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    Question Adjustable Sway Bar End Links Question

    I'm nearing the end of my coilover & hotchkis sway install and am unsure how exactly to correctly install the adjustable sway bar end links I have.

    From research it sounds like I need to corner balance the car and get the sway bars to zero lash so that the load or weight is the same with or without the sways connected. Do I want the the links and sway bar are as close to 90° to each other as is possible when at resting ride height, when viewed from the side of the car?

    Anybody have tips or links to resources that can educate me further on this?

    You input is much appreciated!

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    Re: Adjustable Sway Bar End Links Question

    The common mistake with adjustable end links involves installing them with the car off the ground (suspension unloaded) and then having them break when the car is lowered.

    The safe way to install the adjustable links is to do so with the car on the ground, or as a practical matter on Rhino Ramps (or the like) such that the suspension is loaded when links are installed.

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    Re: Adjustable Sway Bar End Links Question

    Oh word, Rhino Ramps it is! As always thank you for your expertise Dark Man!

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    In an ideal world, you could corner balance the car (which is done with the sway bars disconnected), then connect the end links with them set to the proper length such that there's no preload on the bars.

    Even if you don't corner balance the car, you can still take advantage of the adjustable end links to set the sway bar so there is no preload. As you said, you want the sway bar level with the end links close to 90deg. With one end link not installed, set one side to the proper length to get the sway bar about level, then install the other end link by adjusting it to the proper length so it'll just slide right into position.

    I've found that having the car on the ground (or on a drive on lift) is best. Or, if you have 4 jack stands, you can pull all 4 wheels off and put the car in the air with a jack stand under each control arm (so the car is effectively on the ground, with the suspension loaded exactly as it would be if it was resting on the tires. If you drive up onto ramps, you're changing the weight distribution, so the suspension at each end of the car isn't sitting the same as it would with all four corners loaded "normally". Admittedly, it's not a huge effect, but I'm found it's enough that you can't smoothly install/remove the end links when the car is on the ground normally. (Hopefully that makes sense.)
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    Re: Adjustable Sway Bar End Links Question

    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post
    In an ideal world, you could corner balance the car (which is done with the sway bars disconnected), then connect the end links with them set to the proper length such that there's no preload on the bars.

    Even if you don't corner balance the car, you can still take advantage of the adjustable end links to set the sway bar so there is no preload. As you said, you want the sway bar level with the end links close to 90deg. With one end link not installed, set one side to the proper length to get the sway bar about level, then install the other end link by adjusting it to the proper length so it'll just slide right into position.

    I've found that having the car on the ground (or on a drive on lift) is best. Or, if you have 4 jack stands, you can pull all 4 wheels off and put the car in the air with a jack stand under each control arm (so the car is effectively on the ground, with the suspension loaded exactly as it would be if it was resting on the tires. If you drive up onto ramps, you're changing the weight distribution, so the suspension at each end of the car isn't sitting the same as it would with all four corners loaded "normally". Admittedly, it's not a huge effect, but I'm found it's enough that you can't smoothly install/remove the end links when the car is on the ground normally. (Hopefully that makes sense.)
    This is great info thank you! I do have 4 ramps so if I put all 4 ramps under each tire I should be good right? I can also use my jack stands I suppose but the ramps may be easier.

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    Re: Adjustable Sway Bar End Links Question

    Yup, that'll work fine.

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