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witch side to press out sway bar link

which side do you press the old bushing out of the links on the sway bar, one side looks like it is where the rubber was on it and the other side looks like it is just bare. already broke my big vice, will go to a buddys house tomarrow and just want to make sure i press the right way. thanks for the help.
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bring them to a machine shop where they have a press. Worth it to spend a few bucks. I used a ball joint tool with an impact gun. If you have the link with the lrge head on one side press from the stud side of it. The large head wont fit thru(if i remember correct)
If its the knuckle joint one the stud willpress out leaving the other half still in it. I used a socket on one side and a larger one on the other to drive it into.

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gonna attempt beating mine out tomm. sounds like it is gonna be fun......
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what year is it? early 99 can come out that way. No way can you beat out the ones in my 01. (front ones) No way. You will wreck the link itself. I used the ball joint press and almost broke it.
a cheap press from harbor freight would do it. Cheaper then wrecking both links.

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Mine is an 00. so only way is to press them out?
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if you have the knuckle in there? the rod pivots on a bearing sort of deal. No way will you hammer it out. I am not trying to discourage you. Just save you parts and time.
Some place must be open that has a press. Wont take 5 minutes with a press. If you have rubber bushings with a sleeve and nuts and bolts you can get em out. The pivoting deal that gets pressed in them wont budge. I got em out but with a potent impact and the ball joint press. It was still a big struggle. This is assuming you are taling fronts not rear. rears can come out a lot easier.

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what side?

what side do i need to press from. also will a socket that fits over the pivet rod work to press out.
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I did mine the rod pressed out but the center stuff stayed in. It was a pain. I actually used ball joint tools fittings. You need a way to press from one end and a way to hold on the other thats big enough to allow it to go into but yet still hold the link.
If you dont have the tools. A hammer and a vise wont do it.

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I have rubber bushing with sleeves. I can use a press at work but that is 18 miles away and won't be back there till next week. gonna try and beat em out for now.

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if thats all you have its not bad. Not sure what years are what but my 01 had a pivoting bushing in there. They are in it very solid. The ones on my wifes 99 are not that bad.
Problem with ebating them is the rubber takes away the vibration. need to push.
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