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Rear Swaybar Endlinks Upgrade?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:06 am

Does anyone sell solid rear swaybar links for our cars? I've got one that is on its way out (leaked fluid out of the joint) and the partznet price is 38 for each side.

I am hoping there is a cheaper or better solution than OEM or Napa. Any thoughts?
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Re: Rear Swaybar Endlinks Upgrade?

Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:44 am

BraveUlysses wrote:Does anyone sell solid rear swaybar links for our cars? I've got one that is on its way out (leaked fluid out of the joint) and the partznet price is 38 for each side.

I am hoping there is a cheaper or better solution than OEM or Napa. Any thoughts?


I made a custom set when my one of my stock ones broke a couple of days after being installed with the whiteline adjustable sway bar.. I think the cost of the materials alone cost me about $30.. but the end result was a stronger link with no fitment issues with the bar.

If I were you, and I had no whiteline swaybar, or no fitment issues with the swaybar, I'd just spring for the OEM..

Because the other side of my story is that the parts are very hard to source if I wanted to duplicate another set.. and labor intensive because I have to go to 2 different sources for parts.. both of which are in opposite directions from where I live.. LOL

oh the joys of being a "new" alltrac owner back in the day... :P

Tue Jun 07, 2005 3:56 am

I have Moog greaseable links on mine, work nice. partsamerica.com carries them and a few other brands.

Wed Jun 08, 2005 12:22 pm

I found the mercedes sway bar links on ebay......
here is the link. They work perfect, they are extremely close to our stock ones and are nice and cheap. I race on them all the time and they are flawless....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... ename=WDVW

Hope this helps. And the best thing is that they don't have the hex so they are very, very, very easy to get off.....I think it's a 17mm nut...
Good luck.

Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:23 pm

I used racing beat miata endlinks. Think they ran me around 50 usd. My stock ones had to be cut off. Next I am looking into making a custom brake line bracket for my rear teins, since the white line sway bar ripped the off.

Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:36 pm

Those Mercedes links, are they compatible with our *rear* links, or our *front* links?

Thu Jun 09, 2005 5:52 pm

they are for the rear I hope

Thu Jun 09, 2005 10:57 pm

Racing beat Miata links work well in the back. I have a set mounted with my teins.
http://www.racingbeat.com/resultset.asp ... mber=54200

Fri Jun 10, 2005 7:58 pm

maroon_185 wrote:the endlinks get here wednesday, if they get here before I go to work I will measure them and post it.


I ordered a set as well. :)

I found the pictures in gtfour77's folders, they look damn near identical.

Go here, and click Alltrac NEW... http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/gtfour77/my_photos

:)

Sat Jun 11, 2005 5:05 am

MIG407 wrote:...any one have ideas for the front ones?


I'm still debating. It seems that if you can find some high strength ball joint ends or spherical bearing ends, a male+female, you can screw them together and they will work since it is so short. I have heard that you should look for some that are teflon coated or that do not require lubrication.

I have several of these on ebay, however, none that fully satisfy everything I have said above. Either no strength is listed, they require lubrication, or are only available as female ends.

Also, I am not sure what the advantages / disadvantages would be to using spherical bearing ends versus ball joint ends.

Thu Jun 16, 2005 11:46 pm

Just got these today from the eBay link above. They measure 4.25 inch from center to center.

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Note the welds that don't seem to be in gtfour77's pics. No nuts were supplied, but they are 17mm. I'll be installing them over the weekend assuming they are compatible - haven't checked yet.

UPDATE: a side-by-side comparison seems to show that these are longer than stock. My stockers are OK so I'll wait until I get an adj Whiteline before installing - if at all. I imagine longer links on the stock bar would make it less stiff.

Fri Jun 24, 2005 4:53 pm

I put the Racing Beat Miata endlinks on my 185 yesterday, and I'm happy to report that the quality and finish on the links is great. I installed them, no problem, since they're adjustable length (so you can preload them if you would like).

60 dollars shipped (for the pair) is certainly better than the $50 list (each side) for the Toyota part.

Fri Jul 22, 2005 2:27 pm

well yesterday I went out and around town and to sort of beat a light I took a turn rather fast, my swaybar is on its stiffest setting and the car just flatout turned, but right as I came out I heard a clunck from the rear end I was like hmm I wonder what that was, well I look up under my car this morning and the ball and socket on the swaybar end has pulled apart, the other side is fine but the left side is now in two pieces. anyone else taken a hard corner and had this happen

Sat Jul 23, 2005 5:13 am

and tonight while cruising the other one broke, the exact same way, except the turn was in the opposite direction. pisses me off.

Mon Aug 01, 2005 1:45 pm

Thats not good news. :doh:

Mine have held up to 3 passes down the 1/4 mile so far, and some typical city driving for about 250 km's.

This weekend I will be driving a total of probably around 20 hours, possible track time too. Hopefully they hold up.

Now, what can I do to prepare for a side-of-tha-road fix if needed?

hmmmm....7 hours on broken end links doesn't sound too appealing...
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