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Unread 07-12-2011, 12:04 PM   #1
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Help on changing the sway bar bushings-05 WK Limited

The clunk noise from the front wheel while parking or driving slow came back. I will just go ahead and change the sway bar bushings. I am not mechanic savvy and would like to get some help from you guys on how to perform the job.

Couple things for now:

- a detail instruction would be very appreciated and stuff to watch out for.
- In the picture attached, I highlighted the 2 parts I need to order. Wanna make sure I won't be ordering the wrong parts.
- I heard there are 2 sizes for the bushings. 30MM and 33MM. How can I find out which ones I need before ordering them?

Thank you guys for helping out!

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Unread 07-12-2011, 12:27 PM   #2
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justforjeeps.com, theyll ask for your vin number and get your squared away.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 12:43 PM   #3
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^This. Since yours is an 05, you'll probably be better off soaking the bolt heads on the sway bar bushings in penetrating oil the night before. It made mine a lot easier. Also, when changing them, don't let the sway bar fall on your head or arm. It hurts....
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Unread 07-12-2011, 01:01 PM   #4
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^This. Since yours is an 05, you'll probably be better off soaking the bolt heads on the sway bar bushings in penetrating oil the night before. It made mine a lot easier. Also, when changing them, don't let the sway bar fall on your head or arm. It hurts....
Thx man. I will keep the "not letting the bar fall" part in mind. Do I need to remove the wheels too? I literally have no idea what I am going to do with this. What I have in mind is to take off the bolts, remove the bolts and brackets, replace the bushings and put it back together. I do think I am over simplifying things big time here. More sharing on your experience will be great.

Grease on the inside of the bushings?
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Unread 07-12-2011, 01:48 PM   #5
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Thx man. I will keep the "not letting the bar fall" part in mind. Do I need to remove the wheels too? I literally have no idea what I am going to do with this. What I have in mind is to take off the bolts, remove the bolts and brackets, replace the bushings and put it back together. I do think I am over simplifying things big time here. More sharing on your experience will be great.

Grease on the inside of the bushings?
yes
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Unread 07-12-2011, 02:13 PM   #6
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While you're ordering parts go ahead a get some end links. Trust me, if your bushings are shot then the end links are going to make noise soon as well.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 05:53 PM   #7
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Thx man. I will keep the "not letting the bar fall" part in mind. Do I need to remove the wheels too? I literally have no idea what I am going to do with this. What I have in mind is to take off the bolts, remove the bolts and brackets, replace the bushings and put it back together. I do think I am over simplifying things big time here. More sharing on your experience will be great.

Grease on the inside of the bushings?
If you replace one at a time instead of pulling them both off at once you will eliminate the chance of having the sway bar fall and hit you

No, you do not need to remove the wheels. This job is just as easy as it looks. 15-20 minutes. Mine is also an '05 and I was able to get them off without soaking them, but I may have just been lucky. I have seen that suggestion multiple times so there must be something to it.

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Unread 07-12-2011, 05:57 PM   #8
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Check out this thread. It will give you all the info you need including part numbers and where to order from: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f67/f...oints-1128317/
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Unread 07-12-2011, 09:46 PM   #9
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While you're ordering parts go ahead a get some end links. Trust me, if your bushings are shot then the end links are going to make noise soon as well.
i dont agree. there is no need to replace parts that are not faulty.

as someone else mentioned, do one side at a time. you do not need to remove the wheels.

i ended up using a floor jack to get the bolts lined up again for re installation and to make it easier to remove the bolts once they have been loosened. i used an impact wrench and a few extensions/universal joints to take the bolts off.
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Unread 07-15-2011, 03:05 PM   #10
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Thank you guys for all the information. Ordered the parts from justforjeep and will work on the car next week once the part arrived. Will keep you all updated. Hopefully I won't need to go for the links.
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Unread 10-24-2013, 10:02 PM   #11
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I changed my front sway bar bushings, clunking sound is gone now. For my Jeep GC 2005 3.0 CRD WH it is partnr 52090155AH and 52090474AB, 33mm, just google for a good price. Be aware to put in the bolts straight, so don't demage the screw-thread.
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Unread 10-26-2013, 10:15 AM   #12
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I would highlight recommend changing out the links at the same time. Probably an extra $50-60 for a set end links.
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