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#1 OFFLINE   rosco

 
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Posted 06 December 2014 - 12:26 PM

Ok so here's the deal.  My sway bar end links are shot.  I ordered new delco end links and figured while I was at it I would do the sway bar bushings as well.  They were delivered this morning.  Getting the old ones out will be a small challenge, I hope I can get my sawzall in there.  I know for sure the driver side will need to be cut out.  Putting the new ones in is pretty cut and dry, but here's my question, how much do I tighten them?  I have found conflicting stories on how much to do that.  A few said to tighten as much as possible, other said to leave just a little thread sticking out.  So I thought I would post up and ask.  It's something I'm hoping to get done later today between putting up lights and a tree for Christmas.  Gotta make the wife happy first :rolleyes:


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Posted 06 December 2014 - 12:33 PM

This is how I do them. Tighten them up till you get a good squirt to them. If you leave them loose you will get a clunk in turns. I all so like to over tighten them a little so when you get a good cupple of turns they will move and find there sitting spot. Hope that helps.

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 12:58 PM

tight enough so you dont crush them, but not loose enough they rattle

 

I'd like to think around 25ft lbs would be good

 

just like your shock bushings


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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:24 PM

It did help guys.  I appreciate it.  4 hours later it's done.  Holy cow they were a pain to get back in.  I got a little creative with a ratchet strap to get the nut started.  I also believe a previous owner changed them at one point and decided to "modify" the install.  The new pieces I got had 4 bushings which appeared to be normal based on most of my research, well the ones I took off had only 3.  I guess they couldn't figure out how to get the nut started and just left the bottom bushing off.  Well it's done right now, I think haha.  The bushings for the sway bar itself wasn't too bad.  I got those greased up a little and had to "convince" them to go in, but after dealing with the end links, that was the easy part.


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