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Old 01-26-2012, 05:42 PM   #281
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And along came GPS!(still don't have a need for either one).



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Old 01-31-2012, 02:48 PM   #282
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Since it hit almost 50 today and Im heading to FL in a week or so, thought I'd get this fix done before we left......didn't happen.

I got one side apart but didn't remove the bolt to the link. The link had raised at least 1/2 inch. I got my floor jack out and turned out to be only a 2 ton. I worked on it but no go. While looking at what I had to do, it sure doesn't look like the link would ever reach the inner hole.

So I thought I'd ask to see if Im approaching this wrong or Im just worrying until I get a 5 ton jack?
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:22 PM   #283
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I used a 3 ton bottle jack on the sway bar to get it to line up.
A 1/2 ton jack should be all you need.

You need to remove the bolts on both sides first.



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Old 01-31-2012, 04:03 PM   #284
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Im just gittin too old for this sh*t. Not to mention open heart surgery a few months ago . I did know to disasemble both ends first, guess I just panicked when my jack wouldn't work. Suppose to be warm again tomorrow and hopefully it will be much drier (and all the puddles gone from the driveway !) Thanks Dunner

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Don't know why your 2 ton didn't work. All you're doing is rotating it in the rubber bushings.



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Old 01-31-2012, 04:45 PM   #286
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Don't know why your 2 ton didn't work. All you're doing is rotating it in the rubber bushings.
Had my head in my ass and didn't disconnect both sides first. I'll Get 'er done tomorrow. Laying in 2 inches of 40 degree water is not conducive to good brain function
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Ya.. lotta force needed to get that bar to twist..
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:13 AM   #288
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Had my head in my ass and didn't disconnect both sides first. I'll Get 'er done tomorrow. Laying in 2 inches of 40 degree water is not conducive to good brain function
Also, make sure your jacks are fully retracted in the up position and that you are on level ground.
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Had my head in my ass and didn't disconnect both sides first. I'll Get 'er done tomorrow. Laying in 2 inches of 40 degree water is not conducive to good brain function
If you were laying in 2 inches of 40 degree water, me thinks your brain was already not functioning.



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Yes I do. The twist is not that much. Seems to me the force would be like driving on a crowned road or parking sideways on a hill. I don't know what the longterm effects of this are going to be. I have a 1000 mile trip comming up. I plan to measure the lean before the trip then after. Then disconnect the driverside links and measure again. My concern is the sway bar will take a set from the constant twist and become less effective. Has anyone ever put a constant twist on a sway bar for a long period of time?
Yes. Anti-sway bars are preloaded all the time, either intentionally (like you have done) or thru uneven loading of the chassis left to right. It is a torsional spring, it will probably take a 'set'. All springs will. How long that takes and how much varies on the metallurgy. I would not loose sleep over it. You may or may not notice a slight change in directional response when initiating a turn left or right. One direction and you will be increasing the bar's resistance, the other direction you will 'go over center' before loading the bar. Most likely not something the average person will notice.
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If you were laying in 2 inches of 40 degree water, me thinks your brain was already not functioning.
I hear ya Dunner! It's amazing what one will put them self through to accomplish a goal. I just can't fathom leaving on a 3000+ mile trip with out having this done first. It's only going to be 40 today, but at least the driveway is now dry
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Warm the motor up first. That should radiate some heat under the front.

If it's close enough to AC, put a space heater under it.

Have a shot of brandy first.



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