But I Do Have Some Good News ! rear swaybar links
Well, I just saved $75 by rebuilding my rear swaybar links. Ford wanted $50 each, so I got them from NAPA for $42 each (TRW). When I opened the package, I found that the nut that goes on the bottom of the link was too big. Both kits had the same problem. SOOOOO, after a few minutes of fussin and cussin, I evaluated the situation. I really didn't want to spend $100 and get them from FORD.
As most of you have probably discovered, it's the bushing in the top end of the links that generally gives out. I remembered that I had some inner liners from some split rims. The thickness of these inner liners is about 3/16 inch. After studying the top of the link and the steel sleeve, I figured that this was just about the perfect thickness to fit. I proceeded to cut a piece to the correct length that would fit snugly into the "ring" , with the seam to one side (not on the top or bottom!), put a dab of 3-in-one oil on the sleeve, and pounded it into the link, creating a very nice bushing. Then I cut the ends to fit snugly into the mounting bracket, and tightened it down. VOILA!!!!!! After doing the same to the other side, it was off to NAPA to return the defective links and get a refund. I then went to Advance Auto and found a set of polyurethane lower bushings in a link kit that was for, I believe, a 1974 Olds Cutlass (heavy duty kit). These cost about $10.50, and since I already had the material for the upper end of the link, the total cost for "LIKE NEW" rear links was under $11!!!!!!
Just thought you'd like to know.
Last edited by pileit1; 05-27-2004 at 04:05 PM.