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Old 08-21-2014, 10:27 PM
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Busted another set of sway bar links

I have noticed a serious bump steer or a violent jerking action when hitting a bump in the road. just over a year ago i replaced ball joints,tie rods,sway bar links(2nd set since cutting off original).i used MOOG components. i was shocked to see the sway bar links loose once again. is there a certain way to tighten them or is there a better product available. Mostly stock 1999 'ploder with fire wires and scremin demon coil pack.(love it)
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:41 AM
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Did you inspect the link to determine if it's a clean break or rusted through?

When I replace the links in my 2000 Mountaineer, the standard aftermarket replacement was more like the old school link with the supports for the bushings, the tube, the long threaded rod and a couple of nuts. There was no provision to prevent over tightening. If I remember correctly there was an instruction sheet that basically said to tighten the nuts down until the bushings just start to deform. Doing so caused them to look like they were still loose so I went a bit beyond that.

The OEM links had rusted through but their design would prevent extreme over tightening, plug the service manual torque spec would further reduce the chance of over tightening. You could switch back to OEM links.

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Yea. The rubber bushing is worn to nothing. I can slide the link a good inch or so. The bolt is intact. The rubber bushings are worn out.
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Sounds like they might have been over-tightened. It's easy to do.

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