I don't think you need a new sway bar. Looks like you could just get new bushings.
Compare it to the other side--it's probably at the same angle. When removing the sway bar you can put it on the ground to see if it's bent.You think so? I know you can't tell in the pic but it looks pretty warped.
It doesn't LOOK symmetrical at this point, but like I said, it could be because it isn't correctly seated on one side. Then again, I've probably been driving too long with it like that and may have warped it by now. I may just get the linkage kit, and start with that side first. If I can get it on, then I should be good for the other side, if it's too warped I'll just have to go with a new bar. I just hate to drop 300+ bucks on a new sway bar and not even need it. It's a daily driver that sees a lot of highway miles. It's not like I'm doing a bunch of high speed cornering or anything.I'm no expert. Does it look symmetrical with the other side?
How long did those original genuine bushings last Don't over think too much, the moog and mevotech are just as good. And you get better design features with some of them.I found the GM Genuine sway bar bushings on Rock Auto. Just going to start there and see if I can get it done without having to sink too much into it.
OEM as far as I know and I've had her since 2001. Like I said, I don't push it too hard. And I may eventually have to go a different route, but if I can get this taken care of for $21 that's what I'm doing for now.How long did those original genuine bushings last Don't over think too much, the moog and mevotech are just as good. And you get better design features with some of them.
Yeah I had it on jack stands at the time.And you're not going to warp the bar driving it like that. Elongate the control arm hole will be more likely in time. Pic looks like it was jacked up with no weight on the wheel. It'll look funny that way.
True there. The sway bar is heat treated to make it stiff. If overloaded, it is much more apt to break than bend.End links are a wear item. you want to tighten the new end links with the suspension loaded (read tires on ground)
very unlikely sway bar is bent....unless you have been jumping curbs.
I stand corrected then. I have only ever seen broken ones, not bent. Agreed they act like springs and flex but that is not the same as taking a permanent bend.