Front Sway Bar Links

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I just installed my OME heavy kit recently, and I heard something pop while driving today. It was one of my front end sway bar links breaking. The head of the bolt broke off, too much pressure?? I am looking to get new ones for the front and possibly for the rear (FJ62). With the lift I have, do a need a special longer sway bar link? Where Should I get them from, SOR or CruiserDan?
 

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You don't have to get longer ones for the OME lift, but it doesn't hurt. The horizontal part ends of the sway bar should be more-or-less parallel with the ground. I made my own for the front using some 5mm (I think) thread rod and a piece of 1/2" OD tubing. I did weld a nut on one end to fake a bolt, but you could probably just double jam nut one end. I also extended my rears by cutting the strut and welding a piece of tubing (again 1/2" OD I think) around the outside. I've got a post in here some place...

here's a post with some ideas for front & rear: https://forum.ih8mud.com/60-series-wagons/145983-sway-bar-extensions.html
 
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I went with the OME heavy's myself and extended the rear sway bar links per this post by Euclid. IH8MUD.com Forum - View Single Post - Sway Bar Extensions
I found that if you cut the steel tubing to 4 inches you'll have the sway bar level.

I did something on the simple side for extending the front sway bar links. So far they have lasted a month on some heavily potholed roads.

I picked up 1 package "Energy Suspension" GM type End links from a local auto supply store (Murray's) Like these towards the bottom of the page. Sway Bar End Links

Then I bought 4 - 5 inch long (grade 8) fully threaded 3/8th inch bolts, 2 - 3/8th inch threaded connectors, and 8 3/8ths inch nylock nuts from the local Ace Hardware.

Make sure your car is parked and on a level surface to install. I pitched the supplied short bolts from the Energy Suspension kit and placed a washer and 1 bushing on the 5 inch long bolt head. I then inserted it through the sway bar and added the other bushing and washer. I bolted it tight with one of the nylock nuts. I did the same thing to the end link mount on the frame. I then took the 3/8ths inch threaded connector and threaded it onto one of my bolts. I then lined up the 2 bolts end to end and connected them together with the 3/8ths connector. In the pic it shows I have a nut threaded on one of the bolts to keep the threaded connector from loosening but it hasn’t moved since I installed it. You can do the same thing but use a nylock to keep it in place. When I finished it looked like this

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Howdy PhilC64:

Is your rig lifted ?

Cruiser I have - Old Man Emu upgrades - Front links are bent as stock seems to do I hear
Rear - one link broke - I will do the self made upgrade as well for rear
both ( front and rear ) bushings are crumbled - with stock link lengths

want good /hearty replacement for a 2" lift

cheers:
 

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