I'm looking for someone to tell me if this is normal, a problem, how it might have happened, and if there's a solution other than getting an entirely new sway bar kit.
When I bought my LJ 10 months ago it had sway bar disconnects. I never needed to use them before, but during my OTR off-roading course the instructor mentioned that they might be frozen from neglect, so I decided to take them out today and see.
When I tried to I noticed I could not lift the top arm enough to un-link the disconnecting part of the bar, but it did move 3-4 mm so I know the bar wasn't fused. Thinking it was grime, I gave it a good upwards kick but after that failed to change anything I took a closer look.
It seems my upper sway bar arm cannot move more than 4mm higher from the neutral position before the inside bolt head hits the frame. Am I wrong or does the entire sway bar assembly not need to be able to move down and up? I'm guessing every time I go over a bump and the shock compresses, this elbow goes up and rubs against the frame.
I can't understand why the upper arm of the sway bars curves towards the frame in that case. Do your upper sway bars come closer to the frame or away from the frame? Maybe mine were installed backwards (Left in the right spot and vice versa)
I'd appreciate some advice from those that have working sway bars and know how they are supposed to function. Let me know if any other information would be helpful.
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