Rear end-links are seized, what to do?

iheartmuhjeep

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I have been in the process of basically trying to replace every rusty part on my KK, which is like...every part. Anyway, the rear sway bar end-link upper bolts are seized. The bottom ones were too, but I was able to cut them off. The top ones go into a nut that appears to be inside the frame and possibly welded to the frame. This means I can't simply cut these off.
As of now, I have the rear sway bar off the vehicle and the end-links just dangling down.

I drove it without the rear sway bar yesterday, seemed alright but honestly that was my first time driving the Jeep in like 7 months so I don't have any gauge on the feel especially since I just finished putting on OME lift.

Is it OK to leave the bar off, or should I keep working on these bolts even though I'm pretty sure the nut inside is just going to break because it is also very rusty? I drive city and offroad. Thank you for your time.
 

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Get the old one off
Then how much lift
stock sway bar can hold down the rear if going much over 2.5 , 2.75 inches
Plus your track bar may need to be lengthened , if not it will pull body over to one side
 

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I remember those end links being a PITA when Tommudd and I replaced them years ago. Tom had to cut the lower bolts off with an angle grinder. I think we were able to get the upper bolts off somehow but I don’t remember how much persuasion they took. Tom will know.

I wouldn’t run without sway bar links because without them there is no limit to the droop your rear axle can do. You could end up in a position off road where you stretch and break a brake line.
 

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I think it took some liquid something or other , then some very choice words LOL
 

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Thank you for the advice. Yeah, took lots of spray lube, time, and the big breaker-bar to get them out. But they finally came. I've put some pics for future reference if anyone needs to see where these are located.
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