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Unread 09-02-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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help re-connecting OEM sway bar link?

Forgive my ignorance here. I think I know the answer but seek confirmation.

I'm going through a recently purchased 84 Laredo. It's a daily driver and sees occasional highway miles. As such, I am looking to re-connect the sway bar. It is currently sitting in place, along with the links, and what looks like new bushings.

1) I've got to remove the top bolt on the links to re-connect them, correct? Both ends attach at the same time? Is there any way around this? I assume not.

2) To remove the top bolt, I've got to use a pickle fork, effectively destroying the existing bushing unless I'm missing something. At this point, it would be foolish to not simply slap on some disconnects, correct?

I'd like to just use what I have until they break. This seemingly extremely simple task is driving me nuts. Thanks for any help!

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Unread 09-02-2013, 10:29 AM   #2
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To explain exactly what your doing could you provide pictures of whats on your current setup?
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Unread 09-02-2013, 10:43 AM   #3
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Sounds as if all the hardware is there, you just need to reconnect it. Have someone help you. Often times having them either sit on the bumper or slightly lift it will allow you to align the link to the stud. Do one side, then go to the other side and pull on the sway bar. It will slide your way a little bit. Get the link lined up and pull out on it slightly. Bounce the Jeep up and down to get the height correct and slide it on. Put the nut on the studs and call it a day.
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Unread 09-02-2013, 11:51 PM   #4
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If I'm reading it right, the sway bar links are there and hanging from the top "hat" pin and not connected to the bottom spring plate pin.....Correct? And due to the new bushings, you can't swing them out to the side enough to clear the end of the bottom pin to slide them on...Correct?
Do not use a pickle fork. All you will do is booger everything up and still not remove them. Remove the nut on the upper hat pin and use a tie rod remover tool to pop or push it out. You really need this tool. http://www.amazon.com/OEM-27022-Tie-.../dp/B004FEPCFA
There is another way, but it involves supporting the frame, lowering the front axle, removing the spring plate, sliding it onto the link, and swinging it back under and reattach the U bolts.....just use the tool.
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Unread 09-03-2013, 12:04 AM   #5
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And IF you want to disconnect them from time to time, but don't want to have loose or rattling quick dis-connects, I have a write up, but due to the"confusing" pictures OR folks not familiar with the later CJ stock set-up....several fokes didn't get it.....oh well
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ho...te-up-1463921/
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Unread 09-03-2013, 05:59 AM   #6
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I took the sway bar completely off the CJ. Don't need it if you drive it like a Jeep.
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If I'm reading it right, the sway bar links are there and hanging from the top "hat" pin and not connected to the bottom spring plate pin.....Correct? And due to the new bushings, you can't swing them out to the side enough to clear the end of the bottom pin to slide them on...Correct?
Do not use a pickle fork. All you will do is booger everything up and still not remove them. Remove the nut on the upper hat pin and use a tie rod remover tool to pop or push it out. You really need this tool. http://www.amazon.com/OEM-27022-Tie-.../dp/B004FEPCFA
There is another way, but it involves supporting the frame, lowering the front axle, removing the spring plate, sliding it onto the link, and swinging it back under and reattach the U bolts.....just use the tool.
Precisely. I appreciate your assistance AND your witty sarcasm.
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Unread 09-03-2013, 04:44 PM   #8
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In the past, I've used a big C-clamp and socket as a make-shift press to drive those things out of the sway bar.
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Unread 09-04-2013, 11:19 AM   #9
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Thanks for the help. I assume tightening the bolt when re-installing them will seat the bolt sufficiently? I had to come to a hot stop from about 55 this morning. Thought I was going end over end. I WILL rectify this tonight!
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Yes, clean the threads in a wire wheel so the nut spins on and it should pull in, seat, and tighten without the pin spinning in the swaybar end.
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Use a little silicone grease between all the bushings and the bolts. It'll go on smoother, work smoother, and be easier to get back off in the future.
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Thanks for the help. I assume tightening the bolt when re-installing them will seat the bolt sufficiently? I had to come to a hot stop from about 55 this morning. Thought I was going end over end. I WILL rectify this tonight!

A disconnected sway bar shouldn't cause something that dramatic. I think you have something else going on under there.

Give us some more info on your CJ - lift (body or spring), tires, shackles, axles, etc.
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Unread 09-05-2013, 11:15 AM   #13
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Mission accomplished with the help of the ball joint separator and you fine folks. Thanks again!

@walkerhound: It was a REAL hard stop. The nose dipped hard to the driver side...it was alarming but maybe not as bad as I let on. My suspension and everything is stock. 31" tires. I intentionally hard stopped after connecting the sway bar and she held true and straight while braking.
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Unread 09-05-2013, 11:27 AM   #14
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Gotcha - I misunderstood. I read it as you had to come to a hot stop because you were about to go *** over tea kettle. Not the other way 'round
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