jeep with the drill and cutoff wheel. :/
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Unread 11-02-2013, 07:03 PM   #874
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Finished up *****ez!

Cut off the old n drilled me a big ol hole.


Run a couple quick welds to hold it, and grinded smooth. Beat it with 3lb mini sledge, didnt fail.


All done up.


Still gotta do some work to give me studs to hang them on when they are disco'd, but so far im so pumped. Just took it for a drive and it was smooth, no clunk, no anything. Pulled in the backyard, pulled a pin on each side and they came right off. Went to hook back up but couldnt get drivers side on due to being parked on a slant. So I backed up to get on a level spot, got out and found the heim had slid itself onto the pin by itself. I think these will serve me well, and it feels even better to know: A. put it together on my own, and B. i spent less than $40 on this. Took a half days worth of work off and on but I enjoy this stuff so I wont consider that a cost.
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Unread 11-02-2013, 07:09 PM   #875
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Still gotta do some work to give me studs to hang them on when they are disco'd, but so far im so pumped. Just took it for a drive and it was smooth, no clunk, no anything. Pulled in the backyard, pulled a pin on each side and they came right off. Went to hook back up but couldnt get drivers side on due to being parked on a slant. So I backed up to get on a level spot, got out and found the heim had slid itself onto the pin by itself. I think these will serve me well, and it feels even better to know: A. put it together on my own, and B. i spent less than $40 on this. Took a half days worth of work off and on but I enjoy this stuff so I wont consider that a cost.
Were did you get the hiems?
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Unread 11-02-2013, 07:19 PM   #876
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Were did you get the hiems?
Supplier on eBay actually.
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Unread 11-03-2013, 05:43 AM   #877
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Once again I am very impressed with one of your projects! I'm going to add this to my project list. The PO cut off the sway bar mounts from the axle, so it may be a little more involved! I'm thinking about the 2" raised sway bar brackets from Zone.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 08:27 AM   #878
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Cut the stud off flush with the bracket, leaving the head in tact.
then.... HEAT!!!!
Get the torch on those pressed in studs in the sway bar brackets on the axle.
Get those things glowing red hot and start working them loose with a torx bit and breaker bar (they WILL start to budge)
...Then press/pull them out with a puller... (like a pitman arm puller, or a steering wheel puller)
This is how I did it, and it works great! (no drilling required.)
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Unread 11-04-2013, 09:04 AM   #879
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Once again I am very impressed with one of your projects! I'm going to add this to my project list. The PO cut off the sway bar mounts from the axle, so it may be a little more involved! I'm thinking about the 2" raised sway bar brackets from Zone.
Thanks! And if you have access to a welder getting mounts back wont be a problem at all.

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Cut the stud off flush with the bracket, leaving the head in tact.
then.... HEAT!!!!
Get the torch on those pressed in studs in the sway bar brackets on the axle.
Get those things glowing red hot and start working them loose with a torx bit and breaker bar (they WILL start to budge)
...Then press/pull them out with a puller... (like a pitman arm puller, or a steering wheel puller)
This is how I did it, and it works great! (no drilling required.)
I had considering going through the heating and pressing out process, but ended up just slicing and drilling. Used good bits cutting oil and it went right on through. I was going to have to drill a little anyway to accept the larger 1/2" pins Im using.

This is up there in the "one of my favorite mods" category for me. Its nice to be able to keep it hooked up (and quiet) for street use, but still be able to disconnect at a moments notice if needed. Im especially happy to have not had to shell out over a 100 bucks on a pair, cause Id probably have just left the swaybar off before I did that haha.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 09:25 AM   #880
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Thanks! And if you have access to a welder getting mounts back wont be a problem at all.



I had considering going through the heating and pressing out process, but ended up just slicing and drilling. Used good bits cutting oil and it went right on through. I was going to have to drill a little anyway to accept the larger 1/2" pins Im using.

This is up there in the "one of my favorite mods" category for me. Its nice to be able to keep it hooked up (and quiet) for street use, but still be able to disconnect at a moments notice if needed. Im especially happy to have not had to shell out over a 100 bucks on a pair, cause Id probably have just left the swaybar off before I did that haha.
Ahhh....gotchya.
Your's and mine are real similar, I didnt make my own bar brackets though, I "re-purposed" the ones I had left over from the ProComp Lift.
Other than that, our designs are real similar.
Now that I'm OTK with my steering, (and had to cut my sway bar brackets off to get there)... I need to get some replacements and get them welded back on to hook MY sway bar disconnects back up.
Good job by the way, cant wait to see 'em hooked up!
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I dont understand these swaybar things you keep talking about


haha looks good man! if i was driving my kid around in it id run sway too! good job
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Unread 11-04-2013, 03:57 PM   #883
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Ahhh....gotchya.
Your's and mine are real similar, I didnt make my own bar brackets though, I "re-purposed" the ones I had left over from the ProComp Lift.
Other than that, our designs are real similar.
Now that I'm OTK with my steering, (and had to cut my sway bar brackets off to get there)... I need to get some replacements and get them welded back on to hook MY sway bar disconnects back up.
Good job by the way, cant wait to see 'em hooked up!
Thanks man. And Im super jealous of that OTK setup of yours. One day Ill be there too, baby steps haha.

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I dont understand these swaybar things you keep talking about


haha looks good man! if i was driving my kid around in it id run sway too! good job
Thanks man! And lol at the swaybar thing. Id been running without mine for a while and honestly cant tell much of a difference in handling with normal driving situations, only in "ohh **** i gotta swerve to miss this *******" situations was when I considered other options.

I do drive it a lot, including long drives to take it wheeling for the weekend. My biggest thing was Id hook up factory links, then Id run into scenarios where I wish I just had them off, so Id pull em off for a couple weeks. Then after that some dick would cut me off so Id bolt links on.

I figured if Id put some effort into this that itd be so easy to connect/disconnect that really wouldnt have an excuse to run discod on the street again, and my little girl wouldnt be spilling **** in the back from body roll haha.

Heres a couple pics of final fitment.


Grab a pin, slide off, swing up, done.


Still need to fix up a spot for them to swing up to when they are disco'd, but it now official is dark when I get off work so I may have to do that over the weekend. Dark makes me tired lol.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #884
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Here's what I did for "Disco Keepers"
No more Whiskey Tango zip ties/rope/wire holding them up when out on the trails.... My welds aren't the prettiest, but they hold up. (sorry for the dirty pics - this is post trail use - and a little more mud than should be up there for picture's sake)
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1/2" x 2.5" hex head bolts, welded to my front tow hook brackets.

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they're not there any more as i'm not running my tow hooks any more.
(its the tow hook brackets those are welded to)
Worked real good though.
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^^^ That's a helluva'n idea.
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