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post #1 of 4 Old 09-27-2007, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rear Swaybar Links Rubbing

I installed my lift last week and when I went for the initial test drive, I didn't get very far because of the new rear swaybar links were rubbing the wheels. The links are from SkyJacker and the wheels in question are still the stock setup.

The mfg's install sheet was pretty lacking, so I mostly used the write-ups from another site. When I saw the problem, I searched thru the forum write-ups and the mfg's instructions and didn't see anything other than SJ said to use the "supplied" hardware and I used the OEM hardware. There is a definite difference in the OEM bolt and the SJ bolt, but I haven't tried replacing it yet.

I have also searched the forums for this issue but didn't really find anything other than a quick mention of possible interference with longer links and OEM backspacing. I kind of guessed that will be fixed when I put on the new rims.

However, I would like confirmation that this will be corrected by using a different backspacing. In my case, it will be a 15x8 wheel with 3.5" backspacing.

Secondly, is it OK to mount the links to the inside? The original setup has the links mounted to the outside of the mounting location.

If it matters, here is the lift setup:
SkyJacker Coils, bump stops, lower arms - front and rear
SkyJacker 3/4" front spacer
Full Traction adjustable track bars - front and rear
Tera Flex shocks for 3-5 inch lifts
Thanks in advance for any help
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-27-2007, 09:16 PM
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The factory wheels are a good 2" more "stuffed" under the fenders than the typical after market wheel for a JK. The stock wheels are something like 6+ inches compared to 4.5" after market.

This should fix your problems but so would wheel spacers if you wanted to keep the factory wheels.

If you snap a picture of the area rubbing we could probably help with a clever use of placements, washers and bolts if you just want to work around it in the mean time.
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I had to swap my driver's side link to the inside cuz it rubbed the edge of the rim after my Terraflex BB kit.
no problems in ~500 miles


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post #4 of 4 Old 09-28-2007, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the info, and I kind of figured it was a problem with backspacing. I picked up my wheels and tires from the shop that mounted them for me and I had time to get the rear ones mounted. Visual inspection leads me to believe that there is plenty of clearence now.

I debated mounting the links on the inside to be double sure, but visual inspection leads me to the conclusion that there would be problems with the link making contact with the coil and probably the axle mount.

Again, thanks for the help!
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