Go Back   Jeep Garage - Jeep Forum > Jeep Platform Discussion > Grand Cherokee - WK

Join Jeep Garage Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
  #1  
Old 07-02-2013, 06:58 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 1059
Boomer914 is on a distinguished road
Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

So i decided to change out the front bushings on my 3.7 as the ride was becoming unbearable with the noise and such. 76$ for the brackets and bushings at my local dealer. anyways figuring it would be a ten minute job i start to go to work. well i get to the last bolt, the top one on the drivers side, and boom, i cant believe it the welded nut on the other side breaks off!!! After going into blazing rage mode and not using critical thinking im about ready to take it to the dealership to get it fixed. Then after like an hour i start ACTUALLY thinking how im gonna fix this. So heres my plan. the bolt is already almost out, so i figure i can cut it and probably slide another thru. question is how do i stop the nut from spinning on the other side, and what about when i wanna take it back off? Im assuming it will be a long time before ill have to change them again but i plan on keeping this car forever but i can see rust being an issue next time i change them. Any other options?
__________________

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-03-2013, 10:29 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 1059
Boomer914 is on a distinguished road
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

Well for update purposes, i took it to a shop and had them cut out the bolt.
20 Bones ($) for that. Will update with hardware used and method of install.
__________________

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-03-2013, 12:01 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 843
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Rep Power: 7872
dmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

If you haven't replaced the endlinks, they will also be shot. My originals needed replacement at just 35k, and you have to remove them from the vehicle in order to see how the mounting holes get gouged out. Rockauto has endlinks for less than half what the stealer charges.
__________________
2006 GC Overland QD II
5.7 Hemi, Modern Muscle 85 mm CNC ported TB, Apexi super voltage stabilizer, Billet Tech. Catch Can, Koni FSD shocks/struts, SRT8 sway bars, Cooper AT3's, Amsoil fluids, Diablosport Intune CMR tuned by Hemifever tuning.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-03-2013, 12:44 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 1059
Boomer914 is on a distinguished road
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

i was looking at the end links and they looked cracked and such. 95k on a 05 3.7L. Shes done me proud. will post pics for referencing. Handling has always been nice.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-03-2013, 03:12 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 1059
Boomer914 is on a distinguished road
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

What endlinks does the forum recommend?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-03-2013, 06:12 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 1059
Boomer914 is on a distinguished road
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

Here we see the drivers side sway. Note the top nut is not there cause it broke off.




The shop was able to save the nut on the back side with a 15/16 closed end wrench monkied in the slot to the right of the top bolt. Look closely at the nut, it has a raised edge and that fits inside the hole for the mount. so if you break yours off too, make sure you can use the nut or find one like it.



New hardware vs Old




The Mopar bushings in the jeep are fantastic. I had 95k on the front bushings and now the car feels brand spanking new. Endlinks to come soon.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-03-2013, 08:04 PM
suzieque's Avatar
Senior Member
My Jeep: 2008 3.0L WK
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,224
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 3084
suzieque is a name known to all
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

I believe bwoody has a set of beefy aftermarket replacements, they are not cheap though.
__________________
2008 WK "S" Limited bright metallic silver, 5 speed W5J400 transmission, June 18/2008 build, 213RE rear differential with 3.73 axle ratio, 245/60R18 Goodyear Fortera tires, NV245 transfer case, 3.0L CRD.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-04-2013, 08:07 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 843
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Rep Power: 7872
dmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond reputedmsfun has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

Get OEM style end links from Rock Auto. They have 3 or 4 brands, but avoid the cheap Deeza ones, as they use plastic ball joints which won't last. HD BWoody links do make it corner better, at the cost of ride quality on rough surfaces. I took mine off since I go off road, where they were too harsh riding..... they are for sale, at less than 1/2 price if interested.
__________________
2006 GC Overland QD II
5.7 Hemi, Modern Muscle 85 mm CNC ported TB, Apexi super voltage stabilizer, Billet Tech. Catch Can, Koni FSD shocks/struts, SRT8 sway bars, Cooper AT3's, Amsoil fluids, Diablosport Intune CMR tuned by Hemifever tuning.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-04-2013, 08:18 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 1059
Boomer914 is on a distinguished road
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

i picked up a few yesterday at rock auto. Moog. i heard some one knock on them but they are 17 a piece. as long as they handle im fine. It was really hard to stray from the bwoodys. i like performance but i like the comfort of the ride too. with just the sway bushings alone it feels like a sports car but comfier. Ive owned several different power machines, including an 03 M3, so by comparison, this truck handles exceptionally well i almost forgot. I have a question for DMS. How are those for day to day driving, in chicago (bad roads sometimes)? are they unbearable?
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-13-2013, 07:38 AM
antsjeep's Avatar
Member
My Jeep: 2008 3.7L WK
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 762
Thanks: 0
Thanked 12 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 8677
antsjeep has a reputation beyond reputeantsjeep has a reputation beyond reputeantsjeep has a reputation beyond reputeantsjeep has a reputation beyond reputeantsjeep has a reputation beyond reputeantsjeep has a reputation beyond reputeantsjeep has a reputation beyond reputeantsjeep has a reputation beyond reputeantsjeep has a reputation beyond reputeantsjeep has a reputation beyond reputeantsjeep has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Boomer914 View Post
i picked up a few yesterday at rock auto. Moog. i heard some one knock on them but they are 17 a piece. as long as they handle im fine. It was really hard to stray from the bwoodys. i like performance but i like the comfort of the ride too. with just the sway bushings alone it feels like a sports car but comfier. Ive owned several different power machines, including an 03 M3, so by comparison, this truck handles exceptionally well i almost forgot. I have a question for DMS. How are those for day to day driving, in chicago (bad roads sometimes)? are they unbearable?
I noticed the front end felt a bit firmer handling wise after installing my Moog sway links. You will be pleasantly suprised!
__________________
2008 WK Laredo 4x4
RC 2.5" Lift, Bilstein HD, Monroe LL, 265/70/17 General Grabber AT2, JK Moabs, 1.25" spacers, K&N 57 Series, PW Mod,
DDM 5k Lows, VLED 6K LED Fogs, Stillen Covers, 15% front tint, BA System, Infinity 3.5" dash, JL Audio 250/1 & StealthBox
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 07-14-2013, 10:10 AM
bobharly's Avatar
Member
My Jeep: 2008 5.7L WK
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 321
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 1119
bobharly is on a distinguished road
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

Your brackets and bushings look different. What year is your jeep 05? The 05 i believe uses both 30 mm and 33 mm sway bars depending on production runs. The old bushings appear to be the 30 mm and the new ones look like the 33 mm bushings.

Front Sway Bar Bushings

Hopefully this is useful information.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 07-14-2013, 05:32 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 122
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 1059
Boomer914 is on a distinguished road
Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!

The bushings were relatively the same size, i think the picture makes it look different. The old bushings had shrunk up a bit.
__________________

__________________
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
help!! broken bolt blu5.7 Suspension/Brakes/Wheels/Tires 1 10-13-2012 12:55 PM
Sway bar bolt wont go in jeremyc653 Technical Tips/DIY/How-To 8 09-25-2012 08:45 PM
2005 4.7 exhaust manifold broken bolt jasonjsl Troubleshooting/Problems 17 10-21-2010 06:29 PM
srt 10 bolt pattern and 05 wk bolt pattern? Ngreen Grand Cherokee - WK 3 04-27-2010 03:35 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:34 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 - JeepGarage.Org
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Owners Community