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Sway bar/steering linkage ?'s with pics

I know typically suspension parts shouldn't have lateral play in them but just wanted to make sure on this.

http://i1347.photobucket.com/albums/...pse4e31623.jpg
That picture is the sway bar link that's in front of the radiator, pushed all the way to the driver side of the truck, give it a good tug and this:

http://i1347.photobucket.com/albums/...ps7aec9f03.jpg

You can see it moves quite a bit back in forth, what's the problem here? Do the end links need to be replaced or do I just need bushings?

Kind of a cruddy picture but there's all kinds of grease or some **** around the gearbox, time to replace? Will get a better picture if need be.

http://i1347.photobucket.com/albums/...ps62ab6945.jpg

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Are u getting a clunking sound on rough roads or hitting bumps.

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Yeah. Kinda hard to here it going down the road or highway but going through neighborhoods slowly you can hear it really good. Almost sounds like if you took a single link in a chain and dropped it clunked it together with another piece of metal. Sounds stupid but that's the only way I can explain it.


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I would change swaybar bushings. Use polyeurothane ones they last longer

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Okay. How hard of a job is that?
I imagine not very hard just never done it before. I'm installing 2.5" leveling coils and PMF adjustable track bar and alignment cams this week so imagine it'd be a good time to do bushings as well. Where can I get these poly bushings? What about neoprene bushing?


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Any parts store should have em. Takes about 20 minutes. 4 bolts swaybar swings down remove old ones, install new ones done : )

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Awesome, do I just take the bushings to the store and they match them or should they just have some? Haha.


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They will want to no the diameter of your swaybar. I think there are 2 different sizes. piece of cake.

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those little protrusions on the bar are the stops that keep it centered and stops it from sliding into the bushing if you have a lift and your axle is off center it will push the swaybar over and screw up the bushing

you will also find those bushings hard to find for the 05 -07 trucks I had to go ford

as far as poly the OEM's lasted 100k on mine I just changed them for the hell of it your look fine but you can unbolt the saddles and unclip the bushing to inspect

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