2004 Chevy Monte Carlo SS
July 2011 - Installing Energy Suspension Bushings
Front Sway Bar and End Link Bushings
Update - June 2012 - Even though what I did below with the end links WORKED, I was not 100% thrilled (I had some creaking in the front end). I found that I actually had the CORRECT answer and FORGOT about it. Thanks to this thread I recently re-found (that I even commented on BEFORE I did my sway links) on the MonteCarloForum.com I know have the CORRECT answer. Energy Suspension does not list a kit that fits, but it turns out kit 9.8122r comes as close as you need! If you cross ref it (and I did), it comes back to some compact cars (like the Ford Escort and some other stuff). Oddly, this kit is so close to exact (and perfect enough I'm happy I switched mine, got rid of the creak), I'm surprise that the regular sway links you can buy at the local parts store does not cross ref between these compacts and the Monte (W-body) cars. OH well. If you are thinking of this mod, go for Energy Suspension 9.8122r and it's a regular install, no shimming required!
So I got the itch to want for poly sway bar bushings and end links on the Monte. Admittedly, the original rubber ones appear to be fine.
You can see a little cracking in the rubber bushings on the end links, but the rubber was FAR from dry rotted.
Before I start, YES, you can get Poly sway bar end link kits from ZZP (about $14+shipping) and I also saw some on RockAuto, but they all appear to be blue bushings. Also, to my knowledge, I cannot find a Energy Suspension sway link ket for the 6th gen Monte (or other matching W-Body cars). The first problem I had is I wanted all red bushings AND all Poly. The local parts stores did NOT carry ANYTHING in Poly!! So, I got creative. Energy Suspension sells kit 9.8105R that is JUST the bushings and the washers. I did not want to rely on the factory bolt, nut and plastic spacer being re-usable, so I bought the cheapest sway link kits the store had to offer (happened to be Moog). Kits seen below (along with how I intend to use these parts).
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