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    Front Sway Bar End link size?

    Hello,
    I am looking for some advice regarding the proper length for front sway bar end links on a 02 Camaro SS. I broke both bolts on the stock front sway bar end links, so I purchased a set of Energy Suspension, polyurethane end links. Right after ordering the ones listed for an 02 Camaro, I noticed their website states to "measure the length of OEM spacer sleeve to order the correct length". I measured the stock spacer sleeve and it is approx. 2 5/16". Here is the problem, the universal on I received for the 02 Camaro has a 2 7/8" sleeve. So this one is 9/16" longer than the original one. Should I just use this new universal one or order a 2 3/8" one from energy suspension. My car has dual uses: drag strip and SCCA Solo events. I want the car to handle better and I am afraid that with the longer end links that it may reduce the effectiveness of the sway bar.

    So anyone have any recommendations?

    Thank you.

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    Not too long ago I replaced the end links on my 02. The part # I bought was Energy Susp. 9.8125. this one measured at 2-3/8" . which was correct. I was able to find these in stock at my local Autozone. The part # is the same for front and rear.

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    Now, has anyone installed longer sway bar links, the ones Energy suspension recomends.
    How they work? I am installing 2 7/8, didn't know it's an issue untill disassembled.
    Also how far should I tighten the top nut on the link?
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    I'm not sure how the length of the links would alter the effectiveness (good/bad) of a given sway bar... Just make sure you tighten each end the same amount (i.e. 1/4" from tip of bolt, for example)

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    Here's some info.

    Front Sway Bar End link size?

    For tightening check the instructions my energy suspension untis told you how tight to tighten them.

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    Uhh... am i trippin or does that link lead to THIS thread?
    Last edited by davebowtie; 04-19-2009 at 11:35 AM. Reason: proper eng.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davebowtie View Post
    Uhh... am i trippin or does that link lead to THIS thread?
    No, but I must have been. Heres the real link

    swaybar rebuild

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    Well, I got mine installed 2 7/8'', nothing bad happened. There was clunking noise in front end which diappeared, old links were worn out. Just dunno what expect from longer links. Should I remove them and replace with the correct ones? What you think?

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    I wouldn't think it could hurt anything. I believe the swaybars should be parallel to the car for max effectiveness and that's what determines the endlink size.
    Last edited by thearborbarber; 04-20-2009 at 06:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexa View Post
    Well, I got mine installed 2 7/8'', nothing bad happened. There was clunking noise in front end which diappeared, old links were worn out. Just dunno what expect from longer links. Should I remove them and replace with the correct ones? What you think?
    I'm assuming u checked out the noise, especially after it disappeared. As long as nothing is damaged... what the heck? No harm no foul?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thearborbarber View Post
    I wouldn't think it could hurt anything. I believe the swaybars should be parallel to the car for max effectiveness and that's what determines the endlink size.
    Yeah, I guess you right.
    Still weird Energy suspension recommends wronf length end links for 98-02 f-bodies. I'll give them a call to find out what the heck

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexa View Post
    Yeah, I guess you right.
    Still weird Energy suspension recommends wronf length end links for 98-02 f-bodies. I'll give them a call to find out what the heck
    Good call, I'm curious now as well...

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