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Front sway bar links

I bought the Mevotech MK3174 front sway bar links. What is the trick to installing them? They are different than stock style ones and we're having no luck getting them in.

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AC delco has these which match the ones on my '98. R.A.ACDELCO 45G0220 {#89030095} Professional Info
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I realize I can buy those style. But I have already got the other ones and was looking for the trick to getting them installed
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I realize I can buy those style. But I have already got the other ones and was looking for the trick to getting them installed
I wish I could help, Igor. I've never messed with that type. They look like they would be stronger than the OEM ball joint style.

The AC Delco units I put into the rear sway bar of my '98 5.2 look similar so maybe you can look at the back links and see how they are set up.

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I did the rear ones and they went in without any issue. Old ones were shot and snapped off during removal. Much better design than the original ones.
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I bought the Mevotech MK3174 front sway bar links. What is the trick to installing them? They are different than stock style ones and we're having no luck getting them in.
They look exactly like the style on my 95'. What issues are you running into? I've replaced mine a few times throughout the years, it's easiest to do both at the same time.

It may be that the sway bar design is different cause I think the links are taller, but I always just unbolted the sway bar from both sides, pushed the swaybar up, pulled both links out, put the new links on, bolted the bottoms on just enough so they would stay upright, and then lowered the sway bar back down and aligned both sides before bolting the top bushing down and tightening the bottom nuts.

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You have to drill out the sway bar holes to accept the larger diameter links.
I upgraded my original stock sway bar to 93-95 style on my first ZJ before I upgraded to JKS Quicker disconnects and eventually an addco.

Have fun drilling the spring steel on the sway bar. It took ages with a cordless drill IMS.

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Ah gotcha that makes sense now. Do you recall what size?
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Depending upon the year the sway bar will have a different outer diameter and the links will be a different style.

The earlier bar had a larger diameter. I upgrade my 97 with one from a 93.

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Ah gotcha that makes sense now. Do you recall what size?
I do not. Just bring the new links to the store or measure them.

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So I have the links installed now. Unfortunately on any up and down suspension travel I now have a noise that must be due to these new links. Everything feels fine driving but any bumps cause the noise...any ideas?
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What size hole did you drill? The hole is surprisingly large, roughly the same diameter as the lip on the bushing.
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I run the solid design (95s) on my 98 with the addco bar. I have about 8 washers on the pass side to keep the addco bar from hitting my track bar mount on the drivers side.
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Swaybar end links for the front depend on the year. The 1st gen and 2nd gen are different styles and you need to ensure you have the right ones.
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So I have the links installed now. Unfortunately on any up and down suspension travel I now have a noise that must be due to these new links. Everything feels fine driving but any bumps cause the noise...any ideas?
What sort of noise?
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