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sway bar end links

Thread in 'Help Forum' started by Ed Fenwick, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. Ed Fenwick

    Ed Fenwick Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner

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    This may be a silly question but I am curious. I have ordered the front sway bar end links. Should I install them with the nut end up or down? 'seems to me that there will be less water splash with the nut and three up.
    TKS God bless Ed
     
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    Brian Snider Member 1st Gen Owner 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I did nut down on mine. It may not matter, but I'm choosing to assume that the nut working loose and falling off would be less mess than the bolt falling down.
     
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    Ed Fenwick Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner

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    Good point Brian, The replacements from ebay arrived today and are 2-3 inches too short. I suppose that I will go to NAPA.
    Ed
     
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    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    It doesnt matter. I have my nut on the bottom. Reason, it is easier to assemble putting the bolt in from the top. You hold the peices in place easier. I never had a nut come loose.
    I also cut my spacers 1/2" shorter. In my opinion it levels the bar more at stock hiegth. IMO the bar responds better.
     
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    swshawaii Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Ed, which end links did you order that are too short? Keep in mind the ST's front sway bar eyelets are pointed down, not straight.

    "Make sure stabilizer bar end eyelet (B) is parallel with the control arm (C). Many times they are not. You may be required to use a slightly longer or shorter sleeve length than the original. Measure sleeve length (A) and compare to the chart to find the correct set."

    http://www.energysuspension.com/universal-products/sway-bar-end-links-set-sizing-charts.html
     
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    Ed Fenwick Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner

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    SWS Hawai'i, thanks for the info but I don't understand it. When I put the new bushings and rod in, they look crooked. Does the weight if the truck have to be on the sway bar to tighten properly? If so, I am too fat to get under there!
     
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    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Ed,,The Trac has to be on the ground at normal heigth. You could try placing the trac wheels on some blocks if you need the room. The lower control arms have to stay at normal position, though.
     
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    Ed Fenwick Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner

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    TKS Eddie, maybe that is why I still hear the clunk. I will get under there somehow.
    God bless Ed
     
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    Ed Fenwick Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner

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    Thanks Eddie et all, I put the truck up on 4X4 blocks and loosened both sides. Everything looks correct now and no clunking.
    God bless you and this site. Ed
     

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