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  1. #1 Sway bar link installation issue 
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    01 Grand Prix......
    I hit my wheel, bent control arm and inner tie rod end. Got the inner tie rod end on, and lower control arm on.
    I'm trying to install the sway bar link, and the sway bar is too close to the lower control arm to get my sway bar link bushings in place.
    I started to loosen the two bolts holding the sway bar itself to the sub frame but the front one (of course, the hardest one to get at)
    Is fighting me the whole way out.
    I wasn't going to replace the sway bar link on the other side at this time.
    But do you think I need to cut the sway bar link off of the other side so the sway bar will swing up enough to install the 1st. side?
    I can't see where the sway bar might have also bent, causing my issue, because the sway bar where the link mounts, and the mounting boss on the control arm are still in line.
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    Maybe there is not too much activity over here any longer?
    I guess I might have to just cut that other side off and see what happens I haven't tried to do anything with it yet since I posted.
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    May have to let the control arm droop down a bit to get the links in place if you have a jackstand under it. If you hit the wheel hard enough to bend all of that they swaybar may be shoved over some. If you haven't unbolted it see if there are any clean marks on the bar where it mounts at the bushings that may indicate it moved over. Could possibly be more bent up things that were overlooked.
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    I know. I un-did the other side and got the 1st side on.
    I didn't tighten the first side link yet, it's just started.
    Tightened the other side
    (good side)
    With the control arms hanging
    Down it ( the link kit) looks
    A bit closer to the axle, so I think it's tweaked slightly.
    I'll have to tighten the link kit and set it on the ground, or put
    a jack under the control arms, making it about at ~ride height
    And see what it looks like.
    I was hurting too bad to continue today.
    I'm sure hoping to NOT have to change the sway bar too.
    Maybe I can tweak it back slightly somehow if need be.
    Thanks for the reply.
    I'll let yin's know.
    Hope I made sense, I'm tired.
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    Looks like everything is clearing ok, with the sway bar link end's tightened, when jacked up under the control arm, and also wheel on and let down on the ground.
    Link looks slightly closer (forward towards axle) on the side I had to work on,
    than the passenger side, but it's clearing ok.
    Yes, sway bar may be treated slightly, but all seems ok, visually and also on road test.
    Thank you for the replies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbreezeet1 View Post
    Looks like everything is clearing ok, with the sway bar link end's tightened, when jacked up under the control arm, and also wheel on and let down on the ground.
    Link looks slightly closer (forward towards axle) on the side I had to work on,
    than the passenger side, but it's clearing ok.
    Yes, sway bar may be treated slightly, but all seems ok, visually and also on road test.
    Thank you for the replies.
    (Sway bar may be tweaked, not treated)
    I don't see an edit option.
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