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Old 07-22-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Swapping Front Sway Bar Links

Has anyone noticed any better performance in the steering with aftermarket ones? I was searching and reading a post of someone that put MOOG Links on theirs and said they "Felt" better steering? Does this make sense? If anyone has swapped for MOOG or similar did you notice anything? How would this affect your steering and handling?


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When I swapped them out in my old car the steering felt firm but smoother at the same time. With bad endlinks sometimes you might notice the steering to feel a little loose, sloppy, or a clunking noise while turning.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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When I swapped them out in my old car the steering felt firm but smoother at the same time. With bad endlinks sometimes you might notice the steering to feel a little loose, sloppy, or a clunking noise while turning.
You just helped me diagnose my problem! Thank you. I am having a clunking over bumps and turns, and also steering feels both loose and sloppy. =]
So is Moog the Appropriate brand to go with? I believe their about $40.00 each or I found these for around $15. each. Opinions?

http://www.partsgeek.com/catalog/200..._bar_link.html

What is the difference in the 15.00 one and the 8.00 one?
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The $15 one is for the front sway bar, the $8 one is for the rear sway bar if you have one. The swivel joints wear out on the front and clunk and squeak, the bushings on the rear one wear out and usually just squeak. Both can lead to looser or sloppy handling when worn A lot of people like the Duralast links from Autozone, they're about $15 each and have grease fittings. I've had these in my 2008 for about 20,000 miles with no problems.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
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Ok, I will look into the duralast. I see the MOOG is only 22.00, Might pay the extra $7.00 each to try them out.

Also here is a picture of mine :(

http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/...1/IMAG0144.jpg
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Those don't look very good haha. If that doesn't work I would look at what was said above and tie rod ends. You can do it all at once or be cheap like me and replace the parts one at a time
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Those don't look very good haha. If that doesn't work I would look at what was said above and tie rod ends. You can do it all at once or be cheap like me and replace the parts one at a time

Thanks for the advice. The tie rods also effect the power steering performance?
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Tie rods, ball joints, strut mounts, end links, wheel bearing any of these things you can notice slop, clunking, or grinding noises but you can diagnose them individually. From what you described and the pic it seems like end links to me but you never know. Keep us posted!
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Go with Moog end links, I tried both Autozone stuff, and Advance auto parts, and they either wore out too quick, or I noticed they were different lengths.
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