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Upgrade sway bar end links?

I just did a T-bar crank and added 33x10.5 BFG MT on Tuesday and then today broke a sway bar end link. Just wondering I an upgrade would be recommended or would replacing with stock part be ok.

And is it just as simple as a sticking the link up through lower control arm and putting a nut on the top end? If so I'll just do it myself.
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Yes, it's that simple. However, I had this problem with my daughters Ranger and what it was involved the bar having shifted to one side. Make sure yours hasn't when you redo the links.

Also, if you crank the bars, you must try to get equal tension. The sway bar can be "loaded" all the time equalizing pressure on the two sides and that's probably not desirable.

Ideally, you should crank the bars with the sway bar disconnected, then reconnect it to make sure there's no differential between the two sides.
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its pretty simple. I have stock ones laying around that i could ship ya on Monday. or just buy some stock ones. that is about your only option besides custom.
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Thanks for the help guys. The dealership has them for $21 CDN a piece so isn't that bad.

Should I disconnect them both now that it is cranked then put then new one on and reconnect old one? Or should I get 2 new and replace them both.
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did you crank each side the same amount of turns? if so then you dont need to disconnect the other side.
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I'm not sure that's totally true, Zach (about equal turns). I was surprised at how much my side to side height changed when the swaybar was off. The two torsion bars are actually different lengths and I'm not sure that the same amount of turns necessarily equals the same height -- in fact, without the equalizing effect of the swaybar, it probably seldom is.

Either way, you probably don't need to disconnect the other one unless your swaybar has moved too much to one side of the other.

Since it's already disconnected on one side, verify your ride height somewhere level with the wheel straight and the vehicle having been rolled straight to the position it's in. If they're the same, fine business.

If they're not, mess with the bar adjusters until they are close.

As far as reassembling, you don't need to remove the remaining good link, but do make sure your bar isn't shifted to one side or the other before reassembling the replacement link to the truck. Otherwise you may just break it again.
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I'm not sure that's totally true, Zach (about equal turns). I was surprised at how much my side to side height changed when the swaybar was off. The two torsion bars are actually different lengths and I'm not sure that the same amount of turns necessarily equals the same height -- in fact, without the equalizing effect of the swaybar, it probably seldom is.
i guess that could be true. when i did my lift i never marked the bolts when i took them out. when reinstalling i just put them in, drove it around a few miles then messed with them until both sides were at the same height.

either way he should place it on level ground and make sure the truck is sitting level side to side.
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Agreed.
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