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So I didn't see a how to specifically on this when I was searching last week. It is a straight forward job, but I'm bored and took the pics.

I got aftermarket links, mevotech, from rock auto. Looked very good next to OEM and at $75 for all four corners to my door. Sold.


Front old v. New

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Rear old v. new

Notice the rears have grease nipples on them. The OEM didnt. They had grease in the, but I topped them off and snugged the threads for good measure. They fit perfect once installed. I personally always liked greasable joints.

Obviously take the wheels off etc. the end link attaches to the end of the sway bar and to the strut assembly next to accelerometer.



Empty hole center of pic and sway bar end at bottom of pic. Good time to look over struts, brakes and accelerometers (box next to hole). I also did my axle bolts while in there. Dealer had put in new stock ones but went up to XC90 anyway.


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XC90 plug has stopper. Torque to 26 ft lbs and the turn 90 degrees further to finish.

End links go in the way they came out. The top bolt is 19 mm (new link was 18mm on top) and bottom is 15mm. Both have torx bit ends to hold the stem while tightening. I took them off with an impact wrench so it was not an issue coming off. Torque both to 50 lbs. once you snug it up good you can put the torque wrench on and finish.



May have an issue with suspension lining up.



Put jack under hub assembly and raise it to line it up



Done and done for the front.

Rears are even easier. Two 18 mm bolts. Note the links I used did not have torx in the stem. There was a hex collar next to the boot for tightening. Much better IMO.



Rear link



New installed



Using hex collar to tighten. Torque to 59 ft lbs.

As mentioned pretty easy job. I will see how these links hold up vs stock. Entire job was 1 to 1.5 hours from entering the garage to backing out. Basic wrenches, sockets and a torque wrench are all that are needed.

Finished my day off with a wash, clay bar, wax and interior clean on the R. She is all ready for U of D homecoming tomorrow.

caR poRn.



 

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did you notice any handling benefits after replacing the endlinks?
 

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Nice job and write up!

I, with the help of a good friend, installed the Evolve Sways on my car with stock endlinks and so far they've held up fine. I have been wanting to get the iPD HD Links just because its 'HD' and figured it would complete the package so to speak, but been seriously considering the Mevotech from RockAuto whenever mine go bad... Either get the HD now and pay more money or wait it out as the stock ones are surprisingly doing well with the Sways in the 'tightest' position point.

Keep us posted on how they hold up. Why did you change yours? Visually, they look fine on the thread.
 

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were the diameters greater on the mevotechs or same as stock? The rears looked a little beefier.. And yeah any handling changes? If so if his old were shot then yeah hes gonna see improvement...
 

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I can't tell you how p!ssed I was when Volvo switched to the torx style of endlink. It's sooooooo much more cumbersome and slow compared to the hex-style like the old OEM links (think 850/70s). Those look cool, and esp at that price point. Keep us posted as to the wear!
 

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The front right was making some noise. I thought it was axle ping but the dealer put in new bolts over the summer and it didn't fix it. I did the XC bolts to be sure. The front right link was on the way out when I put did springs and struts. When I saw the price on RA I said F it and did all four corners. The Stock didn't look bad in pics but the boots were dry and starting to crack. Motion was wobbly when moved by hand.

I still notice a bit of creaking when I back in my drive way and come over the curb. Guess LCA are next. Think I am going to just swap the entire LCA out instead of playing with bushings. Not a fan of poly.

These links seemed to be identical in length and diameter. Only difference was boot color and the noted stuff on the rears.

Handling does feel a bit better, but I was chasing the popping gremlin more than anything. For $75 and an hour of my day off it was worth it.
 

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wow, that's hellofadeal ... for all four? do you think they'll hold up as good as OEM ones?
Yes all 4 and if they don't it only cost 75 to figure it out.
 

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How has these been doing for you? I'm gonna order these rear endlinks tonight, but before that, I want to make sure that no abnormalities have happened in the month or so you've had them.
The reason for me getting new endlinks is that my rear end seems to need a 1/2 second to catch up with my front when I change lane quick above 70mph. That really bothers me so I'm thinking it's most likely the endlinks.

Another question, do I have to raise both sides of my car simultaneously when I'm installing these?
 

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No issues with them. My noise was not end links, but they are solid. Happy with them for sure.

You can do one side at a time. Once you line them up and torque the nuts, it's all set.
 

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Did you find out what your noise is? I have a noise that I was SURE was endlinks. However, when I replaced them the noise was still there.
 

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Mine was a combination of things. I think most of it was my axle that was just replaced. Still get a bit of creaking when i go over sloped pavement or some bumps while turning. Tie rod ends or sway bar bushings are my next suspects. I did new front struts, springs,seats, mounts, end links, LCAs, ball joints and a new right axle since June. Just driving it for a while now. Tired of lying under it and not spending anything more on it for a bit.
 

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Idk wtf mine is... it sound just like endlinks, but I have new control arms, tie rod ends, endlinks, and balljoints... This is pissing me off beyond belief...
 

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I've come to understand that endlinks, particularly the fronts, are a 'consumable' item, even when replaced with IPD's 'HD' version. Whenever you hear rattling or clunking coming from the front (if you can determine which end and which side) look to the endlinks first; they don't always show an obvious failure but don't need to too make you car sound like a New York (or Toronto for that matter) cab.
 

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How has these been doing for you? I'm gonna order these rear endlinks tonight, but before that, I want to make sure that no abnormalities have happened in the month or so you've had them.
The reason for me getting new endlinks is that my rear end seems to need a 1/2 second to catch up with my front when I change lane quick above 70mph. That really bothers me so I'm thinking it's most likely the endlinks.

Another question, do I have to raise both sides of my car simultaneously when I'm installing these?
On second thought. It may be better to do the front and then the rear. Raising one side will put tension on the sway bar and could cause issues trying to line up the new links with the holes. I still figure it would be doable, but much easier to have whole car off the ground or front then rear.
 

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On second thought. It may be better to do the front and then the rear. Raising one side will put tension on the sway bar and could cause issues trying to line up the new links with the holes. I still figure it would be doable, but much easier to have whole car off the ground or front then rear.
My front links look great. It's the rear ones I'm worried about. I'll do another inspection and then place the order. I also want to get the iPd lower trans mount but it's out of stock... :(
 

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Still doing well on these?

About to buy a set since my suspension needs some love since I'm past 100K with everything stock (already have new LCA's and ball joints going in soon) and thinking of adding these to the list since its less then 75$ with RA discount.
 

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They did well until last month. Lol. Check the signature. I had no issues but only put a couple thousand miles on them before the R went bye bye.
 

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My front ones are still going well. I replaced mine before TJM, I believe.
 
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