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Sway bar end links keep breaking!

Anybody know why these would keep breaking? My drivers side end link just snapped in half and was only on the truck for a month ... the passenger side broke just a few days later.

I'm not sure what brand they were, they were put on by a local shop. Do certain brands tend to be stronger than others?
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just take it off... my truck is lifted and i havent had a sway bar on for about a year, it rides smoother.

Where did it break at?
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if one is broken, the other shouldn't break... your sway bar might not be pivoting right... i wouldn't put on anything but moog swaybar links...
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Just broke mine the other day pulling out of the drive way. They seem to be really weak on Rangers and Explorers. My mom has broke a couple on her Explorer
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Yeah I hate to keep throwing money at it, so maybe I'll just leave the swaybar disconnected. Is there any way to check if my swaybar is pivoting properly? I wonder if new rubber swaybar bushings would help...
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i wouldn't put on anything but moog swaybar links...
I agree, buy one more good set made by moog... if they break, take 'em back and get them replaced under their lifetime warranty
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I just learned that the Duralast endlinks sold at Autozone are manufactured by moog. For $30 I'll go pick up a couple and give it one last shot.
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While my Ranger was under the extended warranty, it ate sway bar links for breakfast. The dealership replaced them about twice a year. When my warranty was up, the driver side sway bar link flew off...I hit a bump on the road, heard a clunk, and seen the bolt and black rubber top bounce behind me. I replaced it with a dealership part and never had an issue since. Been close to 4 years now. I don't know what the issue was before.......but I'm leaning towards faulty installation on the dealers part. LOL
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if you over tighten them they will break very easily...and use moog only
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I just learned that the Duralast endlinks sold at Autozone are manufactured by moog. For $30 I'll go pick up a couple and give it one last shot.
moog, and made BY moog are 2 different things
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get rid of it, ive removed both of mine, and its so much better.
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Just installed the Moog endlinks. They are much thicker with better bushings, and the ride is much better and more responsive than with them out.
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If you remove it, you are going to get Hella body roll... Main difference IMO...

The eurithane bushings are a much nicer and quieter bushings than the rubber that ford uses
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if you over tighten them they will break very easily...and use moog only
My thoughts exactly!


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If you remove it, you are going to get Hella body roll... Main difference IMO...

The eurithane bushings are a much nicer and quieter bushings than the rubber that ford uses
Yeah...but you can actually get flex out of the freakin' IFS without it!


Ford uses rubber bushings? I swear stock links are freakin' plastic bushings.
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Yeah...but you can actually get flex out of the freakin' IFS without it!


Ford uses rubber bushings? I swear stock links are freakin' plastic bushings.
true about the flex... i thought they were rubber, the bushings on my 89 mustang were rubber, i assumed the newer vehicles would be too...
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i just got my body lift and my sway bar links have snapped off. I was from a ford tech not to bother install new ones cause they would just break easily again. Is this because of the 3" lift i just recently got? He said my control arms were angled like crazy. Should I just remove the whole bar?
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I haven't had much problems with my superlift end links other than the fact that they clunk. I drove around with the sway bar undone once and I will never do that again haha..that was misreable!
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i just got my body lift and my sway bar links have snapped off. I was from a ford tech not to bother install new ones cause they would just break easily again. Is this because of the 3" lift i just recently got? He said my control arms were angled like crazy. Should I just remove the whole bar?

body lift has nothing to do with sway bar links. are you torsion bars cranked?
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body lift has nothing to do with sway bar links. are you torsion bars cranked?
x2. you lifted the body of the truck and haven't modified anything with the suspension so the links aren't affected.
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Ya dood, my TB is maxed. Could that cause the easy linkage break?
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Make some or take them off for good. I made the ones I had and also made some for Biltrite Bullies.
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Cheers, thanks
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i just got my body lift and my sway bar links have snapped off. I was from a ford tech not to bother install new ones cause they would just break easily again. Is this because of the 3" lift i just recently got? He said my control arms were angled like crazy. Should I just remove the whole bar?
the ford tech you talked to is an idiot. your control arms are suppose to be angled and the sway bar isn't messed with when you do a body lift.

you can get moog ones for 9 dollars at rockauto.com

moog sway bar links installed


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marcus your studs fell off of your tires. you need them for optimum dry pavement driving. kewn
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