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      Sway bar links

      So I've been searching the forum for any entries about this, but had no luck so far except for a couple of people mentioning this and no solid info/links. Are there aftermarket thicker sway bar links available for our cars? If not, does it make sense to change them right now (I'm at about 30k, but I'm also about to install all of the UR bars on my car).

      I just looked around and figured out that from mid-06 to 07 Aveos went to 18mm sway bar (so I'm in luck on that one, I already have a thicker one), and then for whatever reason in 08 they went back to the old part number. not sure why they would do that.

      Anyways, is there a point to change those to the eBay ones? (found here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-FRONT- ... 1176wt_939 )...

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      Re: Sway bar links

      Quote Originally Posted by serega12
      So I've been searching the forum for any entries about this, but had no luck so far except for a couple of people mentioning this and no solid info/links. Are there aftermarket thicker sway bar links available for our cars? If not, does it make sense to change them right now (I'm at about 30k, but I'm also about to install all of the UR bars on my car).

      I just looked around and figured out that from mid-06 to 07 Aveos went to 18mm sway bar (so I'm in luck on that one, I already have a thicker one), and then for whatever reason in 08 they went back to the old part number. not sure why they would do that.

      Anyways, is there a point to change those to the eBay ones? (found here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2-FRONT- ... 1176wt_939 )...

      Any suggestions?
      Unless your links need to be changed, I wouldn't touch them. You won't notice any difference. There are no aftermarket sway bars for this car... so looking for an 07 sway bar might be your best bet for better performance.
      I leased Pontiac Wave from September 2006 to August 2011.

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      Re: Sway bar links

      I agree with ontarian_frog. They don't bend or flex, so it won't make a difference if you change em.

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      Re: Sway bar links

      Are those the bushings that creak and make all the noise?

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      Re: Sway bar links

      Quote Originally Posted by johnygogo
      Are those the bushings that creak and make all the noise?
      From what I understand - yes, those are the bushings that make all that noise.

      Quote Originally Posted by ontarian_frog
      Unless your links need to be changed, I wouldn't touch them. You won't notice any difference. There are no aftermarket sway bars for this car... so looking for an 07 sway bar might be your best bet for better performance.
      If I understood the dealer correctly, mid-06 IS already a thicker sway bar... it lasted through the second half of 06 and the year of 07 and then went back to the first part number (which, I assume, was 17mm sway bar).

      Please correct me if I'm wrong. According to the dealer, I already have an 18mm sway bar. I visually compared it to an 05 and mine does look a little bigger. That's fine by me though, one less mod to do.

      And thank you guys for all the input. I will keep my sway bar links until they start rattling or get twisted or something...
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      Re: Sway bar links

      Quote Originally Posted by johnygogo
      Are those the bushings that creak and make all the noise?
      No. Those are the links. The bushings are a totally different thing.
      [attachment=0:2yuk4xh0]swaybarbshings.jpg[/attachment:2yuk4xh0]
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      Re: Sway bar links

      Quote Originally Posted by ontarian_frog
      Quote Originally Posted by johnygogo
      Are those the bushings that creak and make all the noise?
      No. Those are the links. The bushings are a totally different thing.
      [attachment=0:npueznge]swaybarbshings.jpg[/attachment:npueznge]
      They say nothing about the part number in here though... that would be kind of nice to know.

      And frog, I think he's talking about the creaking noise described in the bulletin ... the creaking while going over speed bumps. In that case you guys are talking about the same thing...
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      Re: Sway bar links

      ahh ok. Yeah there are part numbers on the other page...

      2004-2005 96653351
      2006 96653352

      I'm pretty sure these have been superseded by newer numbers still, because the ones I got are a different part number still. That's why I said to ask for the updated sway bar bushings.
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      Re: Sway bar links

      Well, I just came back from the dealer, and he got me the number that matches yours exactly - 96653352. They said it changed mid-year so they had me go get my vin number so they can find out which part of the year mine was made in, and I was in luck - it was the second P/N. They double-checked 08 for me (my dad's Aveo's year) and to my surprise they said that they went back to the old (first) part number.

      When I visited him today, I measured mine and his sway bars, and sure enough, mine is 18mm and his is 17mm (he has an 08 Aveo5). Idk why they would go back to the thinner sway bar...
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      Re: Sway bar links

      there are lots of reasons to go thinner on a standard market car.

      the weight changes in the newly refaced sedan could have effected handling, then as a carry over part in the factory they changed them all. The change in spring rate, or upgrades bushing could allow it to be downsized,

      it could have bee adjusted to reduce or increase steering response (oversteer/understeer)

      we are talking about the general market comfort though, not performance.






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