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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-18-2018, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Front sway bar bushing brackets?

Can someone explain this? How are these brackets supposed to attach when the holes in the frame are clearly offset relative to the centerline of the seat bar and forcing the bracket would bind the bushing.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-18-2018, 07:22 PM
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Is it a factory sway bar or an aftermarket? Some after market sway bars require drilling. Is it actually meant for your year and model of car?

To me it looks like that should be a straight section of sway bar.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-18-2018, 09:22 PM
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Those are aftermarket polyurethane plastic bushings. If they are for an aftermarket bar I can tell you from experience that they will pull out unless attached with a nylon insert nut and bolt (factory attachment was by way of a large thread cutting fine pitch tapered screw).

My holes where too far apart to use both factory holes which helped save the bar from hitting the ground when one side pulled out of the factory hole.

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I'm in agreement with Dave and Deadwolf.

I have an Addco, can't remember the diameter, but the brackets they sent did not fit the offset holes of the stock setup, and I didn't drill new holes.
Somehow, I got the stock bracket to fit but it's just too tight and sometimes I get squeaking at the bushings.

We basically have the same issue. I guess if it's accessable, I'll do a nut/bolt combo and drill a new hole for the proper bracket of the new bar.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-21-2018, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Lesson learned here. I removed the factory brackets and THREW THEM AWAY with the rest of the worn out front suspension components because hey, I have brand spanking new front sway bar bushings and brackets from Energy Suspension, right? Wrong. They don't fit. Luckily I was able to find replacements from Desert Valley, but it is still a $70 lesson I would have rather not learned. Will be kicking myself in the *** for this one for the next week.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-25-2018, 07:51 PM
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Did you replace the OEM bar with a larger dia bar? If yes, you were able to use the stock brackets
and they lined up with the factory bolt holes?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-27-2018, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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I'm using the original sway bar (15/16" I think). Just wanted to get new bushings in there and I made it way more difficult than it should have been.

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