Sway bar end Links too tall
hi all, so i installed an oversized (1.25"...I think) sway bar a while back while i had motor out and front end off. after the fact, i realize this is a bit of an overkill but it was not easy getting in so i decided to roll with it and see how i liked it. well, the car drove and felt great so along we went. long story short, i had an end link failure....not due to size or stress from sway bar but another event that happened when a wheel bearing failed and the wheel walked out on the spindle. bent everything up and the top spindle bolt made contact with the top of the end link and took a chunk out of it. i replaced spindle and all that jazz. sway bar seemed sturdy and just had a hunk taken out of top nut & threaded rod. i figured we'd ride it out and see, Now it finally failed and weakened enough that it collapsed the spacer and the sway bar rode down the end link.
time to replace the end links.
so i go to the parts store, grab new end links that match the part number the guy came up with for a 67 camaro (same number i came up with in my searches). they're about 1" longer than the ones that came with my sway bar and when i put them in with the suspension unloaded and control arm hanging down, the top of the end link is dangerously close to the top control arm. this tells me there's no way i can put the car on the ground and tighten things up because it wont clear. the links that came with the sway bar are 6.25" in total length and cleared everything fine..(until my wheel bearing mishap).
now i can't find an end link this short through the parts stores or google searching. looking for some help and advice that does not involve removing / replacing the sway bar. not happening, it was not fun to install with everything apart, don't even want to attempt getting it out of a whole car. please help