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Recommended brand of Sway bar links 1996 850

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Re: Recommended brand of Sway bar links 1996 850

Post by erikv11 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:06 pm

dcarlson12 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:55 am
... I looked up some reviews about the Mevotech and one site said that they don't have the hex socket to prevent them from turning during installation or removal. How do you hold them to prevent them from rotating during installation or removal? ...
They probably have the flat surfaces behind the boot, and you can grab them with a wrench. Every end link I have ever seen, has one or the other.

An impact wrench will usually get you around that too, FWIW.
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Re: Recommended brand of Sway bar links 1996 850

Post by amblerman » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:30 pm

I can't speak to the Mevotech's specifically, but they may have two flat sections right above the boot that you can use a special bicycle wrench on.
The special bicycle wrench is called a cone wrench. It's a very thin wrench.

Like this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cone_wrench

You can see it looks like a regular wrench but super thin. They come in all sorts of sizes and any 1/2 way decent bike shop that sells tools will have them. Park is a common brand at bike shops.

Below is a picture (not a volvo) that gives you an idea of how it would work.
Green = sway bar
yellow = your cone wrench

Note: in the picture they are using a regular wrench. When I did my sway bars, I did not have enough room for a regular wrench. Only a cone wrench would work.
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Re: Recommended brand of Sway bar links 1996 850

Post by amblerman » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:35 pm

erikv11 beat me to my reply.

Here's a picture illustrating what we both mean. In this case it's more than just two flats.

Cone wrench would go where green arrow is pointing.
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Re: Recommended brand of Sway bar links 1996 850

Post by GlennG2759 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:22 pm

Exactly, as I remembered. Flats easy to grab

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