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Re: Front sway bar links.?????


and btw the energy suspension bushings come in red or black,
theyre made of polyurethane and will provide a MUCH NICER
ride (and firmer turning / less lean) than the crappy RUBBER
bushings that come from the factory !

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Anything I should be aware of before I tear into it? I am mainly concerned about the frame maounts because of the rattle I hear when I hit bumps.

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are you SURE its your sway bar bushings and not the ball joints
that youre hearing ?

the problem <hard part> is removing the stupid FORD OE
bushings in the drop link / lolly pops...they have a
metal collar around the rubber insert...and it is a
TOTAL pain to press the OE bushing OUT if the rubber
part is torn out.

youll need a press to get the metal collar out & there isnt
much to press against.

a press makes the job easier even on the bushings that are
still intact...and its next to impossible to remove the
metal collar w/OUT a press.

the Energy Suspension bushings can be pressed in by hand
or w/ a vise or clamp...the bushings are avail. from
jegs.com & summitracing.com for about 34 bucks.

remember to lube the bushings that go 'round the bar...or
theyll squeek like hell !

[/ QUOTE ]ur right i didnt have a press on two of them i had to litterally burn them out with a cutting torch. big ball of metal dripped out. others the air chisel worked.
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Re: Front sway bar links.?????

soak 'em a little in 3 in one oil or pb blaster....
the THREE that werent torn (on drop links) i knocked
out w/ a hammer (put the drop links in a vice)

the one that had torn (and left the metal collar behind
had to be pressed out.

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I read many, many posts where folks had a devil of a time getting the old bushings out. Not worth saving $40 to me. I called Powerstrokeshop and got two of them for around $45 each, install was easy as removing 4 bolts. However the noise is back on the drivers side after just a couple months!!!

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I read many, many posts where folks had a devil of a time getting the old bushings out. Not worth saving $40 to me. I called Powerstrokeshop and got two of them for around $45 each, install was easy as removing 4 bolts. However the noise is back on the drivers side after just a couple months!!!

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yup cause all you did was replace the junk w/ junk...the problem
is ford uses crappy factory RUBBER bushings...theyre inferior any
way you slice it...they flex MORE, tear, wear, hard to replace
and they COST MORE...than the polyurethane ENERGY SUSPENSION (brand)
bushings.

you say its not worth saving 45+ bucks...but now youve gotta do
the JOB AGAIN...how much is your time worth ?

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I must have gotten a bad part from Ford, it happens. I am restoring a 77 CJ5 and Energy Suspension had to send me three tranny mounts before I got one where the threaded insert wasn't mounted so crooked the trans wouldn't bolt up, so don't preach how good there products are to me!!! Besides if the factory ones last another 7 years the way the first ones did, that's okay with me.
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Those of us having to REPLACE the factory drop link bushings
arent doing it because we WANT TO...or that they have lasted
7 years...

next time you go down the road and see a superduty...look under
it...i think youll find more than one w/ a busted drop link
bushing...

the bushings rate right up there w/ the ball joints...PENNY
WISE, POUND FOOLISH !

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I read many, many posts where folks had a devil of a time getting the old bushings out. Not worth saving $40 to me. I called Powerstrokeshop and got two of them for around $45 each, install was easy as removing 4 bolts. However the noise is back on the drivers side after just a couple months!!!

[/ QUOTE ]

yup cause all you did was replace the junk w/ junk...the problem
is ford uses crappy factory RUBBER bushings...theyre inferior any
way you slice it...they flex MORE, tear, wear, hard to replace
and they COST MORE...than the polyurethane ENERGY SUSPENSION (brand)
bushings.

you say its not worth saving 45+ bucks...but now youve gotta do
the JOB AGAIN...how much is your time worth ?

[/ QUOTE ]factory bushings arnt rubber dude they are metal they are wrapped in rubber stuff to hold in grease thats it. thats why they are so hard to get out. ill agree i havent had any problems with energy sus. bushing ill buy again if my clunking comes back
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you say its not worth saving 45+ bucks...but now youve gotta do
the JOB AGAIN...how much is your time worth ?

[/ QUOTE ]factory bushings arnt rubber dude they are metal they are wrapped in rubber stuff to hold in grease thats it. thats why they are so hard to get out. ill agree i havent had any problems with energy sus. bushing ill buy again if my clunking comes back

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which bushings are you talking about ? the sway bar bushings
are NOT grease wrapped in rubber...if you tore one youd know this !

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This is a question for anyone that installed the ES poly swaybar set. Did you use the large flat washer in your install? And if so, where did you place it?

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so wait whos talking about what? ok so theres the sway bar, that mounts to the axle, and has RUBBER bushings on it. then there is the end links that mount from the sway bar to the frame. all RUBBER bushings. can someone take pics if what they are talkin about?
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Well I ordered the bushings from Energy Suspension and installed them. I had to have the old bushing pressed out of the links. Guy did for me at work. No problem installing the new ones. Now we have to see how long they last.
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This is a question for anyone that installed the ES poly swaybar set. Did you use the large flat washer in your install? And if so, where did you place it?

Thanks.

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Yes. I put them on the bolt head side of the bushings. This is the side furthest from the sway bar and closest to the engine.
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Re: Front sway bar links.?????

I'm in the process of replacing the sway bar bushings on my truck. Are you guys re-using or replacing the bolts. I can't get the 2 bolts that attach the end link to the frame to break free from the bushing. Any tips or hints?

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I'm in the process of replacing the sway bar bushings on my truck. Are you guys re-using or replacing the bolts. I can't get the 2 bolts that attach the end link to the frame to break free from the bushing. Any tips or hints?
Hit them with a hammer. You should see a washer like metal shield on one or two of them. And they are just washers, should not be holding up back.

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