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Broken Rear Sway Bar Link

I had a mysterious clunk backing out of the driveway this morning. When I got out of the FJ, I found my rear sway bar link had broken clean.

I don't really wheel, nor do push my FJ very hard. Its a daily driver with a 150K on the clock. I'm blaming the harsh, salt filled, Chicagoland winters.

I picked up two sway bar links from Rock Auto for less than $50 delivered. It looks like it should be a quick DIY job.

Is switching these out as easy a job as it appears to be (2 nuts?).

Any one else had their stock sway bar links break?

Any install tips? (I've attached pics.)





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Re: Broken Rear Sway Bar Link

Just remove the whole sway bar...problem solved.
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Re: Broken Rear Sway Bar Link

I feel like the FJ already drives like I'm riding a snuffleupagus. Without a rear sway bar, isn't it going to be even worse?

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Re: Broken Rear Sway Bar Link

The links are easily replaced ... but given your corrosion problem, you need to soak all the threaded fasteners involved with PB Blaster (or some similar penetrating oil) for a few days before you start wrenching.

For a street-driven FJ, you definitely want to keep the anti-sway bar installed & attached.
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Ouch! Glad it's just a small thing...

I'll go take a look at all of our SUVs tomorrow!

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Re: Broken Rear Sway Bar Link

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When removing the nut where the link attaches to the actual bar, use an Allen wrench to hold the bolt in place or it will just spin with the nut... You will need to use a box end wrench so the Allen wrench can remain in place. Like others have said... soak the bolt and nut with penetrating oil real good... Since you don't off road much, I agree with those that have said to keep your sway bar....
Good Luck..

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Re: Broken Rear Sway Bar Link

Installed the new links. Very easy job for the DIYers.

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Installed the new links. Very easy job for the DIYers.


Are these extended links? If so where did u get them?


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