Front Sway Bar Link Replacement Brand?

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  1. EddieC

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    Any good aftermarket front sway bar links for our 2008 Tahoe? It seems that the design of most are different than oem as the plastic center sleeve seems to be replaced with a metal ferrel. That would seem to be just one more place to accumulate rust up here in salted winter road land. My links haven't broken but the bolt threads are pretty much corroded away so it might be just as bad where I can't see. I can imagine that this will be a sawzall job. Is it worth dealer parts with the original plastic sleeves at $38 a piece?
     
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    I would think a design that doesn't use a sleeve in the center would be best.

    That said, I installed a set of Moog problem solver part #K700538 ($15 each side from Advance Auto Parts) a couple months ago and they seemed pretty decent. Have a coating to help prevent rust and uses an aluminum spacer. Also has a lifetime warranty.

    I sprayed the shaft and threaded areas with Fluid Film during install to help protect from rust.

    I think a couple other members have installed them too recently.

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    That brand seems to have a number of models in the line up. The high and low in the pricing appear similar to the one you linked with a bare metal ferrel in the middle around the bolt and the upper middle priced item has the plastic like the oem. https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=2153118&cc=1441040&jsn=1884

    On the "Ultimate" version that you have, how does that "barrel nut" on the top work?
    Do you get a standard wrench on it?
     
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    I don't know if that sleeve is subject to compression but that would bother me. Aluminum deforms pretty easily. Jeep was replacing my G Cherokee's rear differential every 10,000 miles because of aluminum carrier the bearings get misaligned. I finally gave up on it just before the warranty ran out.
     
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    The OE has a plastic sleeve, even softer than aluminum.

    The ones on my mustangs have no sleeves, they have a flattened/bulged spot pressed into the metal rod that keeps the washers from sliding further towards the center of the rod.

    I've also seen them where only so much of each end of the rod is threaded and a nut is screwed on up until it reaches the end of the threads and won't go no further, then washer/bushing
     
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    To say that aluminum deforms easy is a very broad statement and doesn’t take into account the various grades of aluminum and their associated material properties. I would be willing to bet that your issues with your Grand Cherokee were due to more than the fact that the carrier was made out of aluminum.

    I would not be afraid of an aluminum sleeve failing in this application.
     
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    I can assure you it is not ALUMINUM, 100% steel and excellent bushings.
     
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    Definitely wouldn’t be afraid if those failing either.:rolleyes:
     

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