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post #1 of 13 Old 10-24-2012, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Quick Disconnect with stock endlinks

Well, I got bored today and decided to tinker on the Jeep before this weekends adventures. I happened to be at Home Depot and saw Clevis Pins for cheap and decided to make some quick discos. I picked up 2 universal Clevis Pins, 7/16" X 2 1/2" and the Locking pins to go with it. Back at the house I dug through my scrap drawer and found some washers to fit, pulled the lower bolt from the endlinks and replaced them with the pin. I just pull the pin, strap the sway and endlink up and head out on the trail. They do make a little bit of a rattle on the road when connected, but they've survived both abuse on the trail (still connected to see if they would break) and on the road. High speed cornering through a long sweeper brings very minor slop in the body sway (due to the play in the link), but I don't think many of us drive our Jeeps through On/Off Ramps like a racecar. I had to take it out to an abandoned airstrip to notice the slop
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I have done this to a few XJ's. While I was digging through one of my ammo cans the other day I found more of the hardware to make more and wondered if the JK would work in the same.

looks like it will.

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I used the same hardware to make my stow away pins for my links....just curious if those have the strength to hold up when connected.

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With all the holes, I see them bending very easy when loaded up.
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just curious if those have the strength to hold up when connected.
x2, those pins aren't a very hard material. They work well when put in double sheer on light applications..but a sway bar see's a pretty decent load. With it in single sheer with a decent moment on it by the end of the bushing, it may not last too long.

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We'll see how they hold this weekend, I'm going to stay connected for the first part of the day and see how they hold. They already held with me climbing one tire up on a slab at the runway...maxed out the connected flex....hell if they break, it'll cost a couple bus to replace.
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Don't be surprised if the head of the pin pulls through the washers.

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....hell if they break, it'll cost a couple bus to replace.
I would worry more about them breaking in a hard turn and loosing control of the jeep more than the cost of replacing them.


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I would worry more about them breaking in a hard turn and loosing control of the jeep more than the cost of replacing them.
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People have been running clevis pin disconnects for years without issues (the pin does wear out over time, but they're cheap to replace) so why would the now no longer work?

I'm just curious on your thoughts. The head is where all the strain would be and there's no holes right there, so it's decently strong. If the force was able to push on strictly the end not at the tab then it'd be a different story in my opinion, but as it is the pressure is distributed evenly along the pin and only the head really gets the tension.

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Good points by all, my concern for them breaking in a turn might be lessened considerably by the fact that I'm out here on Guam and the highest speed limit on island is 35. I would probably be less inclined to run them full time stateside where there are speed limits up to 85 in some areas. Risk of an emergency maneuver on the interstate with my boy in the back would leave a lot less room for experimenting with hardware store suspension components. Tomorrow I will take a look at them and see how everything is holding up and let y'all know. I put the whole suspension through hell yesterday with the sway connected the whole time. I was trying to see if I COULD break the pins, kinda surprised we didn't break anything else in the process Keep the conversation going, I want to hear everyone's opinions/experience on this to see if I want to make any changes.
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I'll have to try this! I was saying that I should do something like this once I saw the price of the jks disconnects..


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Sorry it took so long to get back, just got back from a trip with the family. So, after putting this setup through hell (connected the whole time), the outer washers had slight warping, but everything else was fine. I'm going to head to the hardware store and dig through the garage to find a thicker/stronger outer washers and go out and try to break 'em again. I'll keep giving updates until I get it solid. If anyone has their own ideas for reinforcement, post them up. So far absolutely no problems with the pins! I am going to find some kind of rubber spacer to put in to cut down on the rattles, though.

Edit-swapped out for better fitting washers and had no warping after last outing.

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