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Re: BWoody Sway Links - A new potential problem

I heard back from another forum member that Mike at BWoody was shipping the bolts and washers. I called Mike and requested he ship the same to me. Mike took my info and said he would ship that day. Well he did by USPS Priority Mail and I received the shipment right away. I think his solution will help and I appreciate him doing this for me. I believe things should be brought to light when need be, but to also acknowledge someone's effort to remedy a situation. Thanks Mike!
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Re: BWoody Sway Links - A new potential problem

Yes, Thank you Mike I also received my washers, bolts and bushings and just finished installing them tonight. The Jeep feels real good again.

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Re: BWoody Sway Links - A new potential problem

Let's just say, hypothetically, if someone had installed the BWoody links and wanted to return the suspension to stock, what would be recommended as bushing inserts to return the drilled-out lower control arms to the original dimensions?

I've found some steel bushings that seem to be (nominally) the correct size (1/2" O.D., 3/8" I.D.), and the same in bronze. They'll need a bit of work, but should do the trick. Question is more about the most suitable material.

I installed the links, paying attention to ALL of the instructions. For the first couple of days the Jeep felt great. . . then the ride quality started to deteriorate. Body sway was reduced, but the overall "tightness" and solidity of the ride was compromised.

I then had the work checked by guys who do this for a living, and replaced some of the bushings that had become torn up as reported earlier. Alignments looked good, everything was lubed up, bolts re-torqued to spec. Again, the ride was great for a couple of days, then started to soften up again.

The small amount of stock body roll is an acceptable trade-off (for me) in order to get the more solid feel back to the suspension. YMMV.

Any thoughts out there to share? I wish I could be counted as one of the successful owners of this mod, but it seems I am not going to be happy with this going forward. I really want to return everything to stock, and am seeking any advice possible.

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Re: BWoody Sway Links - A new potential problem

^^buy and replace with new factory lower control arms?!?!
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When they were drilled out, it was just shavings of an amount. I dont remember without looking at the stock links however wasn't it just a bolt and nut which held the stock link to the lower control arm? Since its merely just 1mm or less of material missing, shouldn't you be able to just tighten the stock linkage nut/bolt and be done with it? How would you find an insert/sleeve so thin in material without making the hole even bigger to fit a sleeve.
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Re: BWoody Sway Links - A new potential problem

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When they were drilled out, it was just shavings of an amount. I dont remember without looking at the stock links however wasn't it just a bolt and nut which held the stock link to the lower control arm? Since its merely just 1mm or less of material missing, shouldn't you be able to just tighten the stock linkage nut/bolt and be done with it? How would you find an insert/sleeve so thin in material without making the hole even bigger to fit a sleeve.
No, he really needs to close that gap or the ball joint bolts will constantly be moving as you can't exert enough side pressure to prevent it from moving in the hole under constantly changing load.

Brass or Aluminum would be my material of choice but you may need to drill them out even more to accommodate a proper sleeve. The softer material won't be an issue as long as the fit it tight. It's the loading from bolt movement that will crush the sleeve, not the constant load of a properly fitted part.
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Re: BWoody Sway Links - A new potential problem

^^^ Ha! sined, that would be a fine solution! My Scots blood was looking for a cheaper alternative.

^ mjw, that's what I was thinking. . . even "just" 1/64-inch of "slop" could contribute to a rough and noisy ride. And possible deformation of the control arm holes over time, making the situation even worse.

^^ J13, I might just have to drill out the control arm holes to get a bushing of a reasonable size in there. . . on that you are likely correct.

The whole experience has not been a total cluster, but I wish I'd left everything alone. Live and learn?!

Thanks all for the help. . .
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Postscript - I was never sent the larger washers despite a request. So the new links are not installed. I'll leave them stock.
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Re: BWoody Sway Links - A new potential problem

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Let's just say, hypothetically, if someone had installed the BWoody links and wanted to return the suspension to stock, what would be recommended as bushing inserts to return the drilled-out lower control arms to the original dimensions?

I've found some steel bushings that seem to be (nominally) the correct size (1/2" O.D., 3/8" I.D.), and the same in bronze. They'll need a bit of work, but should do the trick. Question is more about the most suitable material.

I installed the links, paying attention to ALL of the instructions. For the first couple of days the Jeep felt great. . . then the ride quality started to deteriorate. Body sway was reduced, but the overall "tightness" and solidity of the ride was compromised.

I then had the work checked by guys who do this for a living, and replaced some of the bushings that had become torn up as reported earlier. Alignments looked good, everything was lubed up, bolts re-torqued to spec. Again, the ride was great for a couple of days, then started to soften up again.

The small amount of stock body roll is an acceptable trade-off (for me) in order to get the more solid feel back to the suspension. YMMV.

Any thoughts out there to share? I wish I could be counted as one of the successful owners of this mod, but it seems I am not going to be happy with this going forward. I really want to return everything to stock, and am seeking any advice possible.

Thanks!!

I have the same problem. The links where installed and torqued properly. I had my dealer replace one because it had deteriorated so badly. I also want to go back to the stock links. Any news or solution for the drilled out sway bar???

Thanks!
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Re: BWoody Sway Links - A new potential problem

The front BWoody links were re-designed and information was posted up on other forums about customers getting their links corrected. The original design was based off of the 2011 Jeep Grand cherokee that had a different angle to the sway bar than the SRT did. The new sway bar links incorporate the proper angle for the art-8 sway bars. The announcement made was that if you wish to send yours in they will be modified and sent back to you re-built and with new nylock nuts free of charge, all you have to do is bolt your OEM links back on and ship them to our address on the website and include all of your information for return shipment inside the box.
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