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post #1 of 9 Old 11-20-2019, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Sway Bar BUSHINGS

1985 CJ7 - stock suspension

Folks, are the front Sway Bar Link Bushings easy to remove? Will I need a special tool to remove and replace those bushings?
It's the stock suspension so I am simply shooting for replacing them with the same type. Do I need to do the Sway Bay bushings at this time as well?

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-21-2019, 10:24 AM
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At $10 a piece, I would just replace the entire link rather than fight with changing the bushings in the links. Yes, I would do the sway bar bushings at the same time.

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-21-2019, 10:27 AM
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I have never taken those bushing out of the stock links because I have an aftermarket custom setup. I have taken more than my share of rubber bushings out. I use an old drill but and drill the rubber out. Use WD40 or something similar. You can press them out or burn them out (not recommended) but the drill bit has always worked for me. Run the bit through the rubber several time to reduce the pressure of the bushing on the metal retaining ring and then use a punch and a hammer to knock the bushing out of the retaining ring.

EDIT...it seems that the stock links do not have a metal tube for the bolt vulcanized into the bushing. This makes it much easier. Take a hack saw blade and fish it through the hole and make a couple of cuts to relieve the tension and just push the old bushing out. The above instructions are for when there is a metal sleeve in the center of the rubber bushing too small for the saw blade to go through.

If they are only $10.00 each as said above, I would not even bother trying to replace them. The bushings have to cost something and your time is worth something.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-21-2019, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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I just may get new ones. They are roughly $12.
I found a set of MOOG replacement rubber for the sway bar links and sway bar for about $23 so that's why I figured I'd tackle the job.
Save me a lot of time to just get new ones. Thanks!
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-21-2019, 04:26 PM
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Use lots of grease when you put the new ones in, and don't overtighten the bolts.

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Which brand is best? Moog, Daystar, Energy Suspension, ...etc.?
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-22-2019, 12:36 AM
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Do Daystar, Energy Suspension make anything buy poly bushing? I did not think they made rubber. If you want the same type of rubber bushings I do not believe those are what you want. Personally, I like the poly bushings and I like how they are easier to put back in because they are usually two pieces.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-22-2019, 06:13 AM
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I bought daystar bushings and swapped them. I just used two sockets and a vice to press old out and new in. I cleaned up the metal first and coated with Polly bushing grease prior to going back together. It really was easy and they are AMC links still, not that those parts matter much.
I did do the entire front suspension when I did this. Upper and lower ball joints, inner and outer tie rods and spring bushings. Drove like a Jeep I never new I had!
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-22-2019, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Do you still have a list of all those replaced parts? I have the steering linkage but might as we try to do it all at the same time. Sounds like the plan!
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