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Old 12-14-2008, 02:11 PM   #1
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How to set adjustable front sway links

I have UUC sways and I did the homemade adj front sway links from the UUC tech site. Have bilstein PSSs set to the highest height setting.

So how do I determine the optimum length?
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:26 PM   #2
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If you have ramps use those if not then jackstands will do. Then adjust both side until you have the clearance you want. After that, adjust one side up and down until you notice the least amount of tension on the sway bar. Tighten it and your done.
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So basically the optimum length for the sway bar link is the one that places the lease amount of preload on it?
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Old 12-15-2008, 01:21 PM   #4
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Preload under what conditions? Empty car? Car with driver? It makes a difference but, IMHO, is really only a concern in competitive track environments.

Of more significance to you at this point would be adjusting the links so that the ends of the sway bar are roughly parallel with the ground and making sure the bars don't touch any other suspension components (eg, links too long can cause the ends of the bar to bump the control arms).
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You don't want to get into weights and all this bologne with a street car. Just jack the whole front of the car up, take off your wheels (so that it's easier to get to the adjustment nuts), shorten the links as much as possible (or enough to clear the control arm, as TxZHP04 said), and adjust one side until you can turn the adjustment nut with your fingers about 1/2 a turn. You might have to go back and forth between each side slightly, but it shouldn't be a hassle. Once you're there, there's zero pre-load and you're good to go.

If you're still a bit iffy about it, call up Turner Motorsport and ask them to email you their end-link installation guide. It's pretty comprehensive and easy to follow
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Once you're there, there's zero pre-load and you're good to go.
Negative, there only way to set zero pre-load is with the suspension weighted(word?). Drive the front of the car up on ramps, and adjust the endlink(s) from there. Theoretically the pivot point of the sway bar, the endlink attachment point on the sway bar, and the endlink attachment point on the strut should make a 90* angle. But on a street car it really doesn't matter, as long as it's roughly close to having the endlink vertical and the swaybar horizontal.

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Negative, there only way to set zero pre-load is with the suspension weighted(word?). Drive the front of the car up on ramps, and adjust the endlink(s) from there. Theoretically the pivot point of the sway bar, the endlink attachment point on the sway bar, and the endlink attachment point on the strut should make a 90* angle. But on a street car it really doesn't matter, as long as it's roughly close to having the endlink vertical and the swaybar horizontal.
Good call, specifics are always important.
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So basically the optimum length for the sway bar link is the one that places the lease amount of preload on it?
Generally yes, just do what i wrote. Some of the other stuff stated above is really neglegable on a street car.
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So I should set the length of the endlinks so that the endlink is close to vertical and about 90 degrees to the swaybar which should be horizontal.

Thanks, I think my question has been answered.
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You want to adjust the length so that the sway bar clears everything other than that don't worry about it.
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Just to be clear on the easiest way: Remove both endlinks. Set one endlink at the correct length and install it. Install the 2nd endlink to the strut and tighten it. Adjust the length to where it slides into the swaybar easily, tighten.
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