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Old 10-31-2012, 09:16 AM
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What are the torque specs for the endlinks and sway bar?

End links= 80 lb-ft.

Stabilizer bar bushing bracket bolts= 41 lb-ft.
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Here is another place to order the Energy Suspension parts:
If you have bad endlinks now you can order just them.
Hope this helps.

Suspension Restoration Parts Co.


4.5180, 36mm
Sway bar frame bushing set only.
$17.00


The Ford endlink has a metal bearings in each end,
instead of rubber bushings.
You will have to have a machine shop
PRESS out the metal bearings
to install the new polyurethane bushings.
<SMALL><BIG>If you want to order just the</BIG></SMALL><SMALL>Endlink grommets & inner sleeves only
from the 4.5186,
request these part numbers:
4) 2592
4) 2593
4) 15.10.245.39
$28.00

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Now this information, not the poster, is only about thirty five years old, but, when I was selling parts in college the "G" suffix on the Energy Suspension part number meant it was black, not green, in color and graphite impregnated, hence the "G". Later on they added grease fittings as an option on sway bar bushing kits, not end links.

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All finished with the front, what a difference. Now I have a sports car again.
When you press the original bushings out, the big bang and the flying bushing makes you jump a little. Don't want to get hit.
Thank you again to rla2005 for the torque specs. Tight, tighter and max tight are not the safest specs when it comes to this .
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Can the bushing be banged out using a 1 1/8" socket and a hammer ?
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Do 2wd trucks have front sway bar?
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Can the bushing be banged out using a 1 1/8" socket and a hammer ?
You probably could, but it would be way to risky as you might end up destroying the endlink in the process. If you could "borrow" a press that is the way to go. Will take you 30 minutes.
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You probably could, but it would be way to risky as you might end up destroying the endlink in the process. If you could "borrow" a press that is the way to go. Will take you 30 minutes.
My Dorman complete end links just arrived and I might do a write up on them.
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My Dorman complete end links just arrived and I might do a write up on them.
I just got my Moog complete end links just a few days ago.
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Well it sounds like when they are bad it's pretty noticeable. I climbed under the truck and mine is pretty solid. It squeaks a little side to side but not sloppy at all. Rubber where it mounts to frame is old and cracking. Would slop be noticeable by hand if they were bad?
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All finished with the front, what a difference. Now I have a sports car again.
When you press the original bushings out, the big bang and the flying bushing makes you jump a little. Don't want to get hit.
Thank you again to rla2005 for the torque specs. Tight, tighter and max tight are not the safest specs when it comes to this .
Happy to help out!
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Well it sounds like when they are bad it's pretty noticeable. I climbed under the truck and mine is pretty solid. It squeaks a little side to side but not sloppy at all. Rubber where it mounts to frame is old and cracking. Would slop be noticeable by hand if they were bad?
Probably not because you can't put anywhere near the force on it the truck does. I would go by the noise and the main bar mounts are cheap and easy to fix.
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Is everything on my truck just different?!?

I FIGURED IT OUT!!! We're looking at the diameter of the sway bar, not the width of the shackles. However, I'm going to leave this in case somebody else has the same question...

Top is the 32mm bushing that's in the regular kit. Bottom is the bushing that's special for the X. It looks like I don't need the special ones. (The answer is use the special ones, it's the bar diameter not shackle width.)

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Top is the 32mm bushing that's in the regular kit. Bottom is the bushing that's special for the X. It looks like I don't need the special ones. Yes/no?

Those are for the middle part of the bar that attaches to the frame and either one would work. Those are very easy to put in especially with an impact wrench. I just bought 2 of those (blue) for $11.50 at O'riellys made by Moog. Mine are blue and harder than the stock ones. Update! My truck is very quiet now after replacing the end links and the main bar mounts.
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