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Sway bar end links

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by Gabriel Panoussi, Jun 28, 2016.

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    Gabriel Panoussi My approval ratings have droped.

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    Does it matter if it is tread side up on the bolt or is it supposed to have the threads near the bottom toward the control arm?
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    You don't specify front or rear, but luckily its same for both. Bolt head should be under the control arm side, threads should be at very top above last bushing, with the nut.
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    It was the front. I managed to get one side in right.
    The other side has issues. I could not get things aligned and left out the metal spacer. Once the car was on the ground I had to re tighten the bolts. The drivers side is bolt head up.
    You would think bolt head up would be best in case the nut fell off.

    Thanks for the response I will mess with the drivers side again soon.

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    The nuts should be nylock nuts, they won't fall off. When I installed my poly bushings, it was VERY snug - I just had to get a few threads started on the nut, then torque it down to compress the bushings. in the end you should be left with a fair bit of bolt sticking above the nut. Definitely don't leave any parts out. It might help to jack up the control arm to bring the sway bar and control arm closer to one another.

    Good luck.
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    Went to Auto Zoners to see if they sold just the rubber grommets so I could just make my own links. It showed online that they supposedly did but guy at the store said they didn't. They had complete kits for like about 6 bucks but then I found that on the rack they had a bag with urethane grommets and the washers enough to make 2 for another dollar or so and I just got some of those. Now I have RED ones.
    Real bad part of messing with these is if you have severely corroded ones to take off. You have to use a torch and make a mess
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    I've done the same as you Danger Ranger, making up new end links with aftermarket poly grommets and regular bolts and Nylok nuts. I was unhappy with the really poor parts store end link kits because the grommets were very soft and smaller than the originals. This was an old, off topic car however.
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    Sway bar end links are all pretty much the same for so many years, just the length of the center section is different. The ones on my Ranger are like 10 inches long whereas Escort front ones are 1 inch long. Little shorties. I bought a pack of 8 red urethane grommets and 8 big washers, I welded two washers to the ends of a 1" piece of pipe for each side and got couple of 5" bolts from tractor store. Here in Michigan we take a lot of things off with a smoke wrench and these are too hard to get with a grinder so they get the torch. I got to do that just the other day and it was fun, I had burning grommet all over
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    Here they are. Cute little red ones. Have to try some for the back . Those ones really show

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    The end links look good, but man, I see a lot of rust!
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    Yeah, I know. It's a Michigan car. I live in Michigan and it's been sitting for awhile. The car was originally from Arizona and that's why it even still exists and is in good enough shape to rate a Zetec transplant but being here is taking it's toll. Most of these that have been here all their lives are just about dead. My son's $100 dollar special looks pretty good up top but a lot of the floor is missing and where the suspension hooks to the body in back is broken right off on one side. Life in southern Meeshigan. That why I say you guys in Texas and such don't know how good you got it. ( shoulda seen the wreck I got the Zetec out of )
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    It must be the salt that wrecks cars, as opposed to just wet weather.
    I am just north of Seattle and in this part of the world we have many months of rain and drizzle in the fall and winter, but the cars seem to survive pretty well. The rare times that salt is put on the roads, it is washed away by rain in a few days.
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    Your picture shows what looks like two older wagons. 2nd generation. I used to have a green 93 wagon ( sigh ) One of my favorite cars I ever had, and I have had a lot of interesting cars from 57 chevies to old Chevy vans to old Chevelles ( I was a Chevy man but everything has changed ) I always had a special thing for station wagons ever since I was a little kid and my dad had a 58 Ford station wagon for a short while. I thought that thing was about the coolest car in the world. My uncle had a 59 chevy Brookwood 2dr wagon that was just as cool. I especially liked the little wagons since they started making them. I had a Pinto wagon in the 70s but it could hardly get out of its own way. I wanted to put a V-8 into it. My 93 would crank without a V-8
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    I used Raybestos on the front and rear. Threads up, no torque specs, just tighten them till you run out of threads and then stop.

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