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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-07-2006, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Front sway bar end links

Alright someone enlighten me on how to remove the front sway bar end links from the bar itself? Do they just pull off over the lip on the end of the bar? I am swapping the bar and need to reuse the end links after I press in new bushings.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-13-2006, 08:48 AM
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Drop Link Bushes

I've just this minute removed the links from the ends of the bar.

The only way I could remove the links was using brute force. Using a long screw driver, I twisted each link off each end of the bar - this process left the inner metal sleeve with some attached rubber on each end of the bar.

Plenty of WD40 and a set of mole grips were used to remove the remnants fron one end. For the other end I had to resort to an angle grinder which I used to carefully grind away the sleeve - but without damaging the bar. Once I finished grinding I again resorted to the mole grips.

I want to reuse my anti-roll bar (sway bar) - and if possible the drop links. However I see no way that I can ever remove the bushes from the links.

So it looks like new links and new bushes.

Can anybody advise regarding the best type of bushes???????????

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I have done this a couple of times. On both occasions the rubber part was so perished that with some brute force it left the inner metal sleeve on the bar, which I then carefully cut off with a hacksaw. I did the same to the links- cutting out the metal bush sleeve with a hacksaw, then pressing out in a vice with a couple of large sockets.

I have tried both 'modified drop links' from EB spares and normal, pressed in bushes. I couldn't tell the difference in handling, except the latter cost about 10 less.

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I attacked mine today and got the job done. Since I was putting on a new front bar and new bushings, I was only really after the end links. I clamped the end of the sway bar in my vise and hammered a pickle fork in between the vise and the end link... a little force and they were off. I then used my press and some sockets to press the old bushing sleeve out and the new ones in.

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Did you all end up buggering the special washer between the end
link and the sway bar? Looks to me that this washer is hemispherical to
help the bar flex and not catch on the bushing.

Anyone know where to get replacements?
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Did you all end up buggering the special washer between the end
link and the sway bar? Looks to me that this washer is hemispherical to
help the bar flex and not catch on the bushing.

Anyone know where to get replacements?
Never seen those before Keven... suspect they aren't OE!

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Washers

I too had these washers between the link bush and the anti-roll bar

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I too had these washers between the link bush and the anti-roll bar
Yep- so did I.... and I buggered them

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