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Old 06-12-2004, 03:10 AM
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sway bar?

I'm not sure if this is a problem or not but where the sway bar connects it looks like there is a gap, like its eneven, its not bolted flat. Is this bad? do i need a new sway bar? i included a pic to help explain.
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Old 06-12-2004, 07:58 AM
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Not to worry, those connections are purposely designed sloppy 'cause the parts are constantly cattywampus with each other as the suspension bounces, turns and twists. yours looks perfectly fine. And yes, those bars are one of the best innovations in suspension design ever devised. Leave it in!!
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Cattywampus,man thats one I havn't heard in a long time.
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Oh, that isn't even getting warmed up. How about 'bogus', 'ginchey', 'rad', 'movin', 'hopped up', 'tapped out' . . .?
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You can change the length of the spacer to get the end of the bar perpendicular to the link.
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It looks normal to me too, I have seen some nastily tweaked sway bar links on four wheel drives here at the shop, but most end up opting for the quick disconnect kits when they find out what their vehicle will do off road.
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Old 06-14-2004, 06:49 AM
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Cattywampus,man thats one I havn't heard in a long time.
How about "slonchwise"? Now, that's paying you back in your own seedcorn! (I grew up in Iowa.)
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Looks normal to me.

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Put it this way, it's real common for them to end up that way, but they're not supposed to be that way.
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Thanks guys, it just looked a little off to me, but if its ok i wont worry about it.
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It does´nt look right to me, the center line of the end link
is vertical, the center line of the sway bar hole is off to one-o-clock, or laying back.
Here is a pic of mine, in the next few days the links will be replaced along with new polyeurathane bushings.
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I'll try to get a better pic this week sometime to better show mine, but it looks worse than urs does.
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Echo, if yours was tightened more it would look like malcs.
That is the way they are made.

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The link's only purpose is to tie the ends of the bar to the A-arms in a very gross manner. No precision intended or necessary. Their appearance, within reason, has no bearing on their function and yours will function perfectly as shown. You could pretty them up a little by installing new rubber donuts and tightening the nuts but they won't operate any differently or better than they do now.
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It appears to me that the weight was off of the suspension when the photo was taken. That would explain the difference in appearance. The whole idea of the design, is so that when pressure is applied to one end of the bar, pressure from the bar is transferred to the control arm at the other end. Neither the bar or the control arms really care what the connection looks like.

When I worked on a race car, we used heim joints with adjusters for the connectors, so we could adjust pre-load on the bar.
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