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Sup! finally my Sway Links arrived in the mail today so tomorrow project: Sway Bar Links!

I haven´t removed the OE Sway Links and I already can tell these are wayyyy Beefier...


Grease able too!





Lets hope they last longer than the originals....
 

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Is this for the front or the rear? Did you think about replacing the OE rear sway bar with a bigger one? I read there is a way to put the bar with active damper onto the car.
 

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Front Ones.
Yeah you can replace the BASE Sway Bar for the SPORT Suspension sway bar which is thicker on the rear and the front. Sadly the Sport Sway is hard to find and its quite expensive, If you are going that route you will need the thicker Sway Bar bushings and bushings brackets. These sway bar links works for both versions.

I will eventually replace the Sway Bars for the SPORTs when possible.
 

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05? the Sport suspension only came from 07 and up
 

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yeah, 2 more years to wait.
 

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The problem is availability... A lot of Base MDXs around me, Not many Sports.. If I saw a Sport I would be all over the wheels ASAP.
 

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Wanted to install these today but it rained here...
In any case Just looked at the price of the Sway Bushings and decided to order them and install everything together so I don´t have to do this twice.
 

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I always found that the rears sway setup last a ton on these cars, Even on my TL-S its running everything from the factory with 220K.
 

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This is next on my to-do list, I'm getting some clunking noises up front when going over uneven pavement. - skirmich, did you pick up OEM bushings or aftermarket?

I was thinking of using 22mm universal swaybar bushing from Energy Suspension.
 

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Andddd it is DONE!
Jesus it takes for ever for the company that ships my P.O. Box from SD to ENS! Bushings arrived at SD Thursday last week and they just arrived today to Ensenada....

Anyways...


Material seems soft enough but not too soft and they smell like my poly engine mounts in my TL-S.


Old Sway Links and Bushings:

Passenger side sway link seemed in good condition, Drivers side though was pretty curious.. Even with the entire front end lifted the sway link seemed OK. Pretty tight and no play. Once I removed it though?? The thing was a mess the lower ball end had so much play I could pop it out with little effort.. So in the MDX you cannot diagnose sway links without removing them for sure! do not give for granted they are OK just because they feel tight when moving them while installed.

As for the old bushings? DAMNNNN I think my MDX was riding on the OG bushings.. They are SOOO HARD they now feel like cheap plastic, like the plastic that you use to make keyboards for example.. They have absolutely NO GIVE:



Summary:
1.- Moog Sway Bar Links (Use 17mm Socket to remove old and install the moogs): Pretty damn fine, they are beefier for sure and the metal cage on them makes me feel confident they will last a good time. Installation was a breeze and having no stupid hex drive to install them makes them way easier to install or to remove eventually.. I used a tab of anti-seize on the threads and lower bolt flange so it doesn´t stick to the metal, The nut is self locking so no issues there. I soaked the link with Penetrating Oil before hand so it didn´t give me any problems to remove it.

2.- Sway Bar Bushings (Use 14mm Socket to remove the bushing bracket):
Both OG bushings were hardened to hell, I definitely needed to replace them.. Removing them wasn´t super easy specially the passenger side as it has a small budge on the rear nut which makes it hard to remove.. Drivers side was easier since there is no budge on top of the rear nut so removing the driver bushing is EASIER than the passenger.. The Moog bushings have less side tabs but once installed it doesn´t matter as it gets compressed. You will see that the gap of the bushing is open when the bracket is loose but when you tight them the gap disappears making it perfectly flush. So far I like the bushings, time will tell how they react.


Soo that´s it! I need to test it out and see if my small bump at low speed is finally gone.
In a 10/10 DIY scale difficulty I rate:
The links: 2/10 (Both)
The bushings: 2/10 (Drivers) 3/10 (Passenger)

I took around 1 hour and 30 minutes to do both sides.. Taking the amount of time it took me to take out the tools and jack the car, remove the wheels Id say its a solid 2 hour job.
 
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UPDATE:

YESSSSSSSSSSSSS FINALLY! No more knocking at low speed! I can even swear the ride was upgraded due to the softer sway bushings.. I went to a street in my neighborhood that is full of pot holes and small ridges and while driving at crawl speed before I could hear multiple knockings in my driver´s wheel only and the ride was harsh. Now I can go at the same crawl speed and no more knocking! but its also a lot smoother!!... Perfect for México Roads.

So mission accomplished!
Parts: 62.27dlls
2x MOOG Sway Links: 56.75 from this fella: https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Honda-...ash=item5441358dcc:g:TCwAAOSwnHZYbhR3&vxp=mtr
1x Sway Bushing Kit MOOG 5.52 from Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Moog-K90559-...pID=41gHubbDLxL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Labor: $0
 
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Well gotta say! this has been more of an upgrade that I intended so.
Ride is soooo much comfortable! gone are the little bumps I heard over bad roads while in traffic and the ride feels so smooth... Like how I was supposed to feel it when I replaced my front shocks but didn´t. Now I feel the shocks working properly.
 

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Impressive!

I purchased the same bushing and planned to replace it on my 2004. However, I thought it's hard to remove the old one. Is there any special tip to do so?

Thanks for sharing!
 

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Just use a normal 14mm socket and ratch and remove the 2 bolts, the only difficult one is the passenger one since there is a small body budge on top of the rear bolt which makes it difficult to remove it. In fact the bolt is so long that if you try to completely remove it with the socket and ratch you will bind it (You cannot remove the ratch because of the bolt and the body budge). Just undo the bolt and remove it by hand when is half way out.

Just take your time and its easy.. If you can jack up the entire front end of the car you will remove the tension out of the sway bar so it will be a ton easier... If you just jack up one tire the sway bar will pull down so you will have to support it with a breaker bar or something to lift it, Better jack up the entire front axle.
 

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Well gotta say! this has been more of an upgrade that I intended so.
Ride is soooo much comfortable! gone are the little bumps I heard over bad roads while in traffic and the ride feels so smooth... Like how I was supposed to feel it when I replaced my front shocks but didn´t. Now I feel the shocks working properly.
I had the same low speed knocking. I replaced the sway bar bushings only. It eliminated the low speed knocking sound that drove me crazy. I have a very slight knock on the passenger side but I can only reproduce when I mash the the accelerator to cause the transmission to down shifting from like 5mph, it seems the right wheel shifts ever so slightly, especially when slightly turning to the left. Other than that, the new bushings also solved my vibration issues at 80mph. So yes the links will get replaced next!
 

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Nice man! I hope changing the links fixes that.
Wish a lot of people know how relevant those little bushings are. I sure now do, even if mine weren´t loose the hardened nature really takes a toll on the ride. I still think my sway links was causing my knock at low speeds because it actually fixed another issue I thought it was spring related which was a weird binding noise I had when turning the wheels while standing still.
 

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Nice man! I hope changing the links fixes that.
Wish a lot of people know how relevant those little bushings are. I sure now do, even if mine weren´t loose the hardened nature really takes a toll on the ride. I still think my sway links was causing my knock at low speeds because it actually fixed another issue I thought it was spring related which was a weird binding noise I had when turning the wheels while standing still.
Bingo, you have diagnosed my issue and yes its the sway links, I currently hear that binding noise when turning the wheels! Only on the passenger side!!! So yes the links will be next!! BTW, my bushings were hard as plastic also, so I knew immediately my ride would be smoother without driving it.
 
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