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What is it with Jeep sway bar links?  I have just had to replace… - delta_november

Feb. 1st, 2009

04:43 pm

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What is it with Jeep sway bar links?  I have just had to replace my third.  My old Cherokee broke one, and this is the second to fail on the TJ.

From an engineering perspective the design is pretty awful.  It's a ball-and-socket joint (like a hip) that is loaded in tension when the truck is crossed-up.  Jeeps cross-up a lot.  It's what they're for :).  And eventually the ball will pop out of the socket.

Replacement is a pain.  On my Cherokee I just left it broken and accepted the extra highway sway in exchange for greater suspension flexibility.  On the TJ I've fixed them, but each time it has required removing the whole sway bar assembly and then brute application of blow-torches and sledge hammers to free the ends of the links.  Thankfully last time I had it apart I applied a lot of anti-seize, so today it came apart easily.  This is not fun work to do in the slush.