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Old 10-09-2011, 10:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How do you know when your sway bar links are bad?

It seems like the new fad is to replace your OE sway bar links for the MAXXLink Performance Sway Bar End Links. How do you know when the factory links are bad?
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When you hear the clunking under your feet when driving. It feels like someone is taping on your floor board.
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When you hear the clunking under your feet when driving. It feels like someone is taping on your floor board.
Thanks! Is there a common mileage when this starts to happen? Iím at 77,000 miles and havenít experienced the floor tapiní yet.
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It seems like the new fad is to replace your OE sway bar links for the MAXXLink Performance Sway Bar End Links. How do you know when the factory links are bad?
lol.. The reason I am changing mine is the lower boots are basically gone and the bushings look like within a year or so they may go / may not.. but new new ones aren't thAt much.. Plus I was just going over the front end looking around.. I have had my truck 7 years and have not really had any problems with the ball joints/other front end parts.. But I am putting the maxx links and a stabilizer bar on just because..
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lol.. The reason I am changing mine is the lower boots are basically gone and the bushings look like within a year or so they may go / may not.. but new new ones aren't thAt much.. Plus I was just going over the front end looking around.. I have had my truck 7 years and have not really had any problems with the ball joints/other front end parts.. But I am putting the maxx links and a stabilizer bar on just because..
I know what you mean. After reading this forum, youíd think that the Dodge suspension starts to fall apart the day you drive it off the lot and everything needs to be replaced within the first 50,000 miles. So far, I havenít replaced anything on my truck, so thatĎs why IĎm confused as to why people are changing their entire front-end. I keep thinking that something is going to break or tear loose at anytime, lol.

I need to give my mom and wife gift ideas for Christmas. I saw that the Maxx Links were affordable, so that would make a good Christmas present. And if itís something that I need to replace sometime in the future, then I donít mind asking for them.
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I've got 151,500 on my 06 so that is why I am going through the entire front end and replacing most of the components. I figure it's probably time! Maxx links are on the list as well.
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mine are twisted like j hooks and still work fine, I have a 160.00 set of moogs to install but the old nasty ones keep holding on, and about the boots hahaha they fell off 50k ago
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My passengers side one had snapped, soooooo I figured it was due.
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When the links are bad the anti-roll bar is slower to respond, and can't work as well when it does. As you are going down the highway twitch the wheel to see if the truck is starting to feel as if it is going to go out of control. Compared to what it should have felt like when new. Granted, other worn components will add to this, but the links are cheap and easy to replace in comparison.

Links, bushings and shock absorbers ought to be good for about 100k of light driving before wear becomes appreciable (as Ram brakes and OEM Michelins are also good for about this long).

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