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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 03:05 PM
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Ok Guys, Here's the Deal: Front end Rebuild is almost complete on My Dailey driver Caprice. Re-Did the Whole Front suspension with Moog parts (Poly bushings inc). Keep in mind that I Have NOT Dropped the car on the ground yet to torque the control arm bolts properly or the tie rods yet. Take a Look a the Pics below and Please Answer me a few Questions:
( 1 ) The supplied End Link Bolts "Appear" to be too short! I Cant squeeze the Last top Bushing in place and have any thread left to handstart the Nut on! They came in the Rebuild kit.
( 2 ) I Put a 9C1 Sway bar on Instead of the STOCK Caprice Bar, Is this thing On Correctly or Upside Down? BTW, Ordered correct Sway bar Bushings for the 9C1 Bar. I Actually flipped this bar upside down and tried it but it was "Damn close" to the Idler Arm, So I Flipped it back over (It just didn't look Right).
( 3 ) Do I Need to drop the car on the Ground 1st before the end link bolts will fit with all the bushings in Place? The Sway bar ends appear to not Align up correctly with the end links (They look like their on an angle).

Give me some Insight here guys so I Can Order the Extra parts I Need or do this correctly!
BTW, I Did a search 1st but couldn't quit find the answer(s) I was looking For! Thanks for any help!






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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 04:02 PM
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Do I Need to drop the car on the Ground 1st before the end link bolts will fit with all the bushings in Place?
Bingo.

The bolts that came with the poly links for my car were much shorter than stock, the car had to be on the ground to even think about putting the nuts on. Those links look like mine, which means they should be fine.
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 05:50 PM
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I've had the same problem more than once. It does help to put the car on the ground, or I use rhino ramps, so I can still get under the car.
I've also been successful making it fit by not installing the top rubber bushinguse a few thick steel washers on top instead.
Once you tighten this all up and scrunch the other bushings, you can remove the nut and washers and then install the new top rubber bushings.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 07:39 PM
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Cool on the End Link Senario! Is the Sway bar On correctly from the look in the pics? I Know the bar needs to be basically Parallel to the lower control arm when Done! Thanks Wayne and Rich for the Help!
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 09:44 PM
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Yes Mike, the SB looks like it's on right, but from the pix, it looks like the 'slits' in the SB to Frame Bushings are facing towards rear of car[at least driver side looks that way]. They both should face FRONT.
My bolts for SB Links were kinda short also, but with a pry bar, got all hardware & nut on. REMEMBER, when you tighten Link nuts[car on ground at ride height], only till Bushings start to bulge! Do final tightening after engine is installed in car [img]graemlins/0.gif[/img] [full weight].

BTW, what Brand/PN are those SB/Frame Bushings/'U' Clamps?
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 10:13 PM
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Originally posted by LarryCigar:
Yes Mike, the SB looks like it's on right, but from the pix, it looks like the 'slits' in the SB to Frame Bushings are facing towards rear of car[at least driver side looks that way]. They both should face FRONT.

BTW, what Brand/PN are those SB/Frame Bushings/'U' Clamps?
I'll Dbl Check the Slits in the Bushings Tommorow Larry to make sure? The End Links setup came in a Kit from Performance Suspension with Energy Suspension bushings and Moog suspension parts. I Can get the Part#'s when I Get home from work in the AM And Post them!....Thanks!
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 10:19 PM
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I'm interested in Brand/PN for SB/Frame Bushing Kit, not end links.
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 10:25 PM
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Got it Larry! I Still have all the Boxes in the Trunk! I'll post #'s and Brand Name for Frame bushings and Clamps tommorow! BTW, Can ya tell me how to do a "Burnout"??? [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 08:12 AM
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Couldn't help myself. Felt like recommending four 12oz. cans for each tire.
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 04:34 PM
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Larry, Here's the Swaybar Bushing and Clamp kit that came with my Front end Rebuild kit! BTW, The slits in the Bushings were facing forward, I Had to loosen 1 Clamp to make sure because I Couldn't tell by eyeing it!.....Thanks

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