post #1 of Old 09-22-2011, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Sway Bar Bushing is Bad

My front driverside sway bar bushing has gone bad, so I'm going to replace it this weekend. It started off as a slight noise when I hit bumps, but has gotten much worse to where I cringe the entire time I'm driving the Jeep.

Tonight I unbolted the top of the sway bar, but I haven't disconnected it yet, I just have my Jeep sitting outside of my apartment. Will it be ok for me to disconnect my sway bar and drive short distances until I get the part? I've never driven with the sway bar disconnected as I haven't gone wheeling or anything yet. So will this be ok around town or should I just get a ride to the store?

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You'll be fine for short distances. Just make sure you take both sides off and zip-tie the swaybar out of the way. The rig will lean quite a bt, so take it easy.

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So once I unbolt the other side, do I just jack the Jeep up and knock them down until they are free swinging, and then zip tie them ?

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Oh ok. I'm only doing this to replace the bushing on the top because it is SHOT and sounds like my entire Jeep is going to fall apart on every bump. So to replace that bushing, I thought I needed to unbolt the top. Am I wrong and just need to unbolt the bottom?

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Oh ok. I'm only doing this to replace the bushing on the top because it is SHOT and sounds like my entire Jeep is going to fall apart on every bump. So to replace that bushing, I thought I needed to unbolt the top. Am I wrong and just need to unbolt the bottom?
yes, you'll need to pull the whole sway bar off, remove the rubber bushing, install the new rubber bushing, and bolt it all back up. but like I said, you don't need to use a jack at all.
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yes, you'll need to pull the whole sway bar off, remove the rubber bushing, install the new rubber bushing, and bolt it all back up. but like I said, you don't need to use a jack at all.
Ok good, because I don't know that I trust the jack that came with the Jeep. The bushing started off bad but has gotten much worse, so how likely is it that the link has gotten messed up as well as the bushing?

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If they're stock links (the ball and socket design), as long it isnt seperated they're fine.

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they are the stock links, and when I rock the Jeep back and forth, the bushing looks like it separates into two pieces and then when the weight comes back down on this side, there is a grinding noise and a loud pop and bang.

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sounds like a good chance to upgrade to a set of JKS disconnects.
Is this a good idea even though I have no lift? and When I do lift it, probably in the next month or two, will these discos work with the lift? I'm getting the 3 inch Zone lift if it makes a difference.

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sounds like a good chance to upgrade to a set of JKS disconnects.
That, if you ever plan to wheel it that is.

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Yea I've had my jeep for about a month and never had sway bar connects so mine just hangs. But it drives just fine. So yea take em off I personally like it better but everyone has their own taste. Either way though I need to get some discos so I can pass inspection. Lol. Any advice on that? My sway bar where it connects has hole on top and bottom instead of the sides. So I'm puzzled about how its gonna work.

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I replaced the link today with a cheap one from Advanced Auto and the problem is solved! my Old link was SHOT. Both the bushing and the link was damaged.

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