Sway Bar Linkage Removal/Replacement

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    Default Sway Bar Linkage Removal/Replacement

    I had a front link break so I'm replacing both front links.

    My question is how to keep the lower bolt from turning while tightening the nut because when trying to remove the old links the only way to keep the bolt from turning was to use vice-grips on the balljoint side.

    Maybe a new one will install fine because it is not rusted?

    Also, any specific torque specs for upper and lower mount (especially the upper with the rubber bushings)?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Sway Bar Linkage Removal/Replacement

    There's a picture of that captured bolt in here: http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forum...-sway-bar-end/

    You need a 6mm hex wrench.

    It's fairly easy with the right tools.
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    Thanks. I saw the hex thing after I had the first one out. I tried using the hex while removing the second one but it ended up breaking the hex end out so I ended up using vice grips again, but the threads were so rusted it was almost impossible.

    I then took my dremmel cutoff wheel and cut the nut to free it up. Much, much easier.

    I torqued the new links, top bolt, to 14#. Hope that is correct. The rubber bushings were squished some.

    I thought about putting grease around the bolt/bushings to help prevent rust but instead just put a light coat of anti-sieze on everything.

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    While checking the brake pads yesterday I noticed both my links are broken.

    Any place to order these cheaper than the Toyota dealer?

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    Yes. See here: http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forum...-sway-bar-end/

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    Default Re: Sway Bar Linkage Removal/Replacement

    has anyone tried sizing the polyurethane bushing for the rear sway bar?
    energysuspension.com lists individual pieces by size.

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