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Thread: Anyone with a wheel off? Swaybar bushing question..

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    Anyone with a wheel off? Swaybar bushing question..

    I just got the car, like it so far. I was installing new tie rod ends and noticed a big gap in the bushing. Does anyone have their front wheel off right now and can take a look at their swaybar bushing for me? Something looks wrong here...seems like too much of a gap between the bushing and bar. Both sides look the same.
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    Re: Anyone with a wheel off? Swaybar bushing question..

    Yeah i posted up a pic similar to problem like this and they told me my bushings were blown and need to be replaced.
    I called my local GM Dealer and gave me a price of $14 a piece at about 30 for both front ones.

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    Re: Anyone with a wheel off? Swaybar bushing question..

    If they are as worn as the picture looks I would replace the tie rod ends while you are down there. The dealer will want a fortune for them, but i got them off of rockauto for 12.00 a peice. What a differance it made in the way the car went over bumps. Trust me its worth every penny for how much better the ride will be for the cost.

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    Re: Anyone with a wheel off? Swaybar bushing question..

    That's funny, I noticed the sway bar bushings when I was putting my new tie rods on! LOL, only had the car a couple weeks now. I like it, but it was a little neglected. Getting her back in shape though. You are right, the new tie rods made a big diff!

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    Re: Anyone with a wheel off? Swaybar bushing question..

    are the sway bushings and tie rod ends easily changed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainmancts View Post
    If they are as worn as the picture looks I would replace the tie rod ends while you are down there. The dealer will want a fortune for them, but i got them off of rockauto for 12.00 a peice. What a differance it made in the way the car went over bumps. Trust me its worth every penny for how much better the ride will be for the cost.
    Could you explain a bit about what your old tie rods did on bumps?

    I'm trying to find a slight clunk over bumps from the front end. Replaced the swaybar end links and it didn't make a difference. Looking for more cheap possibilities before I start considering new shocks.

    OP I have 80k on my stock sway bushings and they look way better than yours. I have <1/16" total gap between bar and bushing.


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