I had the progress group rear sway bar and front upper strut tower bar before upgrading the end links, so the handling and grip were improved, but upgrading the end links was the icing on the cake. I can tell a difference, and highly recommend them.I'm planning to upgrade my rear sway bar so I might just install these at the same time.
What do these end links do and what difference in handling one would expect?Replaced the front and rear sway bar end links with these beefy Mevotech ones.
For whatever reason, some bright star at Toyota thought it was a good idea to use plastic end links in the front rather than metal to cut corners. I’m thinking: “Really Toyota? You have to be THAT cheap?” Luckily, these all metal ones are tough, painted for rust resistance, and come with zerk fittings too. 😃
As you can see in the pictures, they’re a lot thicker than the stock ones, so when you’re cornering aggressively, it helps keep the car planted. One of the first things I noticed while holding them is that the upgraded ones have thicker and stiffer ball joints, and they have zerk fittings so you can grease them. Also, in case if you overfill them with grease, they’re designed to let out any excess so as not to damage the inside of the ball joints. If you only upgrade the links without a bigger rear sway bar and/or an upper front strut tower bar, you may or may not feel that much of a difference, but it beats having cheap plastic ones that aren’t as strong. Some of the original links had ruptured boots in the ball joints, so it was leaking grease and more or less useless at that point. There was too much play in them, and one of the rear ones bent which doesn’t help either. At 61,000 miles, this is unacceptable - OEM or not.What do these end links do and what difference in handling one would expect?
So where do you buy these rear sway bar , the strut brace, the end links and also the lowering springs? Could Toyota still do the alignment?Bottom line is: I already had a bigger rear sway bar and a strut brace up top in the engine bay, so the handling was improved to begin with, but these new end links are like the icing on the cake, and the car now feels very planted to the ground. Any lateral body movement is virtually eliminated.
EV-I have the same feeling hope it is not so bad and repair or replaceable, worse case I can replace it with ebay used unit.
Thanks, I will report if anything worth saying.