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Old 05-07-2014
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Sway Bar Links Wont Reach

So I was installing my moog sway bar links today, and when I put the bolt through the sway bar it did not reach all the way through the bottom hole. I cannot put the bottom bushing or nut on. Anyone know why the link wouldnt reach? I took a couple pics too.

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This is how the bolt is sitting in the bottom hole, not enough to get the last bushing and nut on.
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I don't have a 4X4 but my set was just long enough. Are the old parts the same lenght as the new ones? Was/is your truck lifted? Could be a mix up with part numbers. I order the first set online and I know I typed in 07 XLT 2WD Coil springs and I got a set for 4X4 torsion front suspension. Way different then the ones I took off...Try looking at RockAutos selection to see if your part# matches the ones they show for the year/model of your truck. Thats what I did then I took that number to my local parts store... he had them in stock for 2 bucks more... Good Luck...
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Yeah i'll have to check the part number, hopefully I got the right ones lol. My truck has a body lift, so I dont think that should affect anything. The old ones almost seems shorter, which doesnt make a whole lot of sense..
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When I changed mine I did them with the wheels on and drove up on my ramps. I can't tell in your picture if you lifted up one side at a time to do them.
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Start with the top of the bolt pointing up, run a washer up to the top of the bolt head then a bushing up to the washer. Bring that down through the end of the sway bar. Next bring another bushing up and a washer behind it (if the bushings have small rim/lip on them that rim/lip fases the sway bar and control arms) Next slide that long tube up the bolt till it touches that last washer. Next slide one more washer and one more bushing up the bolt. You may have to slide the top of the bolt up a bit to get the bolt to slide down into the hole in the lower control arm. Slide the bolt down in the hole in the lower control arm and then put on the last bushing on followed by the last washer and then the nut. The rule of thumb on how much you should tighten them is to the point that you can't turn the bushing with your fingers...to tight is no good and to loose is even worse. I hope that helped.. Good Luck...
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Thanks for the write up. The problem I have is that I cant get the bottom nut or bushing on because there is not enough of the bolt sticking through the hole. I don't know if I have to lower the stabilizer bar or what to make the bolt reach.
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I had the same issue when I replaced them on my 06.
I tightened a ratchet strap hooked from the lower arm to the sway bar to get enough thread through so the nut would catch.
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I had the same issue when I replaced them on my 06.
I tightened a ratchet strap hooked from the lower arm to the sway bar to get enough thread through so the nut would catch.
Nice! I never thought of that. Thanks!
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Throw the whole sway bar link assembly in the trash. Lol that's what I did and love it.
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Throw the whole sway bar link assembly in the trash. Lol that's what I did and love it.
Lol yeah I might try that. I just tried ratcheting the stabilizer bar down to get the bolts in, but no matter how much I cranked it, the bar did not go far enough down for the bolt to go in. So I dont know. Would the stabilizer links have anything to do with the truck sitting 2 inches lower on the drivers side?
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If you have cranked your torsion keys, the OEM endlink will not be long enough for a re-install. Had the issue on mine, and ended up doing exactly what Grumpy said, and I love the new ride style
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Flip your swaybar so it angles downward instead of upward towards the top of the link. If you have to ratchet strap it the way it is now then you'll clearly have too much tension on the links and they'll just break again.
Pretty much just look at your first picture. See where it's sloping up? You'll want the bar sloping down so just flip it so the PS is on the DS

My swaybar is flipped and it rides great compared to no swaybar like I had on my old ranger
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