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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-11-2002, 02:27 PM
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Replacing the old ones; how tight do I make the new ones?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-11-2002, 03:21 PM
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About 15-18 ft-lbs. Note you'll have to tighten a while before you hit that [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-11-2002, 03:28 PM
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Thanks Ed. [img]smile.gif[/img]
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-12-2002, 08:56 AM
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Also, remember to tighten them to the same "length" as to not preload the swaybar.

Mike
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-12-2002, 09:18 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BAD ROD:
Also, remember to tighten them to the same "length" as to not preload the swaybar.

Mike
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Uh... oops... [img]redface.gif[/img]

I meant to measure but forgot... D'oh! Looks like I have something to do tonight. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-12-2002, 03:48 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BAD ROD:
Also, remember to tighten them to the same "length" as to not preload the swaybar.

Mike
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What does that mean? Tighten them both simultaneously, like you do lug nuts?
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-12-2002, 04:13 PM
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At rest, with the car on level ground, you want the swaybar to be unloaded (meaning no twist in it). This occurs when the end links are exactly the same length. Depending on the bushings you use, you could tighten one side to be shorter than the other side. This will preload the swaybar and give you different performance depending on whether you are turning left or right.

To avoid this, I simply torqued the end links and then counted the treads that were exposed and made sure that both sides are the same.

Does that make sense? A suspension expert could explain it better! [img]smile.gif[/img]

Mike
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-12-2002, 06:29 PM
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Hmm...while I was laying under my car a couple weeks ago, I retorqued the sway car endlinks and noticed that the number of threads was greater on (I think) the driver's side. Note that I have the front left spring installed incorrectly, such that the right height on the driver's side is a bit higher than the left...one day, I'll break the lowe BJ stud loose from the steering knuckle and reset the spring so that side sits down.....then I'll retighten the end link nuts.
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-12-2002, 08:09 PM
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Thanks Mike. I get what you're saying. I'll make sure they're the same on both sides! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-13-2002, 06:04 PM
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Well, they're in. Only took about 2 HOURS!!

When my suspension work was done, and one of teh endlinks broke, the mechanic replaced it with a Ford endlink, which had a spacer that was CONSIDERABLY LONGER than what was originally on the car, and the other endlink was not tightened at all!!

And, due to the two different parts, the swaybar was twisted with the driver's side about an inch or so higher than the passenger's side, so it took me awhile to straighten it out and get both endlinks installed. Ended up loosening the swaybar/frame bushing clamps and using a big clamp to pull the driver's side of teh swaybar down so I could get the nut on teh top of the endlink. My arms hurt. [img]smile.gif[/img]

But now the work is done. No more worries there. Thanks for the help!
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