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Sway Bar Mounting Bolts Removal

I am replacing my front sway bar. The bolt that holds each end is like a stack of a bunch of things... like from the top down:

Nut
Cup Washer
Bushing
Sway Bar
Bushing
Spacer
Bushing
Lower Control Arm
Cup washer
Bolt head

I can get everything off down to the spacer... but the spacer seems stuck on. I can't get the damn thing to break free, and I'm wondering if I'm missing something, like maybe a CLIP somewhere...

New sway bar comes with all new replacement parts for this whole thing so I have no problem destroying the darn thing to get it off... but I'd rather do it easier than harder...

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Forgot to mention... 2008, 3.5L Flex
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Have you tried a rust penetrant? Sounds like a stubborn/rusty endlink. If no success, break or cut off.
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Yeah, before I quit for the day I sprayed both down with PB Blaster.
Will try again tomorrow.
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Is the new sway bar coming with new stab links?
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New sway bar comes with all new replacement parts for this whole thing so I have no problem destroying the darn thing to get it off... but I'd rather do it easier than harder...

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Is the new sway bar coming with new stab links?
Read original post again maybe?
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I can get everything off down to the spacer...

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New sway bar comes with all new replacement parts...
You got a hack saw? Cutting torch? New hardware makes it a no-brainer.

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If your socket set is all the same brand, you might be a city slicker.

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No hacksaw or torch... and I'm a bit afraid of bending my lower control arm where it mounts... It's been soaked in PB for over a day now... I haven't been back out there yet to try... I will after the Cubs game today.

The main thing I was curious about was if there's some sort of clip on top of that spacer that I'm not seeing... there was a lot of rust there so I wasn't sure... but it doesn't seem like there is.
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Nope, the bolt and spacer are just rusted together... you're going to have to cut it
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No hacksaw or torch... and I'm a bit afraid of bending my lower control arm where it mounts... It's been soaked in PB for over a day now
You are going through way too much trouble. Cut them and be done with it.

If they are rusted to an un-removable condition they should be replaced. And if you do bend your lower control arm getting them out, you have more problems than sway bar links.
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