Dakota, 2001-2005

Control Links

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Removal & Installation



Control links are not utilized on 4WD models; the stabilizer end is mounted directly to the lower control arm.

2-Wheel Drive
  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the upper link nut, retainer and grommet from each link.
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  5. Remove the lower link nut from the lower suspension arm on each side.

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    Fig. Typical stabilizer components consist of stabilizer retainer (1), upper link grommets (2), stabilizer link (3) and stabilizer bar (4).

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To install:

  1. Install the lower link retainer and grommet on the links.
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  3. Install the links into the stabilizer bar and lower suspension arm on each side.
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  5. Install the lower link mounting nut and tighten to 47 Nm (35 ft. lbs.).
    NOTE
    Ensure both link end caps are facing straight forward.

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  7. Install the upper link grommet, retainer and nut and tighten to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
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  9. Remove support and lower vehicle.
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  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower nut.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper nut, retainers and grommets from the stabilizer bar.
  6.  
  7. Remove the stabilizer link from the vehicle.

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    Fig. 2005 stabilizer with link (1), retainer (2), stabilizer bar (3), lower control arm (4) and lower nut (5).

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To install:

  1. Install the stabilizer link to the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Install the retainers, grommets and upper nut to the stabilizer bar and tighten to 23 Nm (17 ft. lbs.).
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  5. Install the lower nut and tighten to 102 Nm (75 ft. lbs.).
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  7. Remove the support and lower the vehicle.
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