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Boomer914 07-02-2013 06:58 AM

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?

Boomer914 07-03-2013 10:29 AM

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.

dmsfun 07-03-2013 12:01 PM

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.

Boomer914 07-03-2013 12:44 PM

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.

Boomer914 07-03-2013 03:12 PM

Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!
 
What endlinks does the forum recommend?

Boomer914 07-03-2013 06:12 PM

Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!
 
Here we see the drivers side sway. Note the top nut is not there cause it broke off.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/...3_125131-1.jpg



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.
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/...703_124728.jpg


New hardware vs Old
http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/...703_124810.jpg



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.

suzieque 07-03-2013 08:04 PM

Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!
 
I believe bwoody has a set of beefy aftermarket replacements, they are not cheap though.

dmsfun 07-04-2013 08:07 AM

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.

Boomer914 07-04-2013 08:18 AM

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?

antsjeep 07-13-2013 07:38 AM

Re: Broken Sway Bracket Bolt!!!!!!!!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Boomer914 (Post 852829)
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! :thumbsup:

bobharly 07-14-2013 10:10 AM

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.

Boomer914 07-14-2013 05:32 PM

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.


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