Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Dale City, VA
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Re: Making Sway bar Quick disconnect
Well here's what I did. I cut the factory link in half. Well actually not in half. There is a (almost! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img]) straight section in the middle. I divided and marked this into 3 equal sections and cut it so one half has one third and the other half has two third left. The rod is about 1/2 inch so I went and got a 1/2 inch threaded coupler. It's about 1.5" long and has a hex cross section. They come in all sizes. I got mine in Lowes. I also got a 1/2" thread die and a handle. I threaded both and of the two halves, one for 1/3, the other for 2/3. The coupler can thread over the shorter piece, locking it firmly together. To disconnect, just unscrew it so the coupler goes over the longer rod and stays there. Then you can fold the two halves out of the way. You can screw/unscrew it with bare hands, no wrench needed! It actually adresses the problems that ALL other commercial sway bar discos have: hard to put them back on! You have to twist the sway bar to allow the rod to slide into the tube about an inch and then try to line up the holes to put the pin in. The only issue with this setup that you have to cut the thread which is a b!tch! The rod is sometimes slightly larger than 1/2" and has a slight bend in it so you have to trim it first. I used a grinder and a file as I went on with the threading. You'll see the thread going out to one side when it reaches a slight bend. Anyway you can trim it enough and cut enough thread to take almost all the coupler screwed on. Mine ended up about 1/8 short but still works. Btw, you only have to do one side and leave the other connected. It'll work fine. Total cost is $11. I stop now cuz my arms hurt from all the threading. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Later.
'91 YJ,I-6,2.5" lift,Boomerangs,33s,D30,D35c,Lock-Rights F&R