Suspension Rebuild 2007


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End Links Mounted



Mounting the End Links

OK.......time to mount everything together and see if it really fits and works. But first a plug for Energy mentioned before, their web site shows you how to measure to determine the proper End Link set to get to keep everything parallel or close to parallel. Without fully adjustable End Links, you'll probably never be really parallel. I found the kit at the local Auto Zone for $20.00. They also carry 7/8" greasable sway bar mounts but mine are pretty new and not needing replacement. The only concern I had was putting a 3/8" bolt though the 9/16" hole in the ends of my sway bar. A trip to Lowes and I had a 3/8" ID x 1/2" OD x 1" steel spacer. I cut it in half and I was good to go.

Having learned from my previous fiasco on fitting the sway bar...........this time I had the car in a "loaded" position. The front was driven up onto ramps while the rear was resting on jack stands. This meant the front suspension was bearing the weight of the car. I suppose I could have jacked the rear higher then the front to add even more load but I had it pretty level, Art Lipp told me he likes to have about 150 pounds in the front seat when he does this to simulate a driver.

Kit Components plus the spacer I made for
the sway bar mounting hole
And here it is assembled....sort of
The easiest way I found to assemble it was to mount one side like in the picture at left
i.e. very loose and with no top busing in place. Then move to the other side and you've got
lots of room to fit the End Link with all pieces. Well...almost.....the only way you'll catch
a thread is to use a bottle jack to compress everything. And make sure you assemble it with the nut
on top.
Fully loaded sitting on the floor Plenty of clearance at full lock
With the End Links mounted in the bracket hole as originally planned the slant outward
as seen in the picture at left. By flipping the bracket over, it moves the hole inward so
the End Links are pretty straight up and down as seen in picture at right. Anybody know
if there's a handling advantage in either case?

I finished this up on December 6th, 2007 and went for a top down test drive in 27 degree weather. I got a lot of strange looks but the car ran and handled fine.