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Sway bar link modification?

Post by j10builder » Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:07 pm

81 J10 with 4" lift
Has anyone cut stock sway bar links and made a sleeve and pin type rig for over stock length applications? Hurts my feelings to drop $130 on a 4" over set when stock links are $30/set. I also thought about cutting some tubing and just welding them to the right length - no pins but no cool, easy off road mod if I do that.

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Post by fulsizjeep » Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:09 pm

You might try disconnecting it for a while to see if you really miss it. Every FSJ seems a little different after you lift it. I have tube extensions on the sway bar on my 88 GW and I found I rarely disconnect the links on a 5" lift. They are nice to have if you do much towing.
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Re: Sway bar link modification?

Post by j10builder » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:42 am

Thanks. I'll try both maybe I'll go the cheap road now and if it is noticeable later, I can make the easy on/easy off version.


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Re: Sway bar link modification?

Post by rocklaurence » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:50 am

I lengthened the links for my Long Spring Suspension [5 "]. They are not pinned but could be easily done that way.

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Re: Sway bar link modification?

Post by j10jim » Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:49 pm

Im late to this but I dont have the sway bar on my J10. Dont need it. 4inch lift (Rustys).
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Re: Sway bar link modification?

Post by Lti57 » Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:52 am

Just wondering if you did the mod you were talking about
I bought my 81 Wag has a lift kit don’t know who made it or how much lift it has
In the parts car that came with is a sway bar
Thinking of do lime you talked about
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Re: Sway bar link modification?

Post by j10builder » Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:57 am

I haven't yet. My build got stopped in it's tracks while I finish my new shop (finally got the power on). I want to wait until the engine and drive train are installed before I cut, sleeve and weld the sway bar links. That way I can be sure the sway bar is parallel and set up right. Everything is built and ready to go in. I just have to finish getting the shop functional before I can get back to what I really want to be doing. I'll keep you posted though.


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Re: Sway bar link modification?

Post by Herk » Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:23 am

Did exactly that on my 83 many moons ago. I think I used 3/8" black iron pipe, or maybe galv, dont remember. Less than $10 in the whole job.

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Re: Sway bar link modification?

Post by Lti57 » Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:25 am

Thanks for that info
Appreciate it
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Re: Sway bar link modification?

Post by rocklaurence » Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:31 am

Herk wrote:
Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:23 am
Did exactly that on my 83 many moons ago. I think I used 3/8" black iron pipe, or maybe galv, dont remember. Less than $10 in the whole job.
Yes, thats what I did. Home Depot/Lowes will let you buy a small Stick vs a 10 ft from the metal supple/

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