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Unread 07-15-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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WJ Sway Bar Issue

Hello All,

I am a long time creeper on this site and finally have my own Jeep! I can say that this site is a fountain of knowledge.

The first thing that was on the upgrade list was some suspension upgrades as my WJ is my daily driver. It is a 2002 Laredo. I contacted Kolak and ordered Mopar Upcountry springs, new isolators, Bilstein HD shocks, Addco front sway bar, Addco rear sway bar with grease bushing and new sway bar links.

I recently moved, and the down side was that I lost my garage and tool access. So, I had to have someone install all of the above. Everything was wonderful, but I noticed that there was a clunk from the front end and found the sway bar link had slid off of the bushing and was clunking around. Has anyone seen this happen before?!

I am going to go take a pic for bette reference. I am also waiting for input directly from Kolak as well seeing as he is a WJ guru. Thanks in advance everyone.

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Unread 07-15-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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Here is a photo. The bushing itself looks in good shape. My first inclination is that the links were installed backwards or the bar was not centered.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 09:40 PM   #3
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Also longer bolts were installed and to clarify orientation the end of the bolt is towards the front tire, so the front tire is on the right of the photo.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 02:52 AM   #4
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Yes, definitely the blot is much longer than necessary. The issue though is you're missing a washer. On the inside there's a washer that prevents the link from slipping off of the bushing. Just took a look at mine to double check (it's original stock) and it is in fact there.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 06:25 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info and double checking. I was disappointed that the bolt had that excess length. Downfall of having someone else do the install is they are not picky like I would have been. Does anyone have the specifics of what size, length and grade bolt they used when doing the Addco front upgrade?

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Unread 07-16-2013, 06:40 AM   #6
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As I look at the pic, I see a washer on each side of the bushing. How did the link slip past the outside washer? Take a pic of the other end of the bar so we can see how the end link on that side is bolted up. I suspect that one is bolted on wrong as well. I don't think the extra length of the bolts is a problem.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 06:43 AM   #7
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Cykaaro any chance I can trouble you to snap a pic for reference?
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Unread 07-16-2013, 06:49 AM   #8
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Rm2001wj: I think the washer is missing, but unfortunately I cannot snap anymore pics. I dropped it off where the parts were installed along with some of my frustration this morning. I believe what you see in the pic is part of the bushing not a washer, but I could be mistaken without being able to crawl under my jeep. I will keep you all posted. If they did leave out washer that would eat up some of the bolt length. You do not think the extra length should cause an issue though?
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Unread 07-16-2013, 06:56 AM   #9
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it looks like the same thing that i accidentally did to mine. Add a washer with a larger outer diameter than the end link's opening that the bushing fits into (on the head side of the bolt) to fix it. The bolt does look like it might be a bit long (1/2" or so) but i don't think it should cause you any issues.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 12:44 PM   #10
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Thanks for the inputs guys, I think it was something simple like the installation was done wrong. I never would have thought somewhere with Jeep on the building could make that mistake, but I guess I may have been wrong on that one.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 03:05 PM   #11
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Got my answer as you guys guessed, the tech installed the washers in the wrong spot. Thankfully no real damage was done.

Thanks to everyone who posted and Kolak who helped by email.
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Unread 07-16-2013, 05:32 PM   #12
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Glad it was an easy fix and you got it done.
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