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I'll put ten down for "swayloc".

And you'd be a WINNER....

I'm going to lay it out next to my old one tomorrow just to show the difference.

I don't know when they increased the outer tube thickness or by how much.
 
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Well I didn't get anything done with my engine today. Had a rough night last night so I just didn't feel like going out and working on anything. Only got a couple of hours of sleep as I was awake every couple of hours due to pain.

But I did get the SwayLoc box hauled out to the garage.

So here are the two SwayLoc bars laid out next to each other.

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And the arms next to each other.

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And then the bars next to each other. The first thing you'll notice is that the new bars have a flat notch for indexing the arms where the old style bars are splined.

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The inner bars appear to be about the same diameter.

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Now the outer bars are defiantly different in size. Both in OD & the wall thickness.


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The OD of the old outer bar.


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The OD of the new outer bar.


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The thickness of the old outer bar.


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The thickness of the new outer bar.


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Since it's been 8+ years since I've driven my Jeep I won't be able to tell you what the new SwayLoc feels like compared to the old SwayLoc. I remember that when I went from the Anti-Rock to the SwayLoc I noticed a difference between the two on how it handled on road. So I'm looking forward to trying out the new SwayLoc. And with my Jeep being heavier I would think the added torsional strength of the new kit will be a nice feature.
 
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Now you've done it, given me something else to think about spending money on! :unsure:

Thanks that is what I'm here for. I read others build threads and find stuff I want to get all the time.

Seriously, air lock?? I may save some more and jump over the antirock.

For me the air lock is tied into the AiRock system and it unlocks the SwayLoc automatically if I want. Or I can lock and unlock it with the push of a button.

They make a kit with a switch on the dash for those who don't have the AiRock system.
 
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Finally got to work on the engine today. First of course was to install the woodruff key.

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Next was the cam tensioner so a little lock-tite for the bolts.

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And then FINALLY install the timing chain..

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Then get the degree wheel & pointer setup. Here is my old degree wheel compared to the new one. Man do I like using this larger wheel.

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And the pointer made out of a metal coat hanger.

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Next is finding TDC of the #1 piston. You use the piston stop and rotate the engine both directions and split the difference on the degree wheel and that is TDC.

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So I had started with the wheel at TDC and first rotation got me 20* so adjust the wheel to half that.

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Got 9.5* on the next rotation.

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And 10.5* in the other direction. So I needed to move the wheel to 10* and then double checked to confirm it was correct.

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Now it's a LOT faster typing this out but took me a few hours to finally get this RIGHT. Next is to verify that the cam is set correctly by checking lobe center. I'll get into that tomorrow.
 
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So... Is that your third sway lock? Our is the one you pulled off the same as the one you sold?

The one I pulled off is the one I sold. It's the original design and they changed the outer bar at some point but I can't tell you exactly when that was. I had to get the newer one because ORO doesn't make the bushings for the TNT stretch kit for the original style.
So I had to buy the new style which is why I sold my old one.

Clear as MUD?
 

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The one I pulled off is the one I sold. It's the original design and they changed the outer bar at some point but I can't tell you exactly when that was. I had to get the newer one because ORO doesn't make the bushings for the TNT stretch kit for the original style.
So I had to buy the new style which is why I sold my old one.

Clear as MUD?
I'm up to speed. I was just on the hunt for another used one! 😉. I'm kicking myself for hesitating when you sold it...
 
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The one I pulled off is the one I sold. It's the original design and they changed the outer bar at some point but I can't tell you exactly when that was. I had to get the newer one because ORO doesn't make the bushings for the TNT stretch kit for the original style.
So I had to buy the new style which is why I sold my old one.

Clear as MUD?
I'm having expensive thoughts about that TNT stretch kit. Must Resist.
 
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