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Old 12-22-2010
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sway bar help

Hey all, my sway bar links snapped again(both) ugh. How do I remove the whole front swaybar? I just want to get rid off it so it doesn't cause any tie rod damage. I am used to the ride quality also....so i have decided to go ahead with this removal, with help of course. Also, just letting you know that i recently got a 3" body lift. So, how much flex should there be in the control arms? Maybe the reason for the linkage breaks?
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Old 12-22-2010
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mine broke once over the summer, i replaced them & today i looked mine tore the poly bushing on the bottom on the pass side, so im in the same boat as u man
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body lift doesnt effect the suspension flex, if your corntol arms flex never drive it again, though it would put extra stress in the corners since the cog is higher. the sway bar is held on by 4 bolts just look under your truck
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Old 12-22-2010
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Thanks guys, that helps. I think I might have worded my question about the flex of the control arm. The angle. Ya that's it, is there more of a angle? Or should the arms be kinda level? Lol does that make sense?
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You'd have moar body roll with the body lift so i guess it'd cause your sway bar to work more. But that is wild though to break it i think.

ANyways, look under the truck and see where it bolts to the frame? Yeah, unbolt those four bolts, and don't forget the links on the control arms too.
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Old 12-22-2010
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When your truck is professionally lifted, with new tires and wheels, are they required to do a alignment? I'm trying to find this out, cause when I went to my ford tech for reg. Maintainence, he said that my tires were cambered in (negative?) to the point that it is not normal, like no alignment . I assumed when I got the BL and wheel/tire job that would be included. Well, obviously they didn't. Am I right out to lunch? I asked my lift guys, and they said I didn't ask for a alignment, so the didn't do it. WTF?
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when i did my tb twist to level mine i had it lined up, & i put the moog end links on mine & split 1 of my poly bushings i just seen it 2day when i was trying to get my separated crank pulley off what a nightmare
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Old 12-22-2010
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Right on guys, thanks for the help. It's like therapy here
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Old 12-24-2010
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removed my swaybar:) end links are a bugger to get off! Drives nice and smooth.
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Old 12-25-2010
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When your truck is professionally lifted, with new tires and wheels, are they required to do a alignment? I'm trying to find this out, cause when I went to my ford tech for reg. Maintainence, he said that my tires were cambered in (negative?) to the point that it is not normal, like no alignment . I assumed when I got the BL and wheel/tire job that would be included. Well, obviously they didn't. Am I right out to lunch? I asked my lift guys, and they said I didn't ask for a alignment, so the didn't do it. WTF?
Go buy a camber kit from summit racing.
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Old 12-25-2010
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A body lift doesn't affect the alignment. New wheels and tires shouldn't either. But it's always a good idea to get an alignment when installing new tires. Most likely some other suspension components are worn out (ball joints, wheel bearings etc) throwing off the alignment.
I never had problems breaking end links on my 98 ranger with 3" body lift, 33s, canopy, heavy tube bumper etc. But I guess I didn't have it connected that often either. In the future, if you re-install the sway bar, as long as you leave one end link connected you can leave the other end link off. It isn't going to damage anything in the range of movement that it has.
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cheers...thanks man.
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@superdookie.........gonna grab that kit no doubt.
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