View Full Version : Changing the sway bar end links ol

09-25-2011, 04:23 AM
Well I finally decided to change my sway bar end links, front and rear. I ordered the parts from McMaster-Carr to build my own adjustable links. The got here over a week ago but I didn't have time last weekend to try to install them. I got some time today and started on the rear ones first. Of course the little bastard stock ones don't want to come loose. I'm working on the left one first. I ended up cutting the bolts the top one is not wanting to come out of the bracket. I'm going to mess with it more tomorrow. As usual, something that should be simple is turning out to be a pain in the ass.

As this comes along, I'll post some pictures up. I'm using the same parts that Mafix used make his adjustable links. Hopefully I can get all four installed before the Hill Country run at the end of October. It would be nice if the old ones would come loose like there supposed to instead of having to cut them off.

09-25-2011, 03:19 PM
Part numbers? I probably need to do this and lubricate my sway bars...

09-25-2011, 03:43 PM
Seeing as how I nave to remove end links to replace shocks I may as well do mine too.

09-25-2011, 08:17 PM
Part numbers? I probably need to do this and lubricate my sway bars...

I've got the numbers on my other computer. I'll throw them up a little later.

09-28-2011, 02:12 AM
Well, I'm trying to post my images to the gallery but it doesn't feel that I'm worthy to do that at the moment.

Any way, here are the part numbers that I used:

2458K142 Carbon-fiber Insert Ball Joint Rod End, 3/8"-24 Lh Male Shank,3/8" Ball Id, 1-1/4"l Thrd
2458K342 Carbon-fiber Insert Ball Joint Rod End, 3/8"-24 Lh Female Shank,3/8" Ball Id,13/16"l Thrd

They've got some other things you could chose from but I got these numbers from a post that Mafix posted in over at AT.net They worked great on the back. In that same post, one of the guys used them on the front. I'm going to try that but haven't made it that far yet. I'll keep you posted. Hopefully I'll have pics up soon.

09-28-2011, 06:45 AM
Yeah... they can be a bitch sometimes.

09-28-2011, 05:11 PM
Actually I changed my 89s links in a matter of minutes per side. I used a 14mm wrench and a 3/8" allen tip socket. No rounding or stripping the allen.

09-28-2011, 09:03 PM
You with the desert car, shush.

10-02-2011, 11:22 PM
Yea, if the allen head in the bolt wasn't round it wouldn't take any time at all.

10-02-2011, 11:25 PM
OK, here are the pics.

Here's the link before I installed it.


Here's the left one after the installed.


Haven't really gotten to drive it much yet to see what difference it made. I'm sure it's going to as the right one had ruptured the seal and was leaking grease. I'll find out when I go to the Hill Country run in a few weeks.

10-04-2011, 05:51 PM
You with the desert car, shush.


10-05-2011, 12:57 AM
Try to get the endlink to be at a 90* angle with the bar with the car loaded.

10-08-2011, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the info Joey. I've got to see what I can do.

11-29-2011, 10:10 PM
So how did this turn out?

11-30-2011, 12:21 AM
I think it is going to work well. To be truthful, I haven't had a chance to drive it a lot since I did this due to the starting issue but on the trips to work I have tried to push it a little. (Hard to do in San Antonio traffic). It feels like the rear maybe a little twitcher than before but right now I can't say for sure. I'm hoping to get a good drive in this weekend since the wife is going out of town.

Once I have a better feel, I'll report back. This setup is definitely a lot more heavy duty than the stock links.