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Chryco's Tech Shop => Suspension, Wheels/Tires, and Brakes => Topic started by: 71FJ6 on November 25, 2007 - 11:28:37 am

Title: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: 71FJ6 on November 25, 2007 - 11:28:37 am
I am in need of the bushings for the brackets that attach to the frame rail on the rear sway bar on my 71 R/T.First where can I find them and second how do I install them?
Thanks,Dave
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: BS23VOB_FJ5_Faker on November 25, 2007 - 01:48:51 pm
I would like to know that too!!
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: farmboy70 on November 25, 2007 - 07:29:07 pm
When I needed them I searched every where and no luck,best bet is use the front sway bar replacement rubbers and drill out the bracket your self and re weld.
I do have the proper end links if you need them though.
Dave
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: 71FJ6 on November 25, 2007 - 08:41:56 pm
I have the end links.Thanks
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: BacardiCBR on November 28, 2007 - 12:33:48 am
I bought a rear sway bar from Firm Feel.  It mounts in the factory location, but I'm not 100% on if the rubber would work in the stock brackets.  If they don't fit, then perhaps you could get the brackets and the rubber from Firm Feel.  I found that they were very helpful and willing to work with you.  For instance, I needed the AAR style rear sway bar, but needed it bent for a B-Body rear.  They did it no problem.  Just an option for ya...
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: Bullitt- on November 28, 2007 - 09:52:56 am
I have purchased bushings from Energy Suspension that are of the correct size except they have a bulge on the edge that I think can be cut off to make fit. I have yet to do this but give me a few weeks & I will work on them & report back.....just be patient.
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: Bullitt- on April 02, 2008 - 07:16:53 pm
REPOST

Installed the Energy Suspension Bushings p# 9.5108G in the OE rear sway bar brackets. Had to remove the raised lip from one side, greased well & pressed in using a bench vise & used the brackets from the kit to hold OE brackets off to allow bushing to come through.
 
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Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: FJ5_440 on April 02, 2008 - 08:28:33 pm
I have purchased bushings from Energy Suspension that are of the correct size except they have a bulge on the edge that I think can be cut off to make fit. I have yet to do this but give me a few weeks & I will work on them & report back.....just be patient.

I used the same parts, but in black.  I wasn't comfortable cutting the ends off of the bushings, so I drilled out the welds on the brackets and used a recessed head machine screw and nut to bolt the brackets back on.  That way the bushings won't be able to work their way out of the brackets.
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: Bullitt- on April 02, 2008 - 08:39:28 pm
I used the same parts, but in black.  I wasn't comfortable cutting the ends off of the bushings, so I drilled out the welds on the brackets and used a recessed head machine screw and nut to bolt the brackets back on.  That way the bushings won't be able to work their way out of the brackets.

As hard as it was to press the bushings in I doubt that they would work out, dont think there's much side load on them.... ck back in a few years & I can tell for sure.  ;D
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: ChallengerHK on April 02, 2008 - 09:10:00 pm
I have to ask a stupid question: how do you fit poly bushings over the end link eye? Are the bushings cut in two with a band saw?
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: Topcat on April 02, 2008 - 10:07:20 pm
Nice work Bullitt.  :2thumbs:


 question...

Has anyone ever put a 8 3/4 rear sway bar onto with a Dana 60?
I have the rear sway bar and well...considered it. but never saw anyone try it before.
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: Bullitt- on April 02, 2008 - 10:19:29 pm
I have to ask a stupid question: how do you fit poly bushings over the end link eye? Are the bushings cut in two with a band saw?
The bushings come split on one side and slide on with some effort.
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: thedodgeboys on April 04, 2008 - 06:45:49 am
Nice upgrade.


Hay Topcat
I think they should work fine on a dana 60 also
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: ChallengerHK on April 04, 2008 - 09:27:53 am
Here's an interesting question, and only slightly off-topic. In other threads people have talked about frame damage resulting from the frame mounts and ways around it. If you drill the rivets that hold the  bushing clamps to the frame mounts and replace them with bolts, what if you then welded the frame mount to the frame as a gusset? You'd have to make some provision for the bushing brackets (I'm thinking weld nuts inside the frame rails), but it seems like that should reinforce the rails sufficiently.  :dunno:
Title: Re: Rear sway bar bushings
Post by: larry4406 on February 09, 2019 - 08:10:43 am
Nice work Bullitt.  :2thumbs:


 question...

Has anyone ever put a 8 3/4 rear sway bar onto with a Dana 60?
I have the rear sway bar and well...considered it. but never saw anyone try it before.

Did this ever get answered?  Sorry for waking up an old post.