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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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The other day I had my car aligned after a lengthy break-in period post FE5 upgrade, and while my car was up in the air I had the mechanic do a basic suspension check. Mostly because I did the work myself and, well, I don't trust myself with an impact gun so I wanted to make sure all the bolts were still where they should be. He said everything checked out fine, other than the left front endlink was loose. He showed me the play on both sides and asked if I noticed the TOCK TOCK TOCKing noise. I did. He also said it wouldn't effect the alignment and I could replace it anytime I want. So, here are my questions: What effect will a loose link have on the handling characteristics of my car? Should I replace it for OEM or do I go for MOOGs and/or swaybar upgrade? Wildcard: It snows in Canada. Alot. Something to consider. Thanks a bunch.

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just buy a moog endlink and be done. I personally notice no difference with a bad sway bar endlink but some people say "well I dare say my car leans 1 degree farther in a turn". It'll just be an annoying noise til it gets fixed. My grand prix had a broken front sway bay right at the link and I noticed nothing.

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Haha, well I don't like loud noises that go bump in the night, and seeing how cheap the parts are and that I can replace them myself, I don't see the issue with replacing them. However, while I'm underneath my car, should I indulge in a 24mm FE5 swaybar? All I would need to sort out is which bushings and clamps (1 hole or 2) to use.

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Blackbalts would be better to comment on the sway bar

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Don't bother with a front sway bar

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I would suggest doing both end links together as opposed to just the problem side.

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You'd have to do both endlinks if you go with the fe5 ones. Buy them online tho. 20 bucks cheaper

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Well, I would venture to say the sway bar is a great upgrade, but you will need the TC bar (23mm) not the SC (24mm) if you upgraded to the 08+ FE5 struts. There is a difference in side to side stability, but it can be too much for your application. If autox is something you are going to try I would say run without it first because it might be too much with your current setup.


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I got my Moog end links tonight. I can't wait to get rid of the Tock Tock.

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Ok, going to wait on the sway bar until further notice. Seeings as I got FE5 shocks, do I need to buy the FE5 endlinks too I assume?

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