• Register Today It's free! This box and some ads will disappear once registered!

2nd Gen "Custom" Anti Sway Bar Links, Cheap!

After I installed my used Superlift, I needed front sway bar links. None were available locally, and the Superlift parts were expensive. My stockers were rusted solid, I had to hacksaw them off, so I had no choice but to make some.

Parts List:

2 pieces appropriate length of 3/8" galvanized steel pipe
2 pieces 3/8" All thread
2 nylon lock nuts, 3/8"
4 standard nuts 3/8"
1 Energy Suspension's Sway Bar End Link Set (http://www.energysuspension.com/pages/endl.html)

This is really simple-

With your suspension loaded, level your sway bar, measure the distance between the hole in the lower control arm and the end of the sway bar. Take that measurement, subtract 2" from that length. Cut the 3/8" pipe to that length.

Take your original measurement, add ~5", cut the all thread to that length.

I bought 3' of all thread, and cut it in half.

I put the nylon locknut on top, a washer then a bushing. Then through the sway bar, bushing, washer, pipe, washer, bushing, LCA, bushing, washer and finally the two nuts, jam them against each other.

It should look like this:

superliftinstall_015_Small_.jpg


superliftinstall_018_Small_.jpg


superliftinstall_014_Small_.jpg


Once you have it all like you want it, hacksaw the all thread off close to the nuts to keep it from snagging on things.

I was originally a little apprehensive about the all thread holding up, its grade 2 after all. But, it has held up for over a year now, no problems.

This also makes a great quick disconnect setup- two 1/2" wrenches and a few minutes and you can remove these.
 


Join the Elite Explorers for $20 per year. Gets rid of the ads! New $5 per month "try out" option.

Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create and save more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.








CougarX

Explorer Addict
Joined
February 7, 2000
Messages
1,229
Reaction score
5
City, State
Louisville, Kentucky
Year, Model & Trim Level
'98 EB, '02 ST, '97 XLT
Yep, did the same thing on mine this spring. After buying the superlift part for ~$60 a piece and then having them wear out in less then a year (there is a ball joint like thing at one end, it got play in it and the front end started clunking everytime I hit a bump) I went to the hardware store and bought some all thread. Like you, I was worried about 3/8" holding up so I bought 1/2" all thread instead. Then I went to Autozone, bought a poly sway bar bushing kit and drilled out the bushing and washers to 1/2". Instead of using a length of pipe I just thread nuts on the all thread down to where they should be and tack welded them in place.

I've drove it over 10000 miles like this and everything is still holding up fine. I have maybe $15 in both links. If the bushings ever wear out all I need is a $10 bushing kit from Autozone and a 1/2" drill bit. Beats $120 for the Superlift parts!
 




d.cheverie

Active Member
Joined
October 30, 2008
Messages
90
Reaction score
0
City, State
Ontario
Year, Model & Trim Level
99 Explorer sport
is there a reason for having the pipe there?
 








Damonkr

Active Member
Joined
October 30, 2008
Messages
81
Reaction score
0
City, State
Cottage Grove, OR
Year, Model & Trim Level
2002 Ranger fx4 7"&35's
The superlift piece is junk you have to use red grease if you want it to not rattel for more than a day after you grease it. Im looking into building some cheap disconnects soon maybe ill do a how to while im at it. i usuall get caught up in my project and forget the pics:D
 








zero_psi

Well-Known Member
Joined
December 7, 2009
Messages
136
Reaction score
0
City, State
mi b hills
Year, Model & Trim Level
93 xlt svt
id like to c a quick disconnect like ive see for the rear for this
 




inh

Explorer Addict
Joined
June 30, 2005
Messages
1,307
Reaction score
1
City, State
Springfield(ish), MO
Year, Model & Trim Level
'00 XLS
How would one go about making a Quick disconnect using the All Thread and steel piping?

You would have to cut the all-thread in half, and then secure it in the steel pipe iwth a pin that could be removed easily. I do not know if you can get a strong enough pin that is still small enough to fit through a hole in the all thread and pipe though...
 








kindred4x

Well-Known Member
Joined
January 13, 2007
Messages
167
Reaction score
0
Year, Model & Trim Level
1996 sport
After two weeks of having my superlift installed I decided to make these endlinks, due to a clanking and banging sound from underneath. I went with the 1/2 inch thread all and pipe because home depot did not have any 3/8 pipe.

I gotta tell you guys with the superlift, these new endlinks are awesome and cheap.

Good job MountaineerGreen! this thread should be a sticky!
 




Bullgoddi

New Member
Joined
July 7, 2006
Messages
8
Reaction score
1
City, State
Willow Grove, PA
Year, Model & Trim Level
'99 Sprt OHV
Thankfully I found this thread after days of searching for Superlift replacement links. I've had the same clunking sound from day 1 when I got the lift on. Was never able to figure out what the sound was from, one mechanic thought it was bad ball joints & another thought it was from the torsion bars not having a having enough load on them due to the lift. Going to make the home depot links but going to use Moog bushings (bought the end link kit but only using the bushings from it, still cheaper than the Eng Susp bushings and they're blue so they'll match the other Moog bushings, ball joints.lol) Thanx for the post MountaineerGreen & the others who added to it:chug:
 




swshawaii

Elite Explorer
Joined
April 3, 2009
Messages
9,530
Reaction score
482
City, State
Kailua-Oahu, Hawaii
Year, Model & Trim Level
'05 Sport Trac XLS (RWD)
Difference is the blue Moog "Problem Solver" grommets/bushings are soft thermopalstic rubber.
Energy Suspension and Prothane, among others, are much tougher graphite treated polyurethane. For added durability upgrade to the larger ES 9.8103G 7/16" ID (1.25" OD) full size truck bushings. The lower profile and much smaller 3/8" ID 9.8105R red bushings are shown in the fourth pic.

www.energysuspensionparts.com/proddetail.asp?prod=9.8103

[url=https://imgur.com/SVxQelk] [/url]
 




mlovett

Active Member
Joined
July 16, 2011
Messages
50
Reaction score
0
City, State
Greensboro, GA
Year, Model & Trim Level
2004 XLT
Looking at building these for my 2004 X 4x4. Which kit should I go with and will any kit work or should I stick with the ones that fit my vehicle? Do I need to build ones for just the front or the front and rear. My X has a Rancho quicklift and I will me installing 1.5 in BTF spacers up front and 1.0 in BTF spacers in the rear. Great write up btw and thanks in advance for the help.
 








Ronin8002

Explorer Addict
Joined
March 23, 2003
Messages
4,430
Reaction score
10
City, State
Virginia
Year, Model & Trim Level
2008 XLT Ironman




mlovett

Active Member
Joined
July 16, 2011
Messages
50
Reaction score
0
City, State
Greensboro, GA
Year, Model & Trim Level
2004 XLT
So I am assumming that the washers will come with the bushings? And Can I use these same bushings for the rear? Thanks Ronin8002.....you are an extremely huge asset to this forum!
 








MountaineerGreen

Towing Moderator
Moderator Emeritus
Joined
February 2, 2006
Messages
7,501
Reaction score
31
City, State
North East Arkansas
Year, Model & Trim Level
2012 F150 4x4
It's amusing that this thread was rediscovered five years later with such interest. I was supprised back then that there was so little activity on this thread. I'm glad it's helping now. :thumbsup:
 


Join the Elite Explorers for $20 per year. Gets rid of the ads! New $5 per month "try out" option.

Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create and save more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.




slickemhoundd

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 17, 2008
Messages
748
Reaction score
1
City, State
Glassboro, southern jersey
Year, Model & Trim Level
1996 Limited 5.0
i cant find 1/2 id bushings! i picked up sch 80 pipe and 1/2 all thread, now cant find the most crucial part!
 




Top