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Old 06-13-2011, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Replacing rear sway bar links

I talked to some friends about a clunking noise I'm getting in the rear end of my car when going over certain bumps (not all) and they think I need to replace the rear sway bar links. They said it is somewhat common that when you use aftermarket sway bars, they will wear out the factory links more quickly.

The local Toyota dealership has them for $98 each but I found some Deeza brand links for $35 for the pair.

Any suggestions on where I can find factory replacements cheaper? Also, does this seem like a reasonable next step to take to try and solve this problem?

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Old 06-13-2011, 10:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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my end links began to clunk not long ago too... crawl underneath with a 14mm wrench/ratchet and tighten it, if it comes back in a week take the nut out and run some loc-tite on there then reinstall
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My gen 5.5 TRD rear sway bar made creeking noised over bumps and driveways after about a year from install. I first thought it was the rear struts and/or springs. Turns out the grease got dirty and the bushings needed to be re lubricated and retightened up. That fixed the sounds. Im just now starting to hear them again about 2 years later.
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I just re-lubed the sway bar bracket bushings in hopes that it would help with the clunking noise. Some of the noise went away but most of it is still there.

Re-tightening the links sounds like the next best thing to try before buying new ones. Thanks for the suggestions!
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If you do need new links, buy Deezas, I just got a pair myself. According to a couple tn'ers they are great quality and the boot is double layered so they are less prone to ripping and letting grease out.
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I just re-lubed the sway bar bracket bushings in hopes that it would help with the clunking noise. Some of the noise went away but most of it is still there.

Re-tightening the links sounds like the next best thing to try before buying new ones. Thanks for the suggestions!
that's cause either your driver's side or passenger side sway bar link is loose!!
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I checked both the links and both sides were torqued down to the factory specs. Just to see what would happen, I slightly over-tightened them with no difference in sound.

The next step is to buy the Deeza links and see how they work out. If anyone is interested, the part number is LE-L645 for both the driver and passenger sides. I will let everyone know if this solves the problem once I get the parts installed but it will be a couple weeks before I can install them.
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Remove the endlinks and move the bolts with one finger. If it freely moves then the bearing is bad and you'll need to replace the endlink. If it's hard to move then it's fine. The endlinks aren't hard to replace. I wouldn't waist money paying someone else to install them if I were you.
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