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I thought I would share with you my experience with my Raybestos front sway bar end links as a warning to others. I got a set from Rockauto for my car and went to install them last night. Everything was going smooth. Got the old ones off with a few strategic hammer blows. The problem was that the bolts in the new endlinks started spinning almost instantly when i tried to tighten them down. They have a hex keyway in the end of the stud that you can put an allen wrench in to prevent this. I should have stopped right then but I stupidly continued the install, basically stripping out the inside of the bolt to keep it from spinning. Long story short the second side has a nut that is seized halfway down. I cant tighten or remove it. I totally shredder the keyway. So now I'm going to have to cut it off with a grinder to remove it and replace with another new part:mad:

At least Rockauto is refunding the price of the parts. Its always the simplest projects that snowball into a huge migraine.....
 

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Thats a good idea. Unfortunately it is hanging by a thread, literally. I was trying to cut the nut off with a dremel but i ran out of time last night.
 

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Had the same problem. I used the original nut that was already on the car; the new nut was too hard to get on without it getting jammed and damaging the endlink as you have to force it on with too much torque. Seems they put a plastic??? lock inside the new nuts that make it get jammed onto the threads.
 

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Thats the plan. I might have to bust out my air chisel if that doesn't work. I picked up some new one links from autozone during lunch. Hopefully I'll get them installed tomorrow.
 

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I have those on my car and have had NO problems with them what so ever. They've been in for a year. I had no problems installing them correctly with the nut that was supplied. I just recently had them off as well and reinstalled them with no issues.
 

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I have used Raybestos with good results, also. I may be misunderstanding the issue, but did you maybe use the wrong size allen key? My friend had purchased endlinks that used an english nut, but metric allen key - very awkward.

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I have used Raybestos with good results, also. I may be misunderstanding the issue, but did you maybe use the wrong size allen key? My friend had purchased endlinks that used an english nut, but metric allen key - very awkward.

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Well, Raybestos has their SERVICE grade (the cheap stuff that really isn't up to Chinee standards) and their PROFESSIONAL grade (which is actually pretty good stuff, usually.)

Yours may have been professional, the OP specified service.

I'm lazy, I'll stick with Motorcraft, Moog, or ACDelco, thankyouverymuch.

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^^ +1. Anything worth taking the time to do is worth doing right the first time. :)
 

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Everything service grade is crap. A few years ago a friend of mine limped a heap of 87 taurus in my shop needing a tie rod end. The car as on it' last leg and we figured it woud be lucky to last 6 months. I told the lady that and we got a $10 tie rod end. It had 60 day guarantee, it lasted 63 days.
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I learned my lesson with the service grade parts. I was trying to save a few bucks by going with cheapies. A 45 min job turned into multiple hours of headache.

I installed the autozone ones installed this morning. The boots on the joints say trw, which I believe is who made the oems. The seem much to be built much better than the Chinese junk.
 

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Yeah those are made by Dana Corp. I have the sane set on both of my birds the autozone/Dana Corp units are marked TRW. Nothing wrong with them.
 

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Well, Raybestos has their SERVICE grade (the cheap stuff that really isn't up to Chinee standards) and their PROFESSIONAL grade (which is actually pretty good stuff, usually.)

Yours may have been professional, the OP specified service.

I'm lazy, I'll stick with Motorcraft, Moog, or ACDelco, thankyouverymuch.

RwP
Mine were the Service grade. Like most cheap things, the quality control probably isn't the best. Either way, I'd agree the other brands would more than likely be better.

Stephen
 
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