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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-01-2018, 04:08 AM Thread Starter
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Sway bar drop links fitment

Hi guys,
I recently acquired a 63 101 spider. I’m slowly replacing lots of small rubber components.
I have removed sway bar and links. Pressed new bushes into the drop links.
How have you reattached the drop links to the sway bar?
Mine are pretty tight, but I have not tried tapping them on yet.
Thanks in advance
Dan from “down under”
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-01-2018, 05:40 AM
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They need to be tight. The bushing should be locked tight to the link and the cross member bar. Any twisting motion in the function of the bar is taken up by the rubber composition of the bushing and the two ones on each end when attaching to the car which originally were a waxy plastic composition that crumbled over decades.

It sounds like you approached this in steps I would have reversed. It is much easier to install the bushing in the link by freezing the bushing, boiling the link and pressing the bushing on the the link (thin film of grease to aid) in a bench vise using a sized hex socket around both sides the the link .. the back side to accomodate the inner sleeve extension of the bushing once home.. Use the tapered end of the bush to start guiding it in. Once on, heat the link in hot water and drive it on the bar using another smaller tube or extention around the inner bush. I usually have the remnants of old bushings to facilitate this... inner and outer sleeves.

In your case, I would heat the link in boiling water not with you sausages or hard boiled eggs.. .. Then fast like a bunny drive it on. Kind of awkward if it gets stuck half away on.
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