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Front Sway bar Links and bushing replacement. W/PICS

got these from Greg at PRG

and these (notice the lube that comes with) http://www.suspensionconnection.com/...ml?id=TTz8wWhP


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Had to ream 3 out of four holes



OLD stuff
rubber was rotting and cracking
link hardware was rusted and one nut had to be chiseled off. (you northeast coast guys will probably need to cut them off)



Thought I had a good spare from the old set then noticed that it had a cracked rubber boot. Allowing the lubricant to leak out.



The nylon threaded nut goes on the bottom according the PRGs website photo. The other nut is shorter and has no nylon insert. It again goes ON top

The first photo shows them incorrectly placed on the wrong ends of the links. This was how they arrived from shipment. I then consulted the PRG web site an after looking at Greg's photos I changed them to match. The Job consist of removing the sway bar links (two nuts on each sway bar link)then removing the bushing brackets(two bolts on each bracket). After removal new bushings are greased (using the shipped lubricant)then installed on the sway bar, then bolted up to the frame loosely. Links are attached at this point. It is easier to do this job if you remove the front wheels should you feel so inclined. It also makes reaming the lower sway bar link mount hole out easier.


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Is this routine maintenance or is the wear and tear just related to off-road activity?


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Routine in my opinion. I have had the truck 5 years.
Been off road all of 5 times(twice California and 3 times Moab)
Age related rudder deterioration.
Bushing are cheap (relatively) and the Links are well worth the upgrade if you wish to continue using the front links and sway bar with some offroad activites.( I know some don't)
Ya probably wont have to do this again for the life of your rig. You could always order the stock links from NISSAN and save a few bucks.

You may wanna check your rig to see how those rubber boots on the links are really doing.
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Looks good.

Do you think you'll see any benefit beyond OEM spec.?

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steel used to make the links looks better, stainless?(may rust or corrode slower)
bushings don't squeak with the lube and they are a higher quality material. should last longer.

From PRG website.....

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These are replacement sway bar end links for guys running tall leveling kits or extended travel upper a-arms. These are 1/4" to 1" longer than stock to prevent the endlinks from rotating past the center point on full suspension extension.


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I like the adjustability. My stock ones were pivoted to their limit after my lift. They were hard to install; the adjustable PRG's made it easy...

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Nice! I put aftermarket sway bar end links and bushings on my previous vehicle and I've thought about doing the Xterra. Might have to add this to the "to do" list.
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steel used to make the links looks better, stainless?(may rust or corrode slower)
bushings don't squeak with the lube and they are a higher quality material. should last longer.

From PRG website.....

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These are replacement sway bar end links for guys running tall leveling kits or extended travel upper a-arms. These are 1/4" to 1" longer than stock to prevent the endlinks from rotating past the center point on full suspension extension.

Thanks...I'll add this to my list of mods to do.

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check that spare you thought you had again, they're made so that they only work on one side. if you break one on the trail you'd probably be better off just disconnecting the front sway rather than reusing an old one thats a different length than your aftermarket ones
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You are right. I have thrown the old one away.

thanks, I had a brain fart.


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