Anybody Know What Front End Sway Bar/Link/Arm Kit This Is?

Anybody Know What Front End Sway Bar/Link/Arm Kit This Is?

Postby ri$e*above [OP] » July 10th 2020, 7:10pm

I have a 2002 Safari AWD with a 7 inch Journey lift kit, that is currently running at a 5 inch lift. Can anybody help me identify what parts and what work has been done to the front end? The previous owner had it installed and he had an alignment done. Also, does it look like the ball joints have been flipped? Does everything seem to look ok?

I'm new to Astros/Safaris and lifting, so I'm going through old posts and trying to swat up on info.

Cheers :thumbup:
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Re: Anyone Know What Front End Sway Bar/Link/Arm Kit This Is

Postby augidog » July 10th 2020, 7:54pm

edit, will look at the pic now.

to me it looks like a stock bar (the flattened curves indicate probably hollow) with replacement bushings and aftermarket end links. a standard OE configuration, including the ball joints, looks exactly like my 95 AWD. with my record lately, I should probably add "corrections welcome."

lots of new parts, good for you.
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Re: Anyone Know What Front End Sway Bar/Link/Arm Kit This Is

Postby ri$e*above [OP] » July 10th 2020, 8:10pm

augidog wrote:edit, will look at the pic now.

to me it looks like a stock bar (the flattened curves indicate probably hollow) with replacement bushings and aftermarket end links. a standard OE configuration, including the upper ball joints, looks exactly like my 95 AWD.

lots of new parts, good for you.


Thanks for the reply :thumbup:

Do the ball joints look flipped? If not, should they be with the 5 or 7 inch lift?

What else looks to have been replaced with new parts besides the sway bar bushings and end links?
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Re: Anyone Know What Front End Sway Bar/Link/Arm Kit This Is

Postby augidog » July 10th 2020, 8:15pm

they're not flipped. I can't advise on lifting. someone who knows will be along shortly, count on that.

I see replacement ball joints and at least one new idler arm.
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Re: Anybody Know What Front End Sway Bar/Link/Arm Kit This I

Postby Rinny » July 10th 2020, 8:30pm

It appears to me the upper ball joints have been moved to the bottom of the upper control arm.
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Re: Anybody Know What Front End Sway Bar/Link/Arm Kit This I

Postby augidog » July 10th 2020, 8:48pm

Rinny wrote:It appears to me the upper ball joints have been moved to the bottom of the upper control arm.
I had to do a double take, and you are correct, not flipped but moved down for sure. or, that's what flipped means?

edit...the lowers as well.

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Re: Anybody Know What Front End Sway Bar/Link/Arm Kit This I

Postby ri$e*above [OP] » July 11th 2020, 3:42am

Rinny wrote:It appears to me the upper ball joints have been moved to the bottom of the upper control arm.




augidog wrote:I had to do a double take, and you are correct, not flipped but moved down for sure. or, that's what flipped means?

edit...the lowers as well.



Thanks :thumbup:

I'm also confused by the ball joints. If they have been moved to the bottom, is that what flipped means? If so, I should be ok with them as they are with the current 5 inch lift?
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Re: Anybody Know What Front End Sway Bar/Link/Arm Kit This I

Postby dit » August 2nd 2020, 4:26pm

Yes that is what "flipped" refers to and yes yours have been flipped. Other noticeable changes include new poly swaybar bushings and upgraded swaybar links.

The idler arms look new also; imagine that! 8-)
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Re: Anybody Know What Front End Sway Bar/Link/Arm Kit This I

Postby gavio » August 2nd 2020, 10:18pm

If so, I should be ok with them as they are with the current 5 inch lift?


Yes, if the front end alignment comes into spec (camber specifically) than you are good to go with the ball joints flipped.... Only reason to put them back would be if you had too much positive camber and it couldn't be aligned....
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